Does sears do free battery installation if you buy from them?

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  1. Techie333

    Techie333 Platinum Member

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    I am planning to get battery replaced, if I do it at sears do they do free installation? Any battery brands you guys would recommend for my 98 Mercedes SLK230?
     
  2. deftron

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    YEs ... pretty much anyone does that
    sells batteries and also installs tires or does oil changes

    Putting a new battery in is about the easiest thing you can do under the hood.
     
  3. paulney

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    Or under the trunk.
     
  4. DingDingDao

    DingDingDao Diamond Member

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    Yup. Only thing I can think of that might be easier is the air filter.

    Oh, don't forget to buy some steel wool to clean off the battery posts before you install. Connect positive pole first (that's the red one, with the + sign). That's all I can think of. Anyone else?
     
  5. NutBucket

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    Or under the backseat;)
     
  6. jlee

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    If you have an anti-theft stereo, make sure you know how to reactivate it..
     
  7. Techie333

    Techie333 Platinum Member

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    Yea, I replaced my HU w/ aftermarket, BTW, I just called Sears and they want to charge $12.99 to install it!!!
     
  8. ScoobMaster

    ScoobMaster Platinum Member

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    Usually - Yes. Apparently you have not replaced one in a Chrysler "cloud car" yet (Cirrus, Stratus, or Breeze). The battery in these cars is located down in the driver's side wheel well (you have to remove the left front tire). Not really difficult, but a pain in the butt (especially in the cold season if you don't own a garage!)
     
  9. GasX

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    Don't hook it up backwards!

    It's really bad, mmkay?
     
  10. nakedfrog

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    Yeah, don't bother, if you can install a hard drive in a PC, you should be able to install a battery in a car.
     
  11. nakedfrog

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    Yeah, I've got one of those, and I don't look forward to the day when I have to muck with the battery.
     
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    Quoted for truth.

    - M4H
     
  13. Actaeon

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    Heh, my battery is in my trunk, just move a piece of the trunk liner, and its exposed. Very easy to get to. Too bad its a special battery (it has slightly different dimensions compared to a regular one), and I don't think they're available at just ANY autostore. I know I can order it online, as well as pick one up at a Mazda Dealership, not sure about anywhere else.

    Very easy to do yourself, only minor handtools are needed to remove any bracing/support (if any) that holds the battery in. Disconnect the old one, red/positive first, then remove the black/ground. Then plug in the red/positive first, then the black/ground wire. Make sure the black/ground isn't touching any metal whenever you disconnect/reconnect the red wire. Put the bracing/support back on, and you're good to go.
     
  14. DeMeo

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    I bought a battery from Sears a few months ago. They charge $15 to install.
    (I installed it myself, seeing as the vehicle was at home with a totally dead battery).
    I think you'll actually find that most places do charge for installation. If they tell you it's free, they most liekley jacked the price up.
     
  15. Spencer278

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    Or make connect the battiers in parral ensuring that one battery is aways connected. An external battery pack makes that easy.
     
  16. oogabooga

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    or just know how to reactivate it, that's probally far less work :)
     
  17. deftron

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    I think Wal-Mart installs them for free...


    I know they install air filters and windsheild wipers free with purchase.