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How to Replace a Battery in a 1998 Rav4

Updated July 20, 2017

The Toyota Rav4 was the first compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV). It initially debuted in Europe in 1994. However, Toyota began selling it in the U.S. in 1996. The Rav4 gave drivers the benefits of an SUV like extra room and a four-wheel drive option, with the benefits of a smaller vehicle, like better gas mileage. Your Rav4's battery, in conjunction with your starter and ignition switch, is responsible for starting your vehicle.

Make certain your key is not in the "On" position.

Remove the negative battery cable with the socket set. The negative (black cable) will be attached to the negative battery terminal, which is marked with a (-) sign. Next, remove the positive battery cable. The positive battery terminal on your Rav4 will be denoted by a (+) sign. The positive battery cable is usually red in colour.

Remove the battery hold-down clamp with the socket and ratchet.

Lift the old battery out of your engine compartment and set it aside.

Use a wire brush to clean off the battery cables. Also inspect your battery cables to make sure they are not broken or frayed anywhere.

Lift the new battery up and set it in the battery tray. Replace the battery hold-down clamp. Attach the positive battery cable to the positive battery post with the socket set. Next, attach the negative terminal.

Insert your key in the ignition and start your engine to test the connection.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket set
  • Wire brush
  • Replacement battery
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Ashton Daigle, a New Orleans native, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1998 and went straight to work as a journalist. In 2005 he tackled the biggest news story of his life - Hurricane Katrina. Daigle is writing a collection of essays: What It Means to be a Saints Fan.