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    Question 2010 kia soul battery replacement

    Hello KIA Owners:

    I have a 2010 KIA Soul and need to have my battery replaced. I didnt think it was going to be a big deal to have the battery replaced. There is an AutoZone less than 1 mile from my house, so I checked their webiste and it said that they carry batteries for my model year. When I took it over this morning they told me that they cannot replace the battery and that I should take it to the dealer or licensed mechanic because replacing batteries in KIAs are tricky.

    I went home and decided to check out the web site for information about the KIA so I would have a better understanding of what he meant before searching out another place to replace my battery. I have been able to locate bits and pieces, but would like help to be directed to a web site I can get all of the information. I would also appreciate info from anyone who has had similar problems having their battery replaced so that I that the mechanic I choose is not trying to hose hose me down when he tells me it is going to cost more to replace than usual.

    Can anyone help?

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    Replacing a battery, tricky??? Why?
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    What's wrong with the battery? I've never heard of oem batteries dying after only 2 yers unless you somehow constantly let it drain dead or live in super extreme conditions. My oem elantra battery is 8 years old, having spent 4 of those years in Montreal with cold winters and humid summers and it's still in good condition.

    The reason you should go to the dealer is that it should still be under some sort of warranty...

    That being said, you unhook the negative, then unhook the positive, remove the battery holddown, swap batteries and reverse the process to install. There's nothing tricky about it.

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    Here's a GREAT DIY from RED ZMAN of SoulHamsters fame:

    Diy - Ecu And Battery/battery Tray Removal - Soul Hamsters Forum
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    About that diy- the order of removing the terminals is reversed. You should always disconnect the ground side first (some cars are + ground, but souls are not). Then take off hot.

    It's like Jumping a car... You hook up the hot then you hook up the grnd and to remove you take off the grnd first and the the hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weinerd View Post
    What's wrong with the battery? I've never heard of oem batteries dying after only 2 yers unless you somehow constantly let it drain dead or live in super extreme conditions. My oem elantra battery is 8 years old, having spent 4 of those years in Montreal with cold winters and humid summers and it's still in good condition.

    The reason you should go to the dealer is that it should still be under some sort of warranty...

    That being said, you unhook the negative, then unhook the positive, remove the battery holddown, swap batteries and reverse the process to install. There's nothing tricky about it.
    My 2010 is 3 and a half years old. I am pretty sure that the battery is not covered under warranty.
    The only thing that I can think of is saving the preset electrical settings using one of those accessory adaptor plug ins while you replace the battery. Possibly the battery is a custom size? Check with another parts store over the phone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    Here's a GREAT DIY from RED ZMAN of SoulHamsters fame:

    Diy - Ecu And Battery/battery Tray Removal - Soul Hamsters Forum
    Nice find Marc. There you go easy to DIY, and tell that car parts employee that he doesn't know S#!t.
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    That employee was just lazy and didn't want to replace your battery for you

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    But really though, do you want an autozone/o'reilly/etc employee to touch your car? I know I don't. My 6 year old has more car knowledge that most of those guys.

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