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Nissan Frontier 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead 12 volt car battery in the engine bay of a 2nd generation 2005 to 2016 Nissan Frontier pickup truck.

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2016 Frontier 12V Battery
Loosen 10mm Nut
Battery Hold Down Bar
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation "D40 Series" (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Nissan Frontier pickup truck with the VQ40DE 4.0 liter V6 engine in changing a dead 12V automotive battery.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Navara, Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Sentra, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM battery is a genuine Nissan # 24410-JA10B.

A few other compatible replacement "Group Size 35" 12 volt car batteries with their part numbers include the following: Optima 8040-218 D35 YellowTop, Bosch S6523B S6, EverStart MAXX-35N, AutoCraft Gold 35-2, Bosch 35-640B and  Optima 8020-164 35 RedTop,

The tools needed to access and replace the battery include a deep well 10mm socket (or a 10mm wrench) and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Lift Off Battery Clamp
Loosen Negative Terminal
Pull Off "-" Terminal
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the left (passenger) side of the engine bay.

The OEM 12 volt car battery is located just behind the passenger side headlight assembly.

Loosen the two nuts on the battery hold down bar or "clamp" by turning them counterclockwise with either a deep well 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench or a regular 10mm wrench.

Remove the two "J" hook bars on the battery hold down clamp from their mounting holes in the battery tray.

Set the battery hold down clamp assembly aside in a safe place.

Loosen the negative "-" terminal by rotating the nut a few turns in the counterclockwise direction with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Pull the negative terminal off the "-" battery post.

Cover & Tuck Away
Open "+" Terminal Cover
Loosen Positive Terminal
Wrap the negative terminal in a small towel or rag and tuck it away on the side of the battery to help prevent accidental contact.

Flip open the plastic cover on the positive "+" terminal.

Loosen the 10mm nut on the positive battery terminal by turning it counterclockwise a few turns.

Pull Off Positive Terminal
Cover & Tuck On Side
Remove Battery Box
Pull the positive terminal straight off the "+" battery post.

Cover the positive terminal with a small towel and tuck it away on the side of the battery.

Pull the fabric and foam battery heat shield cover off the old battery and set it aside.

Lift Out Old 12V Battery
Clean Off Battery Tray
Lower In New Battery
Carefully lift the old 12 volt car battery out of the engine bay and gently rest it on the ground.

Try to avoid tipping over or dropping the old battery to prevent from having acid leak out.

If you can wait a few days, I recommend buying the Optima 8020-164 35 RedTop battery since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Be sure to take the old battery to a retailer such as Walmart or an auto parts store to have it properly recycled and to avoid having to pay a "core" charge or recycling fee for your new battery.

Clean off any debris from the battery tray so that the new battery will rest evenly on it.

Carefully lower the new 12V battery in to the engine bay with the "-" negative post on the right (driver) side and the "+" positive post on the left (passenger) side.


Replace Battery Heat Shield
Battery Cover Replaced
Push On Positive Terminal
Lower the battery heat shield cover down in to place over the new battery.

If you've had a problem with corrosion building up on the terminals, consider installing some felt anti-corrosion washers over the battery posts.

Push the positive terminal on to the "+" battery post.

Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Close "+" Plastic Cover
Lower Down Battery Clamp
Tighten the 10mm terminal nut in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the battery terminal to prevent from cracking or damaging the battery post which may lead to an acid leak.

Flip the plastic cover closed over the positive terminal.

Carefully lower the battery hold down clamp and "J" hooks over the new battery while avoiding making contact with the terminals.

Re-Insert "J" Hook Bars
"J" Hook In Mounting Hole
Tighten 10mm Nuts
Re-insert the "J" shaped hooks at the end of the bars in to their corresponding holes on the battery tray.

Tighten the two 10mm nuts on the battery hold down clamp with the deep well 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench or a standard 10mm wrench.

Tighten Front 10mm Nut
Push On Negative Terminal
Tighten 10mm "-" Terminal
Try to move the new battery on the tray. If the new battery can be rocked, wiggled or slid around on the battery tray, tighten the two 10mm nuts until the battery is securely in place.

Push the negative terminal on to the "-" battery post.

Tighten the negative terminal nut in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight.

Test the new 12V battery by starting the engine and turning on the headlights.

Please be sure to adjust the time on the clock and program your favorite radio station presets before you start driving.

For more, check out my other Nissan Frontier DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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