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I have the original battery in 2016 MKC Reserve, BXT-47H6. It is in a tight space, hard to check fluid levels. I checked resting voltage after sitting all night and read 12.04 volts, i know this is not the optimal way of checking. Has anyone replaced with a higher cca AGM? Replacement specs group 47 and 48, any experience with these two sizes? Any tips on checking fluid?
 

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The batteries are maintenance free and are sealed.
 
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I let the MKC sit for a couple of days, popped the hood and if course the welcome and running lights activated. Battery voltage read 11.9 on my volt meter, let it sit for an hour and it recovered to 12.4 volts with no lights on.
 

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Anybody know what the purple cable under the hood on driver side is? Terminates on a strange looking bolt and looks like it comes from the negative battery terminal.
 

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Anybody know what the purple cable under the hood on driver side is? Terminates on a strange looking bolt and looks like it comes from the negative battery terminal.
safe jump point... I just didn't know it was purple.
 

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Is that it's intended purpose? If so it would be a very convenient place to attach a charger wiring harness. The negative battery terminal is hard to get to.
 

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Is that it's intended purpose? If so it would be a very convenient place to attach a charger wiring harness. The negative battery terminal is hard to get to.
That is its intended purpose, because the negative battery terminal is hard to get to.
 

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The bigger question is... how the heck do you replace the battery. it seems like you need to remove the engine to get it out.
 

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Polaris ATV has a written procedure on battery replacement and my 8N tractor you had to be a contortionist to change the battery. Engineers use battery placement to test us for sainthood.
 

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If I ever change the battery in the MKC I think I will take advantage of the Deka dealer's free instalation service.
 

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The bigger question is... how the heck do you replace the battery. it seems like you need to remove the engine to get it out.
When the dealer replaced mine he mentioned it was a bit of work to get it out.. Newer vehicles have batteries all over the place - On the Grand Cherokee its under the passenger seat.
 

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I just replaced my battery after it died last week. 4 1/2 years old is typical for a car that sits at the airport for weeks at a time in winter. However, it was the worst battery to remove I have ever dealt with. Changing a battery should be a 5 minute job. I had to wrestle this thing out of its nest. Terrible engineering. While I was in there I had a look at the air filter. Another engineering fail. The most convoluted airbox design possible, with the filter bottom as part of the airbox shell. The intake splits into two going into the airbox. Just silly nonsense.
 

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I had to replace the battery in my 2016 for 51,xxx miles on it yesterday. Took a bit longer than expected. This will help you if you need to do this yourself.
 

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I had to replace the battery in my 2016 for 51,xxx miles on it yesterday. Took a bit longer than expected. This will help you if you need to do this yourself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg8SXVUETE0
Look like the video is gone. Do you have another link? By just looking at it, the Airbox comes out and should pull out from there. I saw one on an Escape, and they removed the entire wiper cowl and drain pan was taken out, seemed overkill but what do I know? hehe
 

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Almost every weekend I put the MKC on my Ctec charger/maintainer. Left the vehicle at the airport, parked outside in record cold temps for two weeks. It started right up, no problems so keeping it charged when at home allowed it to maintain off the charger. The Ctec was a good investment, I use it all the time, on my F150 during the week. In cold country a good charged battery is a necessity. When I had the oil changed the battery was checked and passed.
 

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For anyone needing to replace the battery, here is an excellent video from The Battery Shop. It's for an Escape but same procedure for the MKC. No need to remove the cowl like many videos show.

 

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That is by far the best instruction video I have seen for this task - and although it is for an escape - this applies perfectly to the MKC.

For anyone needing to replace the battery, here is an excellent video from The Battery Shop. It's for an Escape but same procedure for the MKC. No need to remove the cowl like many videos show.

 
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