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...it's not like I've never changed a freakin' car battery before. But this 2007 Impala SS of mine is testing my patience. I realize with the transversly mounted V-8, things are tight, and it took me an hour just to remove the bolts on the battery mount, as there'e about a inch clearance between that and the engine pulley's. The problem is I can't get the old battery out because the fuse box is in the way. And in my research so far, the answer seems to be.....unbolt and move the fuse box.....unless I'm missing something, not an option. 2 leads from the wiring harness enter the top of the box, no problem, but, the third enters the box at the bottom, on the side of the box. The third lead goes into the body and where ever, but the third lead is not moveable, nor is there any slack in it. So, with the fuse bax unbolted, I can move the box a 1/2 inch, not enough. Any suggestions would be most helpful. At work right now, good thing I have 2 cars.....LOL.....thanks all.
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...it's not like I've never changed a freakin' car battery before. But this 2007 Impala SS of mine is testing my patience. I realize with the transversly mounted V-8, things are tight, and it took me an hour just to remove the bolts on the battery mount, as there'e about a inch clearance between that and the engine pulley's. The problem is I can't get the old battery out because the fuse box is in the way. And in my research so far, the answer seems to be.....unbolt and move the fuse box.....unless I'm missing something, not an option. 2 leads from the wiring harness enter the top of the box, no problem, but, the third enters the box at the bottom, on the side of the box. The third lead goes into the body and where ever, but the third lead is not moveable, nor is there any slack in it. So, with the fuse bax unbolted, I can move the box a 1/2 inch, not enough. Any suggestions would be most helpful. At work right now, good thing I have 2 cars.....LOL.....thanks all.
To "move" the fuse box just unscrew the top two nuts and it will lift up enough for you to get the battery out. You don't have to take the whole thing off and move it across the car, just move it a couple of inches up and PRESTO! It will help to have someone hold that fuse box out of the way though.

Not sure what battery you're going with but the optimas will fall right into place. They are smaller than the stock delco, just make sure you get the right one for our cars.

Oh yeah, it took me about an hour just to get the battery out too, but I was by myself. The optima took about 2 min to drop in and hook up.
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