REPLACING THE BATTERY
This is a weird-looking battery plus terminal. Not having seen one before, I wondered if there was a special tool required to overcome some mad bit of French over-complication. In fact, it’s incredibly quick and easy to disconnect…
…as all you need to do is flip the red bit upwards and the plus terminal is instantly disconnected – an excellent idea if you ever needed to disconnect the battery in a hurry. Give the terminal a wipe over and apply some grease.
We mentioned the yellow arrow in Step 2 – it’s the quick release lever for the battery clamp. It’s a bit tricky, but you need to pull the lever sideways to release the battery. In practice, the battery required a good old heave to extract.
Here is the new Vetech battery fitted – it was a slight struggle to get it into place and for the release lever to lock into position (make sure the battery tray is nice and clean). The 207 now starts with far more enthusiasm than it formerly did.
Remove the negative terminal first by slackening this 10mm nut and wiggling it free. You should always disconnect the negative first (as when working on electrics) as it isolates all the vehicle wiring earth points.
The front battery cover comes off first, followed by the second section. We’re not sure why Peugeot designed the cover in two sections as there’s room to remove the whole thing in one go. Notice the yellow arrow – we’ll refer to that later.
The 207 battery lives under the bonnet, beneath this plastic box – it’s actually in two sections but is easy to remove. The battery specs are 62Ah, 540A SAE and it doesn’t need coding to the car.