Many OEM repair procedures may indicate to disconnect the battery/ negative terminal prior to performing any type of work on the vehicle. DEG Inquiry 16158 response from MOTORS “Per the Guide to Estimating D&R of the battery is a not included item.”

Disconnecting the battery multiple times may be required to facilitate proper disassembly, welding, dent pulling, refinishing process or as necessary per the OEM procedures having to move the vehicle from department to department. If multiple battery disconnects are required, it will require an on the spot evaluation. If the labor footnotes in any estimating system indicates that the labor is INCLUDED, the labor included would be for one disconnect only.

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