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Old 22 Aug 2015, 03:34 pm
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Hiya team (because I do feel like we're all a big team )

My battery sits in its tray, and I have it clamped down with the stock battery hold down Chrysler has provided. This prevents my battery from jumping up when I hit a bump. However, it doesn't prevent my battery from sliding side to side.

In the picture, my battery is pushed all the way to the side of the engine bay, leaving a good 2+ inches of space on the left. The battery doesn't stay put, though. It slides left and right, easily, at least when I push it by hand.
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I've seen pictures of a top mounted hold down (I think it was Handy_Cruiser). Was that stock, or aftermarket? I've been thinking of cutting a piece of wood to shim into the gap, but that seems so, well, not sleek.

Any suggestions, tips? Do others have this issue? Am I missing something?

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Old 22 Aug 2015, 03:50 pm
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If you have all the correct OE battery hold owns and the correct battery then there should be no movement in any direction of the battery.

If you start a thread and don't tell us what year and model PT Cruiser you have it makes it difficult with some things to accurately help or give suggestions.

Just because you are a regular remember now does not mean we all are going to remember your PT info?
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Old 22 Aug 2015, 03:58 pm
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If the battery is the right size, the little wedge with the bolt though it should "pitch" the battery in place and not let it slide side to side. First, make sure the battery is properly seated on the back side against the fixed wedge made into the tray. Then make sure the wedge with the bolt is not upside down. At this point you may need to push the wedge in tight against the battery as you tighten the bolt. With a properly sized battery, this is likely unnecessary. But if the battery is a little smaller than is typical, it may be.

In the end, the wedge should be able to hold the battery just fine. This is what most cars have used for thirty years or more. I'm still not sure why Mr. Chrysler decided to use the wonky battery hold-down on the turbo PT's. If you cannot get the wedge to hold the battery tight, something is likely wrong.
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Old 22 Aug 2015, 04:04 pm
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If you have all the correct OE battery hold owns and the correct battery then there should be no movement in any direction of the battery.

If you start a thread and don't tell us what year and model PT Cruiser you have it makes it difficult with some things to accurately help or give suggestions.

Just because you are a regular remember now does not mean we all are going to remember your PT info?
My Year and Model are in my signature line, NitroPT. I put it there thinking it would make it easier than having to type it out every time. I guess not.

The battery was installed by the previous owner. I assumed it was the correct battery but it may not be, as there is much more space in the battery tray? I'll look into it.

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Old 22 Aug 2015, 04:07 pm
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First, make sure the battery is properly seated on the back side against the fixed wedge made into the tray.
Question, my wedge with the bolt is on the side closest to the steering wheel.

From what you've written, it sounds like there is a fixed wedge on the other side of the tray, opposite the one with the bolt? If this is the case, I believe my battery tray does not have that wedge. I'm going to go check right now.

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Old 22 Aug 2015, 04:11 pm
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Here's a battery tray I took out of a 2002 PT. You can see the wedge made into the back side. It's not much, but its there and it's necessary to hold the battery in place.

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My Year and Model are in my signature line, NitroPT. I put it there thinking it would make it easier than having to type it out every time. I guess not.

The battery was installed by the previous owner. I assumed it was the correct battery but it may not be, as there is much more space in the battery tray? I'll look into it.

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well looks like you got two good answers.

You might for future reference go look at parts placement schematics and drawing that are all over the internet.



As for your signature be honest you ever completely read mine. LOL
I don't have time to read everyone's signatures because some are long and colorful.
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Old 22 Aug 2015, 04:19 pm
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well looks like you got two good answers.

You might for future reference go look at parts placement schematics and drawing that are all over the internet.



As for your signature be honest you ever completely read mine. LOL
I don't have time to read everyone's signatures because some are long and colorful.
I have read your signature, as a matter of fact.

Mine is short and simple. Shouldn't be too hard to see it. It's just one sentence.

I've have look at parts placement schematics and drawing that are all over the internet.
I also have the parts catalog saved on my computer. But, isn't the purpose of a forum to ask questions? Perhaps something has been added/modified that I'm not finding all over the internet.
Otherwise, what's the point of a forum like this.
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Old 22 Aug 2015, 04:21 pm
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Here's a battery tray I took out of a 2002 PT. You can see the wedge made into the back side. It's not much, but its there and it's necessary to hold the battery in place.

my battery tray looks exactly like that.

Is the wedge you're talking about the area with the series of vertical lines?
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Old 22 Aug 2015, 04:39 pm
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my battery tray looks exactly like that.

Is the wedge you're talking about the area with the series of vertical lines?
Yes, the "wedge" that is fixed in the tray is really just a series of "teeth". But it should be holding the backside of the battery the same way the wedge with the bolt holds it on the other side.

Here's a closeup. It doesn't look like much, but this tray worked perfectly in my 2001 Limited and held the battery in place securely.

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