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Old 07 Nov 2018, 04:25 am
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I had issues with 2 Interstate batteries in my PT, so I won't be buying them again

Both of them leaked around the positive post and would cause all kinds of corrosion onto the cables, had to clean it about every month.
The original battery lasted 7 years. I changed it for peace of mind. Replaced it with another 26R size [interstate]. It lasted for 3 years. Changed it again with a 58R size [interstate - 1" - 2" longer]. It bolted in but the insulation cover had to be cut vertically on the corner, taped in place, and put the gap side toward the fender. It lasted 2 1/2 years. The interstate guy treated me fairly.

I've had good luck with interstate batteries in the past in other cars. They have different levels. And maybe different manufacturers for different levels?
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My Optima battery's never shown the slightest corrosion on the posts. Being completely sealed is an other advantage relative to maintenance. It's ability to withstand other ravages I've experienced with previous cheaper batteries is an anther positive. Admittedly though, I really like the neat Red top!
I changed to the later PT air cleaner because lack of access to the positive and negative posts on my battery with the earlier style. It works for me. There must be a reason Chrysler made this change in the later model PTs. Happy PTin', ptprice


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I think you'd be better off buying a $6 maintainer for when your car is unused for any length of time. Sitting half charged is what kills batteries. Any battery. If you use your car often, the three year old battery is probably fine.
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Earlier this year I put an Optima battery in SOOO BIG and converted to a later model air cleaner for better battery access . Very pleased with this battery and features. A little more costly at first purchase but they last a lot longer and are truly sealed. If your keeping your PT for any period of time I'd recommend getting one when you replace batteries.
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If you want to make your battery totally visible, get the air box cover that's on the Turbo and the battery will be totally open



I don't know why Chrysler had to have 2 different covers for the air box

I understand why the Turbo one is like it is because the battery on the Turbo has the hold down bracket that goes over the top of the battery.

But the extra part over the battery on the NA adds nothing, and they could have used the Turbo air box cover on both models.
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The original battery lasted 7 years. I changed it for peace of mind. Replaced it with another 26R size [interstate]. It lasted for 3 years. Changed it again with a 58R size [interstate - 1" - 2" longer]. It bolted in but the insulation cover had to be cut vertically on the corner, taped in place, and put the gap side toward the fender. It lasted 2 1/2 years. The interstate guy treated me fairly.

I've had good luck with interstate batteries in the past in other cars. They have different levels. And maybe different manufacturers for different levels?
They only offer 1 version for the PT, their MT-26R.

The one I have currently in my PT is from Advance Auto:

https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/...ouq1LE8Q%3D%3D

When I thought I had some electrical issues, I've been by the Advance Auto store a couple of times for them to test the battery while in my PT. Both times it tested good and was actually providing more CCA than what it is rated for. So far I've had no issues with it.
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But the extra part over the battery on the NA adds nothing, and they could have used the Turbo air box cover on both models.
Most cars have seemingly useless air chambers nowadays. They act as mufflers to quiet intake howl.
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Most cars have seemingly useless air chambers nowadays. They act as mufflers to quiet intake howl.
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The turbocharger air piping helps quiet noise coming back through the air cleaner. It's louder when the air cleaner is connected directly to the throttle body like on the N/A PT's. The extra part on the N/A air cleaner is to help control that noise. The turbo cars don't need it.
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Most cars have seemingly useless air chambers nowadays. They act as mufflers to quiet intake howl.
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The turbocharger air piping helps quiet noise coming back through the air cleaner. It's louder when the air cleaner is connected directly to the throttle body like on the N/A PT's. The extra part on the N/A air cleaner is to help control that noise. The turbo cars don't need it.
I'll accept both explanations, I never noticed that the front part of the airbox cover was open, but it is
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If you want to make your battery totally visible, get the air box cover that's on the Turbo and the battery will be totally open



I don't know why Chrysler had to have 2 different covers for the air box

I understand why the Turbo one is like it is because the battery on the Turbo has the hold down bracket that goes over the top of the battery.

But the extra part over the battery on the NA adds nothing, and they could have used the Turbo air box cover on both models.
Your right. That's the most sensible air cleaner for the PT Cruiser. I searched but haven't found any turbos in the salvage yard yet or I would have pulled one.
I did some adaption on the air cleaner mount to make the later model fit properly.
The battery hold down on SOOO BIG locks on to the the base of the battery.
Thanks. Happy PTin' ptprice
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Your right. That's the most sensible air cleaner for the PT Cruiser. I searched but haven't found any turbos in the salvage yard yet or I would have pulled one.
I did some adaption on the air cleaner mount to make the later model fit properly.
The battery hold down on SOOO BIG locks on to the the base of the battery.
Thanks. Happy PTin' ptprice
You may want re-read posts #16 & #17 about what the purpose of the "extension" is on the NA air box cover. You may get more "noise" with switching to the Turbo cover.
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