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Old 24 Nov 2004, 03:56 pm
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How do you get to the battery to replace it on the PT?
I just had to replace a battery on a 97 Sebring JXI. I thought when you bought the battery they would do it for you. No such luck. One guy wanted $65.00 to replace the battery. That as much as it cost for the battery itself. It motivated me to do it myself, on a Sebring you have to take off the driver side wheel and the inside shroud and it's right thier, took about 1/2 hour. In my book not worth paying $65.00 even with a sore back.
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Old 24 Nov 2004, 04:31 pm
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Stirfry,

Don't pay anyone. Just start taking off the parts that go with the air filter. Lid, filter itself, lower compartment etc., the battery will show itself when you have enough parts out of the way. The lower compartment is held down by plastic pointers that push down into rubber groumets. When your ready to put it out of the way, wiggle it from side to side while pulling up and out. It's the only thing I don't have pictures of becuase I did away with the OEM filter over 3 years ago.
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Old 24 Nov 2004, 04:58 pm
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I have a funny story to tell about this. I had only had my PT about 2 months. The battery died. It was the first snow of the season. I took the car to my local autozone to buy a battery. The people there are always good to us and he was like "I tell ya what, I will come out there and change it for you so you dont have to worry about the core charge.

The poor technician and I were confused as all hell. We literally didn't know where the battery was! We looked and realized it was under the airbox. He was afraid to take it out because "he didn't know if it was bolted in and didn't want to break it."

So he jumped me off and I took off home. When I finally figured out how to remove the airbox, I took the old battery back in. The entire staff came out to learn how to take the battery out/airbox removal.

It was quite funny. Me not knowing that much about cars, showing these people how to do it!
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Old 24 Nov 2004, 06:00 pm
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Thanks Guys!
Ya that goes to show you, if you put your mind to it you can take apart and put back together anything. And what a feeling when it works.[8)]
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Old 24 Nov 2004, 07:22 pm
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The trick to putting something back together is to know how it
came apart.65 dollars, I'd say he really didn't want to mess with it.
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Old 24 Nov 2004, 10:17 pm
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quote:Originally posted by jmack

I have a funny story to tell about this. I had only had my PT about 2 months. The battery died. It was the first snow of the season. I took the car to my local autozone to buy a battery. The people there are always good to us and he was like "I tell ya what, I will come out there and change it for you so you dont have to worry about the core charge.

The poor technician and I were confused as all hell. We literally didn't know where the battery was! We looked and realized it was under the airbox. He was afraid to take it out because "he didn't know if it was bolted in and didn't want to break it."

So he jumped me off and I took off home. When I finally figured out how to remove the airbox, I took the old battery back in. The entire staff came out to learn how to take the battery out/airbox removal.

It was quite funny. Me not knowing that much about cars, showing these people how to do it!
I called AutoZone about a new battery and the guy said "our computers don't show a battery for a PT." I told him it had one in it right now but they didn't carry a battery for it. Dealer wanted $140 plus parts and labor (what freakin' parts). Finally went to local tire store and bought one for $65.
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Old 29 Nov 2004, 03:13 pm
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God that is crazy! It amazes me that companies think they can get away with stuff like this...I just don't get it. I think that is why I like my car, because I can actually do some things on my own without the need for technician.
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Old 29 Nov 2004, 06:18 pm
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This is the first car in a long while that I am NOT afraid to tackle to fix something on it. I have saved many $$$'s () by doing it myself.

Most of the info, I picked up here and on PT DIY. Thank you everyone!![8)]
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