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Old 27 Jan 2014, 10:55 am
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Hey -

I am looking into getting a new battery for my 2008 PT - Touring. I am from Iowa, so it can get really cold here.

From what I have gathered, the original had a CCA of 510?

Some people have suggested the AutoCraft 26R Battery with 575 CCA from advanceautoparts.com.

Walmart has an EverStart 26R Battery with 540 CCA that is a little cheaper (and closer to where I live to get it installed).

I have also read somewhere how that AutoCraft battery isn't necessarily the most dependable.

My questions are...

1) Is there a specific brand within a college student price range that has a good battery? (At most $100)
2) How vast is the difference between 540 CCA and 575 CCA?
3) Is there a maximum amount of CCA a car should have?

I just bought this a month ago, it seems to be in good condition (minus the face it doesn't start when its -40 windchill), but I don't really know much about cars to make an valid statement.
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Old 27 Jan 2014, 11:35 am
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Default Re: New Battery

Found this in a search....

What does CCA mean?
Cold Cranking Amps is a rating used in the battery industry to define a battery's ability to start an engine in cold temperatures. The rating is the number of amps a new, fully charged battery can deliver at 0 Farenheit for 30 seconds, while maintaining a voltage of at least 7.2 volts, for a 12 volt battery. The higher the CCA rating, the greater the starting power of the battery.

Yep and there really is no such thing as too much CCA's.

Keep searching for the highest CCA's you can afford (becuase of where you live) in the size (26R) that fits the PT. Make sure wherever you buy, they install it for FREE (unless you can do it) and have the battery cable ends checked for corrosion and tightness.
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Old 27 Jan 2014, 11:37 am
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Hey -

I am looking into getting a new battery for my 2008 PT - Touring. I am from Iowa, so it can get really cold here.

From what I have gathered, the original had a CCA of 510?

Some people have suggested the AutoCraft 26R Battery with 575 CCA from advanceautoparts.com.
Good choice local and easy to get warrantied if the need should arise.

Walmart has an EverStart 26R Battery with 540 CCA that is a little cheaper (and closer to where I live to get it installed).
For you IMO I would get this and be done with it!

I have also read somewhere how that AutoCraft battery isn't necessarily the most dependable.
This is inaccurate information

My questions are...

1) Is there a specific brand within a college student price range that has a good battery? (At most $100)
You need to shop your area and find this out for yourself.

2) How vast is the difference between 540 CCA and 575 CCA?
Yes.... 35 CCA difference
3) Is there a maximum amount of CCA a car should have?
NO....you should at least get the minimum that would be the auto manufactures recommend CCA for your specif application

I just bought this a month ago, it seems to be in good condition (minus the face it doesn't start when its -40 windchill), but I don't really know much about cars to make an valid statement.

One last thing...............
Windchill is felt be humans not cars!


You should go to your local Auto Parts store or better would be a service shop so they can evaluate and/or check your complete charging system for you. And both suggestions they can talk to you specifically about your battery needs and what you can afford.
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Old 27 Jan 2014, 11:43 am
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Just wondering how many threads you need to start about your battery needs?
One was more then enough I should think?

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Old 27 Jan 2014, 12:10 pm
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I figured this would be a better place to ask.
Thank you everyone.
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Old 27 Jan 2014, 12:20 pm
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I figured this would be a better place to ask.
Thank you everyone.
Forums have a good information base but in most cases the member asking the question do not give all the details about their PT Cruiser. In the case of batteries everybody has an opinion which is largely based on personal use and not really technical information.
Electrical systems on vehicles and especially on someones vehicle that does little to no maintenance themselves should really be seeking experts in the business like licensed service shops or a good trained CSR in an auto parts store.

It is easy to recommend a battery to some one "bigger" CCR is better" but if your charging system is not up to the task of keeping the new battery charged and/or your generator belt is about ready to break etc., then all the internet advise about batteries is really not ultimately helpful in the end?


IMO your biggest issue here is how well the charging system is and what you can afford on your budget for your new battery?
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