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Old 11 Jan 2017, 11:46 am
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Default Battery Remove/Replacement Help

Will be attempting to remove and replace a auto battery
in a 2008 PT Cruiser. It's a bit of a challenge for someone
who hasn't removed a battery that is being blocked by
the Air Filter Housing. Was able to view some good
videos and seems to be a common sense thing to accomplish
with no problems. Would you suggest that I replace with
original equipment battery from Mopar instead of a secondary
manufacturer. Reason: The casing from another brand
battery might have a different design and might not fit exactly
as the original. Had a bit of a battery replacement issue with a
different make vehicle that I own. Did not replace the battery
with original and after installing the new battery which was
the correct battery, but from another name brand manufacturer,
the battery did not fit right. Had to use a piece of 2" X 3" lumber
to shim up the space gap, because the battery didn't fit snug.
I understand that the battery will be more if I purchase directly
from the parts dept. of a car dealer. Any feedback would be
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Old 11 Jan 2017, 01:03 pm
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Default Re: Battery Remove/Replacement Help

Just remove the air filter housing and everything will be straight forward. To do the job easily, you need a flat blade screwdriver, a 10mm end wrench, a 13mm socket (I believe), a long extension and a ratchet.

On the issue of the battery, your PT should use a Group 26R battery. These are a standard size. If you get any mainstream brand, it should fit.

As a recommendation, Advance Auto usually has the best battery for the best price if you buy online for in store pickup and use the TRT30, or TRT41 discount code. The TRT30 gives you 30% off up to $50. The other gives a straight $40 off a $100 or more purchase. So the best code to use will depend on the retail price of the battery you buy.

Sadly, there are no reasonably priced AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat - new style) batteries that are direct fit for your PT at this time. I just shopped for one. But the brand of good quality everyday battery that Advance Auto sells, Autocraft, is made by Johnson Control and is the same as many other popular brands like Interstate and even Diehard depending on the model. Here's a link:

PS: I just installed an Optima Group 34/78 AGM battery in my PT. But it must be made to fit. Optima doesn't make a 26R battery. Plus, the battery tray, battery hold-down and air filter are different in the turbo PT.

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Old 11 Jan 2017, 02:11 pm
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Default Re: Battery Remove/Replacement Help

Handy is correct, as long as you get the correct group size, manufacturer doesn't really matter. In your case the groups size is a 26R. The "R" stands for reverse post.
This is the difference in a group 26 and 26R battery.

On your other vehicle where you had to shim the battery to make it fit, IMO the battery that was sold to you was not the correct group. It was a smaller "universal" fit.
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Old 12 Jan 2017, 09:32 pm
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Just replaced the battery on my wife's 02 PT with a ValuPower 26R battery to replace a Duralast that didn't last very long, just 2 really well and paid just $48.88 at Walmart with 1 year warranty......if yours is the non-turbo PT, just loosen than clamp on that filter hose and lift the filter housing directly up...there is a hold down bracket on the side, think it's a 12mm bolt...then you should be able to free up the very careful with putting back the new battery and make sure the polarities are correct.
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Old 12 Jan 2017, 11:59 pm
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IF you remove the bolt and plastic wedge that secures the battery, keep in mind the wedge must be put back with the same side up since it was made made for two different style battery's.
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