How to Change a Battery on the Dodge Carsby Contributing WriterUpdated June 12, 2017
At some point the battery in your Dodge car will die. When the battery finally gives out, you can save money by installing a new battery yourself. You must be aware, though, that changing the battery on your Dodge car will be a bit more involved than just opening the hood, as the car's battery is located in the well of the driver's side front fender. Yet, armed with the proper tools, patience and a little know-how, you can get the job done and have your Dodge car up and running in no time at all.
Under The Hood:
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- How to Change a Battery in a 1998 Dodge Stratus
Turn off your Viper and pop the trunk.
Remove the black, plastic compartment lid covering the battery compartment. Unscrew the two anchoring screws holding the lid in place using a Phillips screwdriver. Set the lid aside.
Loosen the bolt holding the wired connection point to the negative (black) terminal using an adjustable wrench or pliers. Remove the connection point from the negative terminal by hand.
Loosen the bolt holding the wired connection point to the positive (red) terminal using an adjustable wrench or pliers. Remove the connection point from the positive terminal by hand.
Lift the old battery out of the compartment.
Clear the battery compartment of any debris, including an oxidation, dust or moisture.
Place the new battery into the compartment.
Attach the wired connection points to the appropriate terminals on the new battery. Replace the positive connection points before the negative connection points. Tighten the bolts using an adjustable wrench or pliers.
Replace and screw down the black, plastic lid covering the battery compartment.
Items you will need
Place your Stratus in “Park” and engage the emergency brake. While in the car, make sure all of the accessories are turned off. Then fetch the jack and lug wrench from the trunk, as you’ll need to remove the front, driver’s side tire to access the battery.
Jack the car up so that the front, driver’s side tire is off the ground. Use your lug wrench to remove the wheel lugs and slide the wheel/tire off the bolts. Set the tire to the side.
Remove the plastic wheel well cover. In order to do this, you’ll need to loosen the bolts holding the wheel well cover in place. They are at the front of the wheel well, near the bumper. Use a 6mm socket and ratchet to loosen and remove the bolts. There are also several clips holding the wheel well cover in place.
Remove the small plastic clips which attach the wheel well cover to the other parts of the wheel housing. These clips appear to be small bolts, but actually need to be pulled or pried out. Use your flat-head screwdriver to carefully work between the head of the clip and the wheel well and then pry the clip out the hole. After you’ve removed all of the clips holding the wheel well cover in place, remove the wheel well cover. You’ll now see the battery.
Loosen the negative battery terminal first and remove it from the battery’s post. Then loosen the positive terminal and remove it from the post as well. Tuck the cables to the side so that they’re out of your way. You’ll also need to use a 13mm socket to remove the bolt from the bracket that holds the battery in place.
Pull the old battery out of its compartment and inspect the terminals. If they’re corroded, use a post and terminal cleaner to brush them until they’re clean. This will help ensure the new battery has a good connection. After the terminals are clean, lift the new battery into place.
Secure the battery by reattaching the bracket which holds it in place, again using the 13mm socket and ratchet to tighten the bolts. Once the battery is securely in place, smear some petroleum jelly on the battery’s posts and terminals. This will help guard against future corrosion.
Reattach the positive terminal to the positive battery post first. Then reattach the negative terminal to the negative post. Make sure you tighten the terminals, as this also ensures a good connection.
Reach into the car and start your Dodge Stratus before you replace anything else. You want to be sure the battery is working before putting the wheel well cover and tire back on the vehicle. If the car doesn’t start, check your connections to make sure they’re tight.
Turn the car off if you’ve started it and replace the wheel well cover, inserting the clips and tightening the 6mm bolts at the front. Also replace your tire and tighten the lugs. Lower the car back to the ground with your jack.
Items you will need
Battery post and terminal cleaning tool
Start the engine, turn the steering wheel to the full left position and turn the engine off. Remove the ignition key. Install a memory saver according to its manufacturer's instructions.
Look inside the passenger-side wheel well and locate the six white screws that secure the battery splash shield to the front of the wheel well. Remove the screws with a Phillips screwdriver, then remove the battery splash shield.
Open the hood. Loosen the clamp for the air intake tube at the engine, then pull the tube off the engine. Find the push-pin retainer that secures the air filter housing to the passenger fender. Pry out the center pin with a flat-head screwdriver. Give the air filter housing an upward tug to release it, then remove it from the engine bay.
Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery. Remove the two bolts that secure the battery hold-down over the top of the battery, then remove the hold-down. Slide the battery partially out of the opening in the wheel well, and then disconnect the positive battery cable. Slide the battery forward to its original position. From above, tilt the battery forward and lift it out of the engine bay.
Clean the battery cable terminals with a battery brush to remove any built-up corrosion.
Set the new battery down onto the battery tray and slide it partially into the opening in the wheel well. Connect the positive battery cable, and tighten it to 75 inch-pounds with an inch-pounds torque wrench. Slide the battery forward into position. Install the battery hold-down and bolts. Tighten the bolts to 12 foot-pounds. Connect the negative battery cable and tighten it to 75 inch-pounds.
Guide the air filter housing into position and push it downward to lock it in place. Press in on the push-pin retainer to secure it to the fender. Slide the air intake tube onto the engine and snug the clamp. Install the battery splash shield and snug the screws. Remove the memory saver.
Items you will need
Memory saver unit
Turn off all vehicle accessories such as the radio, lights and climate control. Put the ignition in the "off" position. Raise the hood and disconnect the negative battery terminal located near the driver's side strut tower. Raise the front of the car and support it on jack stands. Remove the left front wheel.
Locate the plastic battery shield, which is located in the wheel well toward the front of the vehicle adjacent to the fender. Turn the plastic retainer screws of the battery shield a quarter turn counterclockwise and gently remove them. Remove the battery shield, making sure not to damage the plastic retainers.
Disconnect the positive battery post on the battery, followed by the negative post. Remove the bolts holding the vertical mounting strap with a socket wrench, then pull the strap from the vehicle. Pull the battery out of the fender well, being careful to keep it upright to avoid spilling acid that may have leaked.
Clean the battery cables with steel wool to remove oxidation. Put dielectric grease on the posts of the new battery and carefully insert it into the fender well. Attach the negative battery cable followed by the positive cable. Reinstall the mounting strap, making sure that the battery does not have excess space to move around while driving.
Reinstall the battery shield with the plastic retaining screws. Put the wheel back on the car and properly torque the lugs, then lower the vehicle. Reconnect the negative battery terminal under the hood and start the ignition to check for proper installation.
Items you will need
Metric socket set