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Dodge Grand Caravan 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead 12 volt car battery in the engine bay of a 5th generation 2008 to 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan.

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2013 Grand Caravan Battery
"-" Negative Battery Terminal
Loosen 10mm Terminal Nut
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 5th generation or "Generation V" (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Dodge Grand Caravan in changing a dead 12V car battery in the engine bay.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM vehicles such as the Avenger, 200, 300, Town & Country, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Patriot, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Compass, 1500, 2500, 3500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement "Group Size" H7 or 94R 12 volt automotive batteries for the refreshed 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 model years with their part numbers include the following: EverStart MAXX-H7 (Walmart), Bosch Platinum  94R800BAGM, AutoCraft H7-AGM, ACDelco 94RAGM and Duralast H7-AGM.

The 2008, 2009 and 2010 Grand Caravan model years typically use "Group Size 34" 12V batteries such as Bosch part number 34-770B.

The tools needed to change the car battery include a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive socket wrench, a 13mm socket with an extension bar and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Pull Off Negative Terminal
Wrap Terminal In Towel
Loosen "+" Terminal Nut
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay where the 12V automotive battery is located next to the "integrated power module" (fuse box).

First loosen the "-" negative battery terminal by turning it counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and 1/4" ratcheting wrench.

Pull the negative terminal straight off the battery post, cover it with a small towel and tuck it away on the side of the battery to prevent accidental contact.

Then loosen the "+" positive battery terminal by turning the 10mm counterclockwise.

Pull Off Positive Terminal
Cover & Tuck On Side
13mm Bolt On Left Side
Pull the positive terminal straight off the battery post, wrap it in a small rag and tuck it away on the side of the battery to prevent accidental contact.

The battery is held in place by a metal clamp located on the left bottom edge.

Wrench & Extension Bar
Loosen 13mm Bolt
Remove Battery Shield
Attach the 13mm socket to an extension bar and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Loosen the 13mm battery clamp bolt by turning it counterclockwise.

Lift out the felt battery cover (A.K.A. "box" or "heat shield") and set it aside in a safe place.


Lift Out Old Battery
OEM Part # 56029635AC
Clean Off Battery Tray
Pull the old battery straight off the tray and out of the engine bay.

Be sure to bring the old battery with you to the store when you buy a new one so that you can avoid paying a "core charge" or "disposal fee". The auto parts store or a big box retailer such as Walmart will have the old battery properly recycled.

Clean off any debris on the plastic battery tray to ensure that the new battery will rest evenly in the engine bay.

Lower In New 12V Battery
Replace Battery Cover
Tighten Battery Clamp Bolt
Lower a new Group Size H7, 94R or 34 battery in to the engine bay with the "-" negative terminal near the back and the "+" terminal closer to the front of the vehicle.

Replace the battery heat shield cover.

Tighten the 13mm battery clamp bolt in the clockwise direction.

If you've had a problem with corrosion (blue or white powder) building up on the battery terminals or posts, consider installing some felt anti-corrosion washers over the battery posts.

Push On Positive Terminal
Terminal On Battery Post
Tighten 10mm Nut
Push the positive terminal on to the "+" battery post first and tighten the 10mm nut in the clockwise direction.
Replace Negative Terminal
Tighten 10mm Clockwise
12V Battery Replaced
Then push the "-" negative battery terminal on to the negative battery post and tighten the 10mm nut in the clockwise direction.

Avoid over tightening the terminal nuts to prevent from damaging the battery posts.

Test the new 12V battery by starting the engine and turning on the headlights.

For more, check out my other Dodge Grand Caravan DIY Maintenance Guides.

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