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Dodge Charger 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead 12 volt car battery in the trunk of a 7th generation 2011 to 2014 Dodge Charger sedan with pictures.

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2014 Charger Trunk
Pull Up Spare Tire Cover
Pull Velcro Off Floor Mat
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the seventh generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & possibly also the revised 2015) Dodge Charger sedan in changing a dead 12V automotive battery located in the trunk next to the spare tire.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge and RAM vehicles such as the Town & Country, 300, 200, Avenger, Challenger, Journey, Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan, and Ram C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM 12 volt battery in this 2014 Charger was part number 56029635AD.

A few compatible replacement "Group Size" H7, H8, L4, 49, 93 or 94R batteries with their part numbers are as follows: ACDelco 94RAGM, Bosch S6587B S6, EverStart MAXX-H7 or MAXX-H8, Bosch 94R800BAGM, Duralast H8-AGM or H7-AGM, Duralast Gold 94R-DLG or Duralast H8-DLG, AutoCraft Gold 94RH7, Autocraft Platinum H7-AGM, Autocraft Gold 49H8 and Autocraft 93-1.

The tools needed to change the replace the battery include a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet or a 10mm wrench, a long 6" or 9" extension bar and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Trunk Mat Removed
Spare Tire & 12V Battery
Loosen 10mm Nut
The first two steps are to open the trunk lid and pull out the carpeted mat. You may need to separate a strip of Velcro holding the trunk liner in place.

Once the trunk mat is out of the way, you'll see the 12 volt car battery situated on the right (passenger side) of the spare tire.

First loosen the nut on the negative "-" (black cable) terminal located near the rear of the vehicle by turning it counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

You may only need to loosen the nut a few turns before the terminal can be removed.

Pull Off Negative Terminal
Cover & Tuck Away
Pull Off Positive Cover
Carefully pull the negative terminal off the battery post, wrap it in a rag or small towel and tuck it away on the side of the battery to help prevent accidental contact.

Then pull the red plastic cover off the positive "+" terminal located closer to the front of the vehicle.

Loosen Positive Terminal Nut
Pull Off Positive Terminal
Wrap Positive Terminal
Loosen the nut on the positive terminal by turning it counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Gently pull the positive terminal off the battery post, wrap it in a towel to prevent accidental contact and tuck it away on the side of the battery.

Battery Retaining Strap
Press To Release Strap
Loosen Retaining Strap
To loosen the black battery retaining strap, press on the metal tab to raise the metal teeth.

Continue loosening the strap until you have at least an inch or two of slack around the old battery.

Metal Hold Down Bar
Loosen 10mm Bolt
Remove 10mm Bolt
Then loosen the single 10mm bolt on the battery hold down clamp located at the rear edge of the old battery by turning it counterclockwise.

Remove the battery clamp and set it aside in a safe place with the 10mm bolt.


Pull Out Vent Hose
Battery Vent Hose Removed
Battery Clamp Removed
Gently pull out the battery exhaust vent tube located on the edge closest to the front of the vehicle.
Lift Out Old Battery
Old 12V Battery Removed
OEM Part # 56029635AD
Carefully pull the old battery straight out of the trunk and gently set it on the ground.

Try to avoid dropping or tipping over the old battery to prevent from having any battery acid leak out.

Clean Off Battery Tray
Lower In New 12V Battery
Push In Battery Exhaust Tube
If there is any debris on the plastic battery tray, clean it off so that the new battery will rest evenly.

Carefully lower in the new 12V battery with the positive "+" post closer to the front of the vehicle and the negative "-" post located near the rear bumper,

Push the black exhaust vent tube in the hole on the side of the new battery near the "+" positive post.

Replace Hold Down Clamp
Re-Insert 10mm Bolt
Tighten Clockwise - 10mm
Lower the silver metal hold down clamp by the rear edge of the new battery.

Re-insert the 10mm bolt and tighten it in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Tighten Retaining Strap
Push On Positive Terminal
Tighten "+" Terminal Nut
Pull the end of the retaining strap to tighten it until the new battery is securely in place and can not be moved in any direction.

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

First push the positive (red cable) terminal on to the "+" battery post located closer to the front of the car (or the back of the trunk).

Tighten the 10mm nut in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the terminal nut to prevent from damaging the battery post.

Push On Red Plastic Cover
Push On "-" Negative Terminal
Negative Terminal Replaced
Replace the red plastic cover over the positive terminal.

Push the negative (black cable) terminal on to the "-" battery post located closer to the rear bumper of the vehicle.

Tighten 10mm Nut Clockwise
New 12V Battery Installed
Replace Trunk Mat
Tighten the 10mm nut on the negative battery terminal in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Replace the trunk mat to cover the spare tire and new 12V battery.

Test the new battery by starting the engine. Be sure to adjust the clock and set your radio station presets before driving.

Also don't forget to record the 12V battery change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out my other 2011-2014 Dodge Charger DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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