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2013 Dodge Journey dead battery

Discussion in 'Dodge Journey' started by nanacanjo, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. dodgeismycar

    dodgeismycar Active Member

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    Dealer suggested that I consider replacing the battery on my 2013 Journey.
    Any recommendations on size or brand?
    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    I haven't had to replace the battery in our 2010 yet so I am not sure of the size.

    As to brands the OEM MoPar battery in my Ram lasted 7 years before I replaced it preemptively with another MoPar battery - had a coupon for $20 that basically covered the cost of installation.

    Just be forwarned, autoparts stores such as Advance Auto and AutoZone will not replace the battery due to it's location in the front fender well. As you probably know you have to remove the LF tire to access the panel and replace the battery.
     
  3. ImperialCrown

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    It is unusual to be considering battery replacement on a 2013. Are you having issues with it discharging overnight? Has the dealership tested the battery/charging system? Has the vehicle been tested for IOD (ign-off draw)?
    Any more information would be good.
     
  4. dodgeismycar

    dodgeismycar Active Member

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    Thank you for your response.
    The dealer tested my battery while doing my PM oil change.
    He showed me a receipt type print out that suggested I replace the battery.
    I have never had any problems starting, etc.

    Its just a mystery to me why the dealer would suggest replacement so quickly.
     
  5. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    Unless you are located in the SW where it gets extremely hot (100+ F) and batteries only last an average of 3 years (4 if you're lucky), you can probably go another three years until it starts to fail. Like I posted the OEM battery in my Ram was 7 years old when I preemptively replaced it. That year winter was coming and I didn't want to chance it failing when I would need it the most.

    Did the printout have any specifics or did it just recommend a battery replacement? I'd get a 2nd opinion. Auto parts stores such as AutoZone or Advance Auto will check your battery/charging system for free.
     
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  6. paullybob

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    Battery could have just been on the low side for that particular test. My recommendation is to put the battery on a slow 2amp charge over night just to be on the safe side and keep an eye and ear open for any unusual lights or warning chimes that seemingly have no source.
     
  7. ImperialCrown

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    Many auto parts stores offer free in-car battery testing. You may want a 2nd test for comparison.
    Was the receipt a CCA (cold cranking amps) test?
    Being in an inaccessible spot, the battery terminals probably haven't ever been serviced. Was the battery test done at the jump-start posts? Going through 'possibly' dirty terminals would make the test invalid. Take both terminals right off the battery and wire brush the contact areas. Then retest.
     
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  8. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    Yep. Our Journey was exhibiting some no start issues at times. I ended up cleaning the terminals with a wire brush ($5). It made all the difference. FWIW - the Journey battery is accessed by removing the LF wheel and removing the fender panel. Access is still tight but there is just enough room to remove the cables and clean the terminals. Mine had a light film build up to cause issues.
     
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  9. Powdered Toast Man

    Powdered Toast Man Move along, nothing to see here

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    Sorry to butt in here but if you've got a 2013 shouldn't that still be covered under the warranty? I had the original battery go on my former Neon once and the dealer replaced it under the car's warranty.

    But if you need to buy a replacement then you can't go wrong with Costco's Kirkland battery. 80% of all car batteries are made by Johnson Controls anyhow. They are all the same just with a different label slapped on them. FWIW I replaced the battery on my Magnum last fall. The Mopar OEM model was $179.99 at the dealer and the Costco battery with a higher CCA rating and two years longer warranty period was $99.99.
     
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  10. paullybob

    paullybob Well-Known Member

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    UPDATE!!!!!

    I have just returned from the Dealer with a possible cause for our dead battery woes. The tech I was dealing with found an IOD of 1.0-1.6 amps fluctuating. After a good trace, he narrowed it down to a "moisture " situation at the C203 connector affecting connections M27 and M11. He cleaned, repaired and reassembled the connectors and feels he has settled the issue. I'll keep you posted as the rest of the year and the cold weather approaches.....Finger crossed!!

    P.S. Submitted repair time of 2.3 hours fully covered by my extended warranty
     
  11. paullybob

    paullybob Well-Known Member

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    Been over a month and no return of the spontaneous dead battery issue. But wait...."Winter Is Coming"!!!!!
     
  12. dodgeismycar

    dodgeismycar Active Member

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    Suggestions for what size battery for my 2013? I need to replace before winter. Thanks!!
     
  13. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    Advance Auto lists Group Size 86 as an exact fit for a 2013 Journey.
     
  14. dodgeismycar

    dodgeismycar Active Member

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    The 86 it is! Thank you, Doug.
     
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    First real cold snap of the season, -25 overnight. No issues starting without battery blanket plugged in, cautiously optimistic about the rest of the year.
     
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  16. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    Fortunately, it doesn't get that cold here (Virginia). Coldest I've observed in the past 5 years is 13 F. Expecting the first frost of the fall tomorrow morning. Expected low is about 25 F. It has been blustery today as the front moved through.
     

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