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Dodge Durango 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead 12 volt car battery in a 3rd generation 2011-2015 Dodge Durango SUV with part numbers.

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Slide Front Passenger Seat
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Under Front Passenger Seat
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Carpeted Battery Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & also 2016 in Canada) Dodge Durango SUV in changing a dead 12V automotive battery.

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

A few compatible replacement "Group Size" H7 or 94R 12 volt car batteries with their part numbers include the following: ACDelco 94RAGM, Exide Edge FP-AGML4/94R, EverStart Platinum AGM H7 (Walmart), Bosch 94R800BAGM, AutoCraft H7-AGM and NAPA Legend BAT 7525 or BAT 9878.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench, a deep well 13mm socket, an extension bar and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

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Gently Pull Off Cover
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Pop Off Friction Fasteners
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Plastic Cover Removed
The 12V car battery in a third generation Dodge Durango is located under the front passenger seat.

Slide the front passenger seat all the way up and tilt it forward towards the dashboard.

Gently pull off the rectangular shaped carpeted cover to disengage the four friction fasteners.

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12V Battery Compartment
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Battery Vent Tube
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Pull Hose Off Old Battery
Once the cover has been removed, you'll be able to access the old 12 volt battery in its sunken compartment.

Gently pull off the exhaust vent tube from the rear left corner of the old battery.

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Battery Hold Down Bar
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Deep Well 13mm & Extension
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Loosen Left 13mm Nut
Locate the battery hold down bar or "clamp" at the bottom rear edge of the old battery.

It is held in place by two 13mm nuts.

Attach the deep well 13mm socket to the 6 inch extension bar and the 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Loosen the two 13mm nuts by turning them counterclockwise.

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Loosen 2nd 13mm Nut
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Two 13mm Nuts Removed
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Pull Off Battery Clamp
Set the two 13mm nuts aside in a safe place.

Lift out the black metal battery hold down bar and set it aside in a safe place.

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Loosen 10mm "-" Nut
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Pull Off Negative Terminal
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"+" Battery Terminal
Loosen the 10mm nut on the "-" negative terminal by turning it counterclockwise.

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

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Loosen 10mm "+" Nut
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Pull Off Positive Terminal
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"+" Terminal Disconnected
If you need better access to the positive terminal, carefully slide the old battery back towards yourself.

Loosen the nut on the positive terminal by turning it counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Pull the positive terminal off the "+" battery post and tuck it away on the side of the battery.



 

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Lift Out Old Battery
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OEM Part # 05033394AA
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12V Battery Compartment
Carefully lift the old battery out of the compartment and set it on the ground.

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

Be sure to bring the old 12V battery with you when you go to Walmart or the auto parts store to buy the new one to avoid having to pay a "core" charge. The retailer will properly recycle or dispose of the old battery.

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Lower In New H7 Battery
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Push On Positive Terminal
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Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Carefully lower the new group size "H7" battery in to the compartment with the "+" positive battery post located closer to the front of the SUV and the "-" negative battery post closer to the rear of the vehicle.

Push the positive terminal straight on to the "+" battery post located closer to the front of the car.

Tighten the positive terminal nut by turning it clockwise with the 10mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Try to avoid over tightening the terminal to prevent from damaging the battery post which may lead to an acid leak.

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Line Up Battery Clamp Bar
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Slide New Battery Forward
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Lower In Hold Down Bar
Gently slide the new battery forward in the compartment to make room for the battery hold down bar.

Lower the battery hold down clamp over the two bolt ends.

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Two 13mm Nuts
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Tighten Nuts Clockwise
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Tighten 2nd 13mm Nut
Spin on the two 13mm nuts by hand a few turns in the clockwise direction to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the two nuts with the 13mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench until they are snug.

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Push In Exhaust Vent Tube
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Push On "-" Terminal
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Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Push in the exhaust gas vent hose in to the hole on the left rear corner of the new battery.

Push the negative terminal on to the "-" battery post.

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

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

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Line Up Battery Cover
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Push Down In To Place
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Compartment Cover Replaced
Line up the four friction fasteners on the underside of the carpeted plastic battery compartment access panel.

Firmly push down the cover to secure the fasteners.

Tilt back the front passenger seat and slide it backwards to complete the job.

For more, check out my other Dodge Durango DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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