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Jeep Renegade 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead 12 volt car battery in a 1st generation 2015-2018 Jeep Renegade with the part numbers.

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2016 Renegade 12V Battery
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"-" Negative Terminal
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Open Release Lever

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and possibly also the 2019 and 2020 model years) Jeep Renegade SUV with the Tigershark MultiAir 2 2.4 liter inline four cylinder motor in changing a dead 12 volt car battery in the engine bay.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM or Fiat vehicles such as the 200, 300, Pacifica, Town & Country, Avenger, Charger, Challenger, Journey, Dart, Durango, Magnum, Grand Caravan, Fiat 500 500X or 500L, Fiat 124 Spider, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass, Liberty, Patriot, ProMaster, 1500 and C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM battery "Group Size" is H6. (You can also install group size 48 or 91 batteries.)

A few compatible replacement 12V automotive batteries with their part numbers are as follows: ACDelco 48AGM, EverStart MAXX-H6 (Walmart), Bosch H6-760B, AutoCraft 48H6 and Champion H6-615CH.

The tools required to complete this procedure include a 10mm socket, a 13mm socket, a 9" extension bar, a 3/8" drive ratchet and a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Release Lever Opened
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Pull Off Negative Terminal
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Cover & Tuck Away
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The 12V automotive battery is located to the left of the electrical fuse box and behind the driver side headlight housing.

First, release the negative terminal by swinging open the grey metal lever away from the battery.

Pull the negative terminal off the "-" battery post.

Wrap the negative terminal in a small towel and tuck it away on the side of the battery to prevent accidental electrical contact.

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Push In Two Release Tabs
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Open Plastic Cover
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Loosen Terminal Nut
Then push in the two release tabs on the black plastic cover over the positive terminal.

Pull the plastic cover off the positive terminal and set it aside in a safe place.

Loosen the positive "+" terminal by turning the nut in the counterclockwise direction with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" or 3/8" drive ratchet.

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Loosen Connector Nut
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2nd Connector Nut
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Two Nuts Removed
Next, remove the two 13mm nuts on the top of the electrical bracket over the top of the battery by turning them counterclockwise.

There is one 13mm nut on the left side that secures two large wires with red rubber shrink wrap on the ends.

The other 13mm nut is closer to the right side of the battery. It secures one smaller wire with black insulation and another large red wire to the bracket.

Set the two 13mm nuts aside in a safe place.

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Pull Wires Off Bracket
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Remove Other 2 Wires
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Red Plastic Piece
Pull the two metal connector loops for the large red wires off the left side of the electrical bracket.

Pull the metal rings for the smaller black wire and the larger red wire off the right side of the bracket.

Before you can fully remove the electrical connector bracket, you'll have to first remove the two small screws on the red plastic piece.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Two Screws Removed
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Pull Off Electrical Bracket
Remove the two small screws by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two small Phillips head screws aside in a safe place.

Carefully pull the electrical bracket off the top of the positive battery post.

Move the bracket off to the side of the old battery.

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Long Extension Bar
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Bolt - Left Side of Battery
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Attach the 9" extension bar and the 13mm socket to a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Locate the black metal battery hold down bar and the silver nut on the left side of the old battery.

Loosen the 13mm nut by turning it counterclockwise.

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Battery Clamp Nut Removed
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Battery Hold Down Bar
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Battery Strap Removed
Set the 13mm nut aside in a safe place.

Lift the battery hold down clamp bar off the lift side of the battery tray.

Swing the black fabric strap up and off the top of the old battery.

Avoid making contact with the two battery posts.



 

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Raise Handles - Lift Battery
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Old Battery Removed
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Clean Off Battery Tray
Raise the two handles on the old battery.

Carefully lift the old battery out of the engine bay.

Gently set the old battery on the ground.

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

Don't forget to take the old battery with you to Walmart or the auto parts store to avoid having to pay a "core", "disposal" or "recycling" fee or charge. The retailer will also have the old battery properly recycled.

If you can wait a few days for delivery, I recommend buying the ACDelco 48AGM since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Clean off any debris from the plastic battery tray so that the new battery will rest evenly on it.

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Lower In New Battery
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Replace Hold Down Strap
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Lower Bar Over Bolt End
Carefully lower the new battery in to the engine bay with the positive "+" post at the rear (closest to the windshield) and the negative "-" post at the front (closer to the headlight housing).

Swing the black fabric battery hold down strap and the metal clamp bar over the top of the new battery.

Avoid making contact with the battery posts.

Lower the black metal hold down bar over the threaded bolt end on the left side of the battery tray.

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Spin On 13mm Nut
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Tighten Nut Clockwise
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Lower Electrical Bracket
Spin on the 13mm nut in the clockwise direction a few turns to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the hold down bar nut in the clockwise direction with the 13mm socket, 9" extension bar and the 3/8" drive ratchet until it is snug.

Lower the electrical bracket over the top of the positive battery post.

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Replace Red Plastic Piece
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Tighten Screws Clockwise
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Tighten Positive Terminal Nut
Replace the two small screws into the red plastic piece by turning them clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Tighten the nut on the positive terminal by turning it clockwise with the 10mm socket and a ratchet until is snug.

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

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Replace Large Wires - Left
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Replace Two Wires - Right
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Spin On Nut
Lower the metal connectors for the two large wires with red shrink wrapping on their ends over the bolt end on the left side of the electrical bracket.

Lower the metal rings for the other large wire with a red shrink wrapped end and the smaller black wire over the bolt end on the right side of the electrical bracket.

Spin on the two 13mm nuts a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Tighten Clockwise
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Tighten Other Nut
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Replace Plastic Cover
Tighten the two 13mm nuts in the clockwise direction with the socket and the ratchet until they are snug.

Lower the black plastic cover over the top of the positive terminal and electrical connector bracket.

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Push On Negative Terminal
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Close Locking Lever
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12V Battery Replaced
Push the negative terminal over the "-" battery post.

Swing the grey metal latch closed to secure the negative terminal to the "-" battery post.

Test the new 12V battery by starting the engine, turning on the headlights and flashing the high beams.

Be sure to record the battery change in your SUV's service records.

Please also remember to adjust the time on the clock and program your favorite radio station presets before you start driving.

For more, please check out all of my Jeep Renegade DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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