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Jeep Patriot 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead 12 volt car battery in the engine bay of a 1st generation 2007 to 2016 Jeep Patriot with photos.

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2016 Patriot Engine Bay
Air Intake Fasteners
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Jeep Patriot SUV in changing a dead 12 volt car battery in the engine bay.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, 500, Town & Country, 200, 300, Pacifica, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, RAM 1500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster Van may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM battery is a Chrysler Group LLC 56041380AE.

A few other compatible "Group Size 86" batteries with their part numbers are as follows: Optima 8025-160 25, EverStart MAXX-86, Mopar BB086525AA, Bosch 86-630B, ProStart 86-525PS, NAPA Legend BAT 7586 or BAT 8486, Bosch S4567B and AutoCraft 86-1 or 86-2.

The tools needed to access and replace the battery include a 10mm socket, a 13mm socket, an extension bar and a 1/4" or a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Release 2nd Fastener
Pull Off Air Intake Assembly
Old 12 Volt Battery
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right side of the engine bay.

The 12V car battery is located under the air intake housing and in front of the engine air filter housing.

Release the two fasteners that secure the air intake assembly in place by turning them 1/4 turn counterclockwise.

Gently lift the air intake out of the engine bay and set it aside in a safe place.

Once the air intake is out of the way, you'll see the OEM 12 volt battery.

Loosen Negative Terminal
Pull Off Negative Terminal
Cover & Tuck Away
Then loosen the negative terminal nut by turning it counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

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

Loosen Positive Terminal
Pull Off Positive Terminal
Battery Hold Down Clamp
Loosen the 10mm nut on the positive terminal by turning it counterclockwise.

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

Loosen 13mm Bolt
13mm Bolt Removed
Remove Old 12V Battery
Loosen the bolt at the front bottom edge of the battery with a 13mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Set the 13mm bolt aside in a safe place.

Remove the black plastic battery clamp block.

Lift the old battery out of the engine bay.

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

Be sure to take the old battery with you to Walmart or the auto parts store to avoid having to pay a "core" charge. The retailer will also have the old battery properly recycled.

I recommend buying the Optima RedTop 8025-160 25 battery 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.


Plastic Battery Tray
Battery Heat Shield
Chrysler Group OEM Battery
Remove the battery heat shield from the old battery and slide it down over the new battery.
Plastic Battery Clamp Block
Lower In New Battery
13mm Hold Down Bolt
Lower the new battery down in to the engine bay.

Replace the black plastic battery hold down block at the front of the battery tray.

Re-Insert 13mm Bolt
Tighten 13mm Clockwise
Push On Positive Terminal
Re-insert the 13mm bolt and tighten it in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

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

Push the positive terminal on to the "+" battery post.

Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Push On Negative Terminal
Tighten 10mm Terminal Nut
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 terminal.

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

Tighten the 10mm negative terminal nut in the clockwise direction.

New 12V Battery Installed
Re-Insert Air Intake
Air Intake Re-Attached
Re-attach the air intake assembly in to the air filter box.
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Secure 2nd Fastener
12 Volt Battery Replaced
Rotate the two black plastic knobs 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure the air intake assembly in place.

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

Be sure to adjust the time on the clock and program your favorite radio station presets before you start driving.

For more, check out my other 2007-2016 Jeep Patriot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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