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Chrysler Voyager Battery Problems - 28/01/2012

 Batteries for Chrysler Voyagers - DIESELS

 

Unfortunately there are some vehicles which tend to have more problems with regards to batteries than others. We have found that Chryslers and Jeeps seems to have such a huge range of fitments for the same model and engine size. This is probably due to a variety of things including, option levels on the vehicle, what is available at the production run and changing supplier contracts during a production run.

So we have put together a brief guide to sizing your battery and some tips on the replacement.

 

Getting the right battery :

The normal procedure applies to checking the battery. Getting the dimensions of both the battery and the battery tray (this is important as the wrong battery may be fitted) as well as checking the terminal layout and any power ratings on the battery such as Ah/CCA etc. And finally check how the battery is held down in the vehicle (clamp over the top, base clamp). Also look at the battery itself, if the sides of the battery look like they are made up of cylinders, this points to a Spiral Wound Battery such as the Optima Range. Once armed with this information finding a replacement becomes a lot easier.

 

Fitting :

There has been occasions where the terminal connectors have had to be bent in order for them to reach the terminals, don’t be afraid of a little brute force, just be careful not to snap them.

Now what you have all been waiting for…… what batteries actually fit…. These are the types we have come across that do fit (some with a little persuasion)

  • ·         Optima Red Top RTC 4.2 – Spiral Cell AGM Battery - Terminals toward centre – Direct OE Replacement for many
  • ·         Optima Red Top RTS 4.2 – Spiral Cell AGM Battery – Left Hand Positive Terminal – May need a little persuasion in some cars
  • ·         Varta E44 – Flooded 77Ah battery – Not OE, but a common modification for a cheaper option than the spiral cell. Normally the tray has to be cut to allow for this longer battery and the cables have to be stretched slightly.

There may me be more types which do fit or have been fitted, always check terminal layouts and battery size etc.

 

I always have the correct Original Equipment Battery, but why do I seem to be replacing my Voyager battery so often ?

This is a tough one, how long a battery lasts is dependent on a huge amount of factors. It would seem the replacement cycle on a Voyager is shorter than on a lot of cars. We believe that this is contributed to by the fact that many Voyagers are loaded with electric accessories varying from electric doors to heated everything ! It would also seem many of the batteries would look undersized when compared to other manufacturer’s counterpart of similar engine, size and specification, this lends to itself to a recipe for disaster.

 

The electrical basics is the same for any vehicle, you must ensure that enough charge in the battery is replaced every time the vehicle is used.

 

What does this mean ?

If the Vehicle is taken on a very short trip in the middle of winter with a number of passengers it is likely that the following items will be used :

 

  • ·         Both Electric Doors & possibly an electric tailgate (twice in one journey)
  • ·         Heated Seats
  • ·         Rear & Front Demisters
  • ·         Wipers
  • ·         Headlights
  • ·         Radio

 

The chances are that the electric draw on the battery of the above would not be replaced over a short journey, and repeated on the journey back. Leading to the battery operating on a partial state of charge and possible early failure

 

What can I do to make the battery last longer ?

There are a number of things that could be done, although some are less practical than others depending on individual situations.

  • ·         Ensure the Highest Capacity / Best Battery is fitted
  • ·         Using a good battery maintainer/charger when the vehicle is not used to ensure the battery is kept fully charged.
  • ·         Ensure the vehicle is used on a decent length journey every week.
  • ·         Use less electrical accessories on shorter trips

 

Note : It is important to remember that the higher capacity battery you fit, the better it will be. However, irregular use of a vehicle or very short trips can take a lot out of a battery and lead to premature failure. This is especially true of the all signing all dancing Voyagers with Electric Everything.

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