If you have a Dodge Journey and can not find the battery, it is located in the driver-side front fender-well.
The battery in the Dodge Journey 2009 to 2020 is in the driver-side front fender-well.
While most vehicles have the battery located under the hood in the engine bay, the Dodge Journey has the battery located in the driver-side fender well.
Tools and Items Needed To Replace the Battery in a Dodge Journey
- New Battery
- 13mm socket
- 10mm socket or wrench
A new battery and basic tools will be needed, including a 13mm and 10mm socket.
The battery can be bought at any auto parts store, which will match the correct replacement type.
A screwdriver or similar tool will be needed to remove the push-pins that hold in the wheel-well splash shield.
How To Replace a Battery in a Dodge Journey
- Remove the driver-side front tire.
- Remove the push pins at the front wheel well splash shield.
- The battery will now be accessible.
- Remove the negative cable.
- Remove the center bar holding the battery in place.
- Remove the positive cable.
- Remove the battery.
- Insert the new battery and reconnect the battery terminals, bracket, splash shield, and tire.
Why is the Dodge Journey Battery Located in The Fender-Well?
Car batteries are usually located in the fender wheel to keep it away from the heat of the engine.
Heat can shorten the life of a battery, and with it located in the fender well helps to block off some heat the engine produces.
It does make the battery harder to replace compared to a standard battery mounted in the engine bay but may have the advantage of longer battery life.
The battery placement in a Dodge Journey is located in the fender-well, which may confuse those looking in the engine bay.
Some owners may wonder where the battery is located since it is not immediately clear where it is.
Replacing the battery in the Dodge Journey is straightforward but not as easy as the battery located in the engine bay.
The front tire will need to be removed, and the wheel-well splash guard will also be removed.
Once the splash guard is removed, the battery can be unbolted and replaced as any other unit would be replaced.
Have you had to replace a battery in a Dodge Journey? Let us know your thoughts below.
I did the whole job without removing the front tire. The battery was from WalMart, at $59 plus core & tax, delivered free even on a Sunday. I jacked the front end of the truck up just a little using the scissor jack found in the trunk. Of course, a special clip remover was needed, but the 10mm and 13mm wrenches did fine, plus an adjustable. Don’t listen to these YouTube guys that rip the whole front end of the car off just to do the battery!
It’s hard to remove the bolts or nuts off the terminals, and hard to understand which ones they are. Is it always necessary to disconnect the negative ground first, and if so from where? Are any special tools required besides the clip removers?