I'm needing a new car battery after the winter air killed my old one.

I'm needing a new car battery after the winter air killed my old one. I can replace it myself but people online have been offering some conflicting information about doing it. Some places seem to imply that swapping the batteries with having the van hooked to an alternative power supply will kill my radio and trip anti-theft systems. Other places don't mention that at all (a video I watched didn't do anything special, just swapped batteries with no mention of power supply). Any confirmation one way or another? 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, if that matters.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Some places seem to imply that swapping the batteries with having the van hooked to an alternative power supply
    I meant WITHOUT having it connected to an alternative power supply

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I had an old Benz that required a code for the radio if it lost power. Dealer always had those available.
      Is that what you mean?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, that's what I've heard. It's a used vehicle that didn't have any paperwork beyond the title. No owner's manual or anything with those codes listed and I've seen that I'd need to VIN number (which I have, obviously) and the radio serial number, which is probably on a sticker somewhere on the radio itself, and I don't feel like pulling the radio out for that.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    That uses a Group 75 battery. 750cca's.

    'Group' is the dimensions HWD. It's a physical size and terminal arrangement. Looks like that battery runs $190 new. Bring your old to avoid a $10 core charge. Bonus if you can bring additional 12v starter batteries, because they will give you credit for each additional.

    To avoid memory loss, you'll just need a small 12v source, like a small 12v7ah battery, to bridge to the existing Neg and Pos while you disconnect the main battery and swap in a new one. A battery powered jump box might work fine.

    Get a $40 clamp DC ammeter from amazon. It's a multimeter with all the readouts you'll need. There's a KAIWEETS for $40. A clamping DC meter costs more than one that does only AC current, but it's worth it. Sounds like you don't have one.

    There is some debate about them, but I believe the SkyMax Restate Battery tbhlfator from Missouri Wind And Solar helps lengthen the useful life of the battery. Just get the 12v model and wire it across the terminals.

    Lead acid batteries are such lowball shit tech. If mfgs wanted to make the battery last 10 yrs they could. They haven't. Batteries like the DL+ from Dakota Lithium are quickly catching up to fill that void, as this isn't the 1960's where you replaced points and plugs regularly, and synthetic oil wasn't widely available and cheap. Maintenance cycles are much lower, and battery tech should have kept up. But they love that gravy train of lead-acid drop-ins.

    Li Time made some progress. I wouldn't drop in one of their Trolling Motor batteries yet, as a direct swap with a lead-acid. Improvements need to be made in LFPo electrolyte so they can work well-below freezing. Yes they can discharge, but changes need to be made to the alternator control so it's not trying to charge the battery when the temp is below freezing. Not sure how the DL+ gets around the temp restrictions.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      > Get a $40 clamp DC ammeter
      For what reason?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >bring additional 12v starter batteries, because they will give you credit for each additional
      How do you acquire these additional batteries?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        im a battery hunter

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          What are some good places to find car batteries?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            check when the tide is low

          • 1 month ago
            Bepis

            From time to time Walmarts and other big box stores will leave the battery cage in back of the store unlocked.

            Old junkie I know told me about it, says that it’s not much of a theft charge if you get caught because dead batteries don’t have a real value, and you can sell them to the recycler for $10-$30 each depending how big they are.

            He also got caught one night and led the cops on a 100mi police chase and got a few years in prison so…

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      this pile of expert advice is only lacking a Bepis trip

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Bepis probably got tired of you homosexuals harrassing him.

      • 1 month ago
        Kevin Van Dam

        See

        >2010 Caravan
        I wouldn’t worry about plugging it in. That radio code is an older German luxury car thing with DIN radios. It’s not a 1995 BMW.

        And on newer cars, unplugging the battery will make parking sensors and all that wig out for a few miles until they recalibrate themselves.

        Neither of those will be an issue on a 2010 Dodge Caravan

        I came late with the proper advice, but Opie figured it out.

        I think thay Group 75 was some Chat GPT response.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Idk man just replace it and figure it out. I really don't think there's any pre battery swap setting you can initiate and I don't think there is any way to swap a battery without killing power. I think if the radio gets locked out or something then you'll just have to deal with car manufacturers being moronic thinking a battery should never be replaced.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Find a Dodge forum or reddit. It's wise to own a jump pack which is also an alternative power supply but you can use jumper cables too. Connect + cable first after loosening clamps but not disconnecting them. Connect ground cable to your engine (any casting it can clamp to will do) leaving your battery cable free. Swap batteries, tighten battery post clamps and be happy.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Make sure you properly dispose of the old one.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Change the battery already…..GAY

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    same problem
    i think about slamming a charger in the cigarrete lighter
    but the cigarette ligther only works when electric is turned on with key
    so i not sure

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/bGyeeQ2.jpg

      I'm needing a new car battery after the winter air killed my old one. I can replace it myself but people online have been offering some conflicting information about doing it. Some places seem to imply that swapping the batteries with having the van hooked to an alternative power supply will kill my radio and trip anti-theft systems. Other places don't mention that at all (a video I watched didn't do anything special, just swapped batteries with no mention of power supply). Any confirmation one way or another? 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, if that matters.

      now that i think about
      theoretical it should be enough to let the motor run
      the electric should come from generator then
      and you can theoretical replace the batterie without loosing power

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        dont do shit like this, the ecu might go nuts

        get a 12v power supply and feed power to the battery cables when changing the battery, make sure you dont short shit out

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    OP here, I replaced the battery with no special tools or precautions. It went fine. Car starts now. No radio or anti-theft issues.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    -Ancient Dodge minivans don’t have anti-theft bullshit.
    -Memory savers are definitely a thing, just not necessary for this vehicle.
    -OP is a wet noodle of a human being for coming to PrepHole for help with a battery swap.
    -The AI reply was the only one that was remotely fact-based or intelligent.
    -Everyone who posted their shitty speculation without any firsthand experience of swapping a battery on a Dodge fails the Turing Test.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >The AI reply was the only one that was remotely fact-based or intelligent.
      >Looks like that battery runs $190 new.
      Try $120-.
      >Bring your old to avoid a $10 core charge.
      >$15
      >bring additional 12v starter batteries fo mo moneys
      Take them back Tyrone.
      >Get a $40 clamp DC ammeter
      Not necessary.
      >Battery tbhlfator
      Not necessary.
      >If mfgs wanted to make the battery last 10 yrs they could.
      False.
      >Li Time made some progress.
      Irrelevant.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        homosexual

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How did it take this long for someone to mention a memory saver? Wrenchlets ITT.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Ancient Dodge minivans
      2010 is ancient?

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If the battery is dead, then you've already lost all your settings.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why is this even a post? Just disconnect the old one, put the new one in and reconnect it. Then set the radio and clock if you need to. Why so fricking hard?? Why would anyone go out and buy shit for 2 mins of temporary power to change a battery?? Fricking man up. The whole country has turned into a bunch of inept pussies that need to hire a mechanic to change a light bulb

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      New cars aren't just cars,they are computers. Specifically computers that expect to be always connected to the Internet and always have 12v power.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Also many newer cars are required to mate with the battery's CPU using a dealer-only tool.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Also many newer cars are required to mate with the battery's CPU using a dealer-only tool.

          Citation needed. Google just wants to talk about the car's CPU vs. disconnecting the battery, so I'd love to see examples of "many" new cars that have a cpu in the battery that requires a trip to the dealer to swap the battery.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            if your car has start-stop functionality then it is expected to pair the battery to the battery management system

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFIW61jRP4k

              Thanks. I dread the day when I actually have to own a modern car.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Clunker Master Race

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous
  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    bosch s5
    or if american
    walmart battery

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You know there's multiple stores, national chains even, that will literally just install the battery for free when you buy it?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Great way to frick up your car.

  14. 1 month ago
    Kevin Van Dam

    >2010 Caravan
    I wouldn’t worry about plugging it in. That radio code is an older German luxury car thing with DIN radios. It’s not a 1995 BMW.

    And on newer cars, unplugging the battery will make parking sensors and all that wig out for a few miles until they recalibrate themselves.

    Neither of those will be an issue on a 2010 Dodge Caravan

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This exists.
    >2010 Caravan radio
    lmao do you even read the manual

    And as for the rest of you ChatGPT freaks, go back to /g where technology is a fap fantasy. /diy is meant for sissy men with no wallets.

    • 1 month ago
      Kevin Van Dam

      I got one of these that plugs into the OBD2 port, and I have been hesitant to use it. Lots of new cars will turn on the lights and such when you unlock them or connect a battery or maybe the alarm goes off, and I wonder what’s the max current that could go through the OBD2 plug before something gets fricked up. Maybe it’s just a straight power wire but I didn’t want to chance a fried PCM or some gay shit.

      I have almost the exact one in you pic, but I’ve seen styles that use 9V batteries so no risk of too much current. I was thinking a 12V male plug from the battery clamps may be better because that’s normally a dedicated 10A-15A fuse and far away from any sensitive electronics.

      Picrel shows the OBD plug and then my hackjob alternative for new cars I don’t want to fry. 12V/3A power supply from a cable box with clamps I put straight on the battery cables. She works pretty good.

      • 1 month ago
        Kevin Van Dam

        https://i.imgur.com/fWZW5r4.jpg

        This exists.
        >2010 Caravan radio
        lmao do you even read the manual

        And as for the rest of you chatgpt freaks, go back to /g where technology is a fap fantasy. /diy is meant for sissy men with no wallets.

        I figured there was a fuse in there but wasn’t sure what size. This one is 2A, which is actually reassuring. I figured Chinesium 12V plug would have a 10A-20A fuse in there like most 12V plug in devices would probablt have.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Take your meds and look at the obd port you old fart. Fuse aint gonna save jack shit anyways.

        Just dont turn on heaters, start the car or enable the goddam ignition. Meds Kevin, Meds.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've always just thrown a new batty in there and had zero issue

    • 1 month ago
      Kevin Van Dam

      It fricks with different cars. Newer cars with adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist will give you the xmas tree dash if you change the battery without supplying power the whole time. Not sure if there are brands that need dealer support after that, but I know new Hondas take a bunch of miles for everything to relearn and the lights to go away.

      Take your meds and look at the obd port you old fart. Fuse aint gonna save jack shit anyways.

      Just dont turn on heaters, start the car or enable the goddam ignition. Meds Kevin, Meds.

      It’s not that you would purposely turn something on. Some cars have random shit where the headlights come on if you open a door or maybe you accidentally hit the panic button or unlock button on the keys, at 12V any of these things can pull more amps than expected, and if that somehow goes through an important computer under the dash, it could be bad.

      Imagine rigging up some voltage step-up on the USB port of your computer, and then make an adapter for a 120V plug and plugging in a microwave. That USB port can supply some power, but then if you turn on the microwave, assuming there’s no protection in between, all of that power has to travel from the PC’s wall plug, through those circuit boards and the USB, and will burn up some important stuff.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Forgot your meds again. The reason that youre delusionally dumb af is for a few reasons.
        a) The fuse is to protect the wire not the ecm. Fuses never protect loads.
        b) See pic. It doesnt feed the ecm it goes directly to the battery, no ignition required. You dont even sit in the car at all while doing this job.
        c) Usb is designed to have current limitations and is fed by a smps, which also limits available current on each if its rails, and its impossible to step up watts. Its also a meaningless and irrelevant arguement based in fear and delusion. If you did suddenly drop a big load on that wimpy 18awg wire ull pop the 10 amp fuse or burn up the wire or the pins. Thats your true current limit from this auxiliary source.

        What you seem be irrationally afraid of is a potential fault that magically turns the ecms outputs into a source feeding set fault, causing it to burn up because theres enough amps behind it to make that happen. In reality youre adding a 2nd battery in parallel for a few minutes so if a fault existed it was there before you fricked with it. The real potential for a decent current draw (assuming you don't turn anything on) will be the float voltages between the two batteries, where the lower one will draw from the higher one in relation to the delta v.

        Meds Kevin. Meds. You need to take them regularly.

        • 1 month ago
          Bepis

          I figured it would be safe. But they did do a 2A fuse, so they obviously don’t want much juice going through it. If you locked and unlocked the car on the OBD2 battery, you would probably blow the fuse and lose power.

          However if it wasn’t protected by the 2A fuse, I’m sure you could melt the pin or something in there if you fricked up. It’s not a totally irrational fear considering some cars will throw tons of lights and stuff on as you open doors and maybe accidentally set off an alarm opening the hood or some gay shit.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            The fear is the procedure fails cause u blow the fuse. Not
            >hurrr durr my computer will blow up cause the power goes through it

            Its irrational af. If the fuse is such a problem, just use jumpers directly to the post connectors, lay them on a rag and stop being such a sissy. Use your head.

    • 1 month ago
      Kevin Van Dam

      Oh and it messes with some old cars. Back in the days of stealing car radios, BMW and Mercedes and probably some other brands would need a secuirty code to unlock the radio when it lost power. That way if somebody ripped it out of the car and didn’t find the radio code in the glove box or something, the radio would be a brick.

      And if you own a 1993 BMW, it has been through multiple owners and there’s no way the little card with the radio code still exists. So if you have an OEM radio and unplug the battery, it will be locked when you get the battery hooked up again.

      I’m guessing the dealer can somehow get codes with the VIN and such, but I would also assume they’re going to charge and you’re better off buying a new head unit than paying the dealer.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it's not that difficult dude

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