2013 Chrysler 200 Battery Size

The battery in a 2013 Chrysler 200 will be the same regardless of trim, but you might find different CCA numbers. Learn more here!
Written by Meaghan Branham
Reviewed by Amy Bobinger
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Your Chrysler 200 battery size will be the same regardless of your trim, although you may find some variation in the cold cranking amps (CCA).
From 2011 to 2017, the Chrysler 200 has been a stylish and sturdy stalwart of the
Chrysler
line. Throughout its run, the model has had a few different engines, paired with a few different batteries to create a reliable ride. For the 2013 model year, there were only two engine options, but both could be paired with the same size battery. 
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How big is a Chrysler 200 battery? 

Depending on the trim level of your 2013 Chrysler 200, you’ll have one of two available engines. No matter the type, though, your battery will be size 86S. There may be variations in your cold cranking amps (CCA), though.
Take a look at the different batteries that could be found in a 2013 Chrysler 200:
  • S
    : 2.4-liter four cylinder
  • LX
    : 2.4-liter four cylinder
  • Touring
    : 2.4-liter four cylinder
  • Limited
    : 3.6-liter V6 engine
Each of these engine options can be paired with a battery from the 86S size group. These batteries are around 9 x 7 x 8 inches in size.
When picking out your battery, you will see a “CCA” number as well as the size listed. CCA stands for “cold cranking amps,” and the number of cranking amps and their power varied based on factors like engine size. Depending on your engine size, you may be able to get a battery with between 500 and 750 CCA
To find out exactly what kind of battery works in your 2013 Chrysler 200, consult the battery section of your owners manual or check the info listed on your current battery. You’ll need to access the battery from the drivers-side fender well. To do this, you’ll have to remove the tire and wheel well splash guard.  

Chrysler 200 battery life 

So, how often do you need to put a new battery into your 2013 Chrysler 200? Typically, a battery needs to be changed every four to five years.
Batteries in gas-powered vehicles are charged by the engine when you drive. They won’t last forever, though. Older batteries may not be able to hold a charge, and cracks and corrosion in a battery might also occur and affect their ability to function. 
Exactly how long it lasts will depend on factors like how often you drive and the temperature of the space where you store your vehicle. Colder spaces and harsh winters can put extra stress on your battery. 
To know just how well your battery is working and if you might need to change it, you can regularly test it with a multimeter to make sure its still got a voltage of 12V
If you don’t have a multimeter though, there are a few telltale signs that the battery needs replacing:
  • Engine cranks slowly when starting
  • You hear clicking when you turn the engine 
  • Lights appear especially dim
  • Your car won’t start

How to keep your Chrysler 200 battery healthy

To keep your battery lasting as long as possible, here are a few tips for extending its life:
  • Regularly start the engine and drive your car: Since your battery is charged by your engine when the car is running, it’s a good idea to drive the car around for at least 15 minutes at a time once a week to give your battery a boost. 
  • Recharge the battery before starting your car after a long period of time: If you have had to store your car for longer than a few weeks without starting it, it may be a good idea to remove and manually recharge your battery before you start it.
  • Don’t leave your lights on: Leaving your lights on while your engine is off drains your battery life. 
  • Unplug your electronics: Keeping your cords plugged in when your engine is off can suck the life out of your battery. 
  • Keep up with vehicle maintenance: Other issues with the electrical system can also drain your battery, so make sure they are all in proper working order. 
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