Originally Posted by Grusvag
Great, that's what I'm hoping in terms of replacement - take my time, label everything (I might even photograph / videotape the removal process) and hope there aren't too many inaccessible spots. We're told it's the computer harness and the PCM might be damaged too!
They also said it might have been the previous battery that leaked so much, and that the battery is supposed to be cleaned when it's inspected and it looks like that was never done. He said batteries leak whenever they are being charged, a small amount. Bad design on Chrysler's part.
So at least we now know to keep a close eye on that area and make sure it's clean at all times.
If that is a bad design on Chrysler's part, they share it with about a bazillion other manufacturers. I don't know of any cars in recent memory that come from the factory with a "sealed" AGM style non spillable battery.
I know batteries are a very touchy subject when it comes to favorites and my only advice to anyone with a vehicle they care about is to dump the lead acid engine and harness destroyers and get a "sealed" non spillable AGM style battery regardless of brand.
If you noticed me putting sealed in quotes, do some research on AGM. While promoted as non spillable they are not air tight which doesn't matter as the acid will not leak out.