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    2.5 TDI BATTERY RECOMMENDATIONS

    Firstly, happy new year everyone

    Basically I'm in need of a new battery & was just looking for any recommendations regarding product / price etc.
    Currently looking at a 'Bosch S4' which is available through 'Europarts' for £70 inc discount.

    What have you got ?
    What did you pay ?
    Are you happy with your purchase ?

    Any advice welcome, thanks.
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    The bosch s4 are ok, nothing out of the ordinary but you still get 4 years warranty so make sure you keep the receipt ! Old batteries used to last 8 years + so it's funny how later/modern technology cannot better that !
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    I just bought a battery for my 1.9tdi (original battery lasted over 6 years). I went for the bosch s5. Seems to do the job well

    got it from here because they were the cheapest: http://www.carbatteriesonline.co.uk/

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    My question would be - does my car need the extra power provided by the s5 ?
    Does the cca actually make a difference ?
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    I renewed my battery to a BOSCH S4010 (UK110) from the bay, Car Battery World, and paid £78.95, with free delivery. Made for the job, and has ample power and CCA.
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    I have the auto lights and coming/leaving home functions which I always keep on so there's always a bit more load on the battery on start up. Saying that the oem battery was fine but I wanted the 5 year warranty for piece of mind as I'm planning on keeping the car for a while. The glow plug warm up time seemed to be shorter too but I don't know if this is the placebo effect?
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    Ended up going for this Bosch Audi S4 Battery 110 4 Year Guarantee | Euro Car Parts UK’s No.1 Car Parts Retailer

    With the 15% promo it came in at £76.45.
    Will be fitting tomorrow along with a new set of glow plugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADC74 View Post
    Will be fitting tomorrow along with a new set of glow plugs.
    Let us know how you get on. Meant to be a complete PITA to fit (if current plugs are original and seized). Out of interest... what's your mileage?
    Is that with or without VAT?

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    Spray some wd40 on the plugs and leave them for a little while before you take them out. Last thing you want is them snapping in there...
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    Well I managed to fit the new battery before I got called into work earlier today so I haven't got around to fitting the new glow plugs as yet. Got to be the most time consuming battery I have ever fitted to any car due to location & access.

    On the plus side, I finally got around to removing both gromits within the chamber. The one under the battery was half in / half out with serious amount of crud & debris to be removed. The other, under the brake servo, was still in situ - along with the usual crap & a little water in the surrounding area. Both gromits now removed so happy days

    I knew the old unit was on it's last legs but now the turnover / fire is instant, so I might wait for the next really cold morning before I rush to fit the new glowies. I won't get an opportunity to fit them now before next Thursday anyway so I will update this thread within the week
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADC74 View Post
    So I might wait for the next really cold morning before I rush to fit the new glowies. I won't get an opportunity to fit them now before next Thursday anyway so I will update this thread within the week
    As alpesh26 suggested - spray them with WD40 or Duck Oil penetrating release a couple of days before doing the job. Someone on another forum also told me to get the car to operating temperature before pulling them.
    Is that with or without VAT?

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    iv not changed my one in the 5 years of owning it, all seems well, so i cant say, all i can say is get a big one!

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    Right then, as advised, just applied a good lick of WD-40 to the original glow plugs prior to their ( attempted ) removal tomorrow.
    My next post will either be ........or

    Fortune favours the brave !!!
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    Be firm but gentle. If you're using a half inch socket set just be aware of the amount of torque you're transmitting through it.

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    Pleased to report that all went well

    Only issue I had was that I couldn't find a 3/8 elbow socket, which was needed to remove the first & last plug on the right bank. Popped out to grab one & finished the job. My only concern is that the leads are a much tighter fit onto the new glow plugs, you could actually feel them pop into place with the old plugs. Even after pushing hard I still didn't feel any pop connection time will tell I guess.

    Here is a piccy of the old vs new plug, not the best I know but it's good for a comparison - the difference in length is due to the phone angle

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    Nice one, although I can't see the pic...?
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    Ooops........try again

    The cold temperature was right on cue this morning 0.5 on the dash & she started like a dream - turned over with virtually instant fire & no more plumes of smoke. Same again when leaving work, -1.5 on the dash, totally transformed the old girl.
    To say I'm happy would be an understatement

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    Why when I'm adding photos do they seem to disappear after 24 hrs

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    How are you hosting them?

    I've not seen anoy of the pictures you've posted in this thread!
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    I'm copying the 'URL' from the image then pasting it into the box within the images link......if that makes sense.
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