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Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by stressfrees3, Mar 17, 2005.

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    whats is the life expectancy of the S3 battery for a 2001 car?
    I have had a few problems recently with the battery not turning the car over in the mornings. Have checked the magic eye and it appears to be 'see-through' but the DIS does not indicate any problem.
    Are these batteries sealed or can the level of the acid be topped up or is it just a matter of buying a new one? Apart from dealers what make and where to get one?
    Thanks in advance
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    Your battery might be fine, but your alternator might not be charging properly. Normally the red light will come on. Faint at first then brighter as the alternator kills itself.
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    cyls 3 - get it checked professionally mate- i've sen soooooooooo many people replace their battery, only to discover that it's the alternator,or a power drain through a short etc. That being said, a decent cold snap usually finds out a weak battery. Could be just one cell that's goosed.You need over 12v to turn the engine. The alternator usually charges the battery about 13.8v. If you have a weak cell, cold weather overnight will allow it to drop sufficiently to cause starting problems. The life of a battery is affcted by a few criteria- how often you start the car-do you do lots of short journeys with the heated rear window/headlamps/heater on? I'd be disappointed if i didn't get 4-5 years out of an original O.E. battery Most aftermarket batterys now come with three or four year guarantees-it's worth paying a little bit more for a premier brand battery in my opinion. Take it to a decent accessory shop, if you haven't got a friendly auto electrician/mechanic-they usually have the means to drop test your battery on the car. Cheers. Paul.
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    Might be a voltage regulator? But usually the battery....... probably the cheapest and simplest solution anyway mate, and don't forget if you are changing the battery use a battery saver or simillar device-which retains the radio code etc. and make sure the keys aren't in the car in case the central locking, locks itself. Cheers. Paul
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    4 yrs is about right for an OE battery, go for one with a good G/T if your keepin the car, go for the higher power option if there is one /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
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    Thanks for the advice everyone shall have it checked out before I put a new battery in.
    Incidently will get a bosch one as I can get it from costco for £36inc
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