When the car battery gets old, it has to be replaced. Batteries come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the manufacturer. As a result, it’s critical to verify that the battery’s characteristics are compatible with your vehicle’s specifications. Here are some things to consider while selecting a top battery for your Volkswagen:
Type of Battery
The most common types are Lead-Acid and AGM batteries. They are relatively affordable and available in most stores. However, it’s quite heavy and requires maintenance. Newer technologies such as Lithium-Ion and Nickel-Metal Hydride are becoming more popular, offering longer life and lighter weight.
The battery’s power output must be equal to or greater than the car’s original specifications because a weak battery could cause starting problems.
Car batteries come in different types and sizes, so verify that the dimensions (length, width, and height) of the new battery match those of the old one. You need to find one that is compatible with your car. The battery must fit into the designated space in the engine bay. Some models have more restricted spaces than others, so it’s important to verify that the replacement battery is the correct dimensions. The most popular battery group size for VW is a Group 48 Battery.
Temperature Range and Cold Weather
If you live in a cold climate, you’ll need to find a battery that can tolerate low temperatures. The cold weather can be hard on car batteries, and extremely hot or cold weather can make a good battery die faster. Usually, batteries lose strength before winter and then finally fail when trying to start up the engine in the cold, so it’s important to select one that can handle the conditions. Ensure the new battery can take extreme temperatures if your vehicle is in a garage that is not heated.
Make sure the new battery has the same voltage as the old one. Most Volkswagen batteries have a nominal voltage of 12 volts.
Cold-Cranking Amps (CCA)
This measures a battery’s ability to start a car in cold weather. The higher the CCA rating, the better the battery will perform in cold weather conditions.
The warranty length is an indication of the battery’s quality and reliability. Most Volkswagen batteries come with a 3-5 years warranty.
When looking for a new Volkswagen battery, consider these factors. Choosing the right battery will ensure that your car starts up every time.
How to replace a Volkswagen battery, remove the old battery and install the new one
Removing and installing a car battery can be a daunting task, but with a little know-how, you can do it fairly easily.
Replacing a Battery on a VW Under the Hood
Here are the steps to follow:
- Open the hood and locate the car’s battery compartment.
- Disconnect the negative terminal first by loosening (but not removing) the bolt that holds it in place.
- Disconnect the positive terminal and set the terminals aside.
- Remove the old battery by gently pulling it out of the compartment.
- Install the new battery by reversing the steps above. Be sure to connect the positive terminal first and tighten the bolts securely.
- Close the hood and start the car. The new battery should be up and running in no time.