At some point, you're going to need to replace the battery on your VW. If it's three to five years old and out of warranty, it's a good idea to replace it as preventive maintenance. Or you might have noticed that your vehicle's lights are dimmer or the starter cranks slower than normal. Don't sweat it though - your VW's battery is easy to replace and this guide will show you everything you need to know.
What Is A Battery And Why Is It Important?
Like batteries for a flashlight or electronic device, the battery is used to store power for your VW's electrical system. It enables the starter motor to start the engine and runs other systems like lights, the A/C, and stereo. Like any battery, it gradually produces less power and eventually dies.
For more info about batteries and why they die, check out this post.
How To Diagnose A Failing Battery
When your battery starts to fail you'll notice that the starter motor turns more slowly or it's harder to start your car. Other signs include:
- The starter makes a clicking noise or you hear a click instead of the starter engaging
- The headlights are dim
- The car's interior lights are dim and go out completely when you try to start the car
If your VW experiences any of these symptoms, it's important to check out your battery. This guide provides more information on what to do.
How To Replace A Battery In A VW
Replacing a battery is one of the easiest things to do on a car. However, there are some important steps to take for safety and to prevent your VW's immobilizer from having to be reset.
This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to replace a battery on your VW.
For more information on the engine immobilizer, check out this link.
Are OEM VW Batteries Better Than Aftermarket?
The biggest decision on replacing your battery might come down to choosing between an OEM VW battery and an aftermarket one. An aftermarket battery is always an option and can be cheaper to buy. However, that cheaper aftermarket battery could cost you more money in the long run. Reasons why OEM VW batteries are better than aftermarket ones include:
- OEM batteries are exactly the right size and type for your VW
- OEM batteries are made to VW's factory specifications
- OEM batteries generally have a better warranty and last longer
If you need a new battery for your car or have questions, VW Parts Vortex can help! Not only will we make sure you get the right OEM battery for your Volkswagen but we have a no-hassle return policy. Call or order online today!