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    Established Member Two Rings
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    SQ5 battery replacement

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    My car is at the dealer getting it's 35,000 mile service and they said the battery is due for replacement soon. They scanned the car wth something and this is what it's telling them. Can I swap the battery myself, or does something need to be coded? I have Carista but no VCDS. Battery seems like it would be easy to swap since it;s in the trunk, I just wasnt sure about programming. Dealer quoted me $330 for a new battery. I figured I can do it myself for 1/2 of that. My SQ5 is a 2015 with 36,000 miles.

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    Senior Member Four Rings q5 dave's Avatar
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    Has it ever drained/died? That's soon... I only replaced my original battery last year, and I didn't even need too

    I highly recommend getting a VCDS or borrowing one. Or meeting with an Audiziner and play with their vag

    You can scan the battery health to make an informed decision. Battery ran me $170 and it was installed and programmed 10 minutes later. You need to pair the new one with the car.
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    Established Member Two Rings
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    Chicago, IL

    I needed mine around the same time and did it at the dealer due to the resets it needed.


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    Established Member Two Rings
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    I just had the dealer do it since it was already there. Thanks for the replies.

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    Established Member Three Rings
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    Jan 11 2018
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    2018 VW Atlas
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    Florida

    Quote Originally Posted by billm0066 View Post
    I just had the dealer do it since it was already there. Thanks for the replies.
    What was the dealer cost of the battery alone (no labor)? Iím at 2.5 years (~43k miles) and living in Florida thatís a typical lifespan for a battery...My wifeís Sienna went through 3 batteries in the 8 years we had it.

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    Veteran Member Three Rings Reggie's Avatar
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    2014 SQ5 & 2015 RS5
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    Fort Collins Coloardo

    My AGM batteries on my RS4 lasted 8 years. I have not needed to use a VAG-COM anytime I disconnected it

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    Established Member Two Rings
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    San Francisco, California

    Do they no longer cover batteries under warranty? Not even a pro ration?

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    Established Member Two Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajan01 View Post
    What was the dealer cost of the battery alone (no labor)? Iím at 2.5 years (~43k miles) and living in Florida thatís a typical lifespan for a battery...My wifeís Sienna went through 3 batteries in the 8 years we had it.
    $330.

    Quote Originally Posted by Reggie View Post
    My AGM batteries on my RS4 lasted 8 years. I have not needed to use a VAG-COM anytime I disconnected it
    It's for replacement not disconnecting.

    Quote Originally Posted by WMeister View Post
    Do they no longer cover batteries under warranty? Not even a pro ration?
    My car does not have a warranty, but since a battery is a wear item I doubt it. My car has a rebuilt title.

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    Established Member Two Rings BierJager's Avatar
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    2015 Highlander
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    Michigan

    $330 and it can't take more than 30 minutes for them to swap it. I'm guessing the breakdown was about $200 for the battery and the rest was labor.
    That's just insane.

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    Senior Member Four Rings q5 dave's Avatar
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    What did they charge for labor?
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    1998 A4 1.8T Laser Red, Quattro, 5 speed manual

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    Established Member Two Rings Rkost's Avatar
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    I just had mine replaced at a Interstate store, the guys were dopes and had no idea where the battery was located, quoted me for the wrong battery but in the end honored the $165 price once it was finished. Anyways, I am positive they didn't code the battery to my system but I haven't had any trouble in over a year. I monitor the battery charge through my Carista and it's been reporting back perfectly fine.

    From what I understand the battery coding is supposed to tell the charging system how much to charge it, but if you match the OEM battery I don't know that it's needed IMO. I could be wrong but it's been fine for the past year.



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    Veteran Member Three Rings Reggie's Avatar
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    2014 SQ5 & 2015 RS5
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    Fort Collins Coloardo

    There is no difference in disconnecting the existing battery and replacing one. The car electronics reacts the same. As I said mine did not need to have a VAG-COM



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