Another Audi Allroad Question

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by TimothyCaseTimothy, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Oh, the battery in my 2002 Audi Allroad seems to not have much cold cranking capability...went to look for the manufacture date of the battery and all I found were some numbers...I understand that there's a format for figuring out the date, but I can't quite figure it out...

    Would love to just pull the battery out and take a better look, but it seems as though I have to remove the windshield wiper in order to get it out (of course)...:1drink

    Here's what I found on the top and whaddy'all think?

    ST00978573
    000915105AH (think that's the part number)
    VA00402092237
    00975631

    Thanks, as always!

    Tim
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  2. terry.mc

    terry.mc Stop ruining my vacation

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    You might be able to just throw it on a charger and re-evaluate on the next cold morning. Manufacture date might not matter if it can't pull the amps when it's cold.
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  3. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    I've put it on a battery tender and it definitely starts better with that...fine voltage at speed, just a sluggish cold start if it hasn't been plugged in...

    Took it to Malmart and the cold cranking amps were about 1/3 of what they should have been (this was before I had put it on a tender)...
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  4. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    Drive it for an hour so you know the battery is as charged as it'll get then have it load tested.

    I just replaced my Benz battery - the cold weather (0*f) last weekend finally killed it. Replaced a battery for a client yesterday. A friend had to replace her battery on Monday. 'Tis the season, and I'll bet you're due as well.
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  5. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    My policy is that if there's any doubt whatsoever about a vehicle battery, replace it ASAP and PDQ.

    Go price that gold-plated German über-alternator for your Audi, and then ponder the added strain placed on an alternator by trying to stuff electrons back into a dead battery.

    There's also the unknown cost and inconvenience -- where will you be when it fails completely?
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  6. rdwalker

    rdwalker Long timer

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    Now, your question was generic enough for here.

    But: you do know there is http://www.audiforums.com/forum/ , don't you? Much more on topic.
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  7. Red J

    Red J C'mon, spring!

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    If this is the result of a load test, then replace the battery.

    It is only a matter of time.
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  8. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    I just drove it over there and they slapped that measuring device on there...not sure if that's a load test or what it was...yeah, I'm a cheap bastard (who owns 3 German vehicles :rofl)...time for a new battery!
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  9. PMC

    PMC riding rider

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    ^^THIS^^
    No reason to add extra stress to your expensive charging system which is exactly what your battery is doing now.
    Saying that it sounds like you've already taken care of it
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  10. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    I knew when you were asking about wheel center caps as though this were the first issue you've had with your car that you must have just picked it up and you had only just dipped your toe in the firely pools of hell that is owning an Allroad.... Didn't take as long as I expected...

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=847981

    Hope it works out for you... Audis are great when they are running 100%
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  11. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Haha...so far, so good...fingers crossed... :D

    I've had it for about a year...
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  12. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Replace any leaking air suspension struts as soon as you can. Leaks cause the compressor to run all the time and it will quit and cause more expense. There is a secret 40 amp fuse for the compressor under the drivers side of the dash if the compressor quits. Check it first.

    Check all the rubber bushings in the suspension for cracks. I replace those on the higher mileage Allroads fairly frequently when they are around 100,000 miles.

    I really like the Allroad. I prefer the V8 power delivery but the twin turbo in fun when the turbos spool up.

    Oh yeah, to change the drivers side engine mount on the V-6 requires removing the engine.
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  13. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Seems like the passenger rear bag was super low on the first very cold morning out here...haven't had any other problems with it...
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  14. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    I can offer no help at all as I never did any work to my '02 allroad.....but I can say it was an incredibly great car for the 36,000 miles I leased it!

    Great car in the snow. Even better going really fast.
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  15. terry.mc

    terry.mc Stop ruining my vacation

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    Audi forums in general suck*. Pretty quick answers here from mostly adult~ish owners that are audi owners. I don't blame the OP at all for posting here instead of there. There are plenty of discussions that are not ADV MC specific here.

    *at least that's my experience
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  16. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that...pretty amazing how robust and diverse Advrider is and I always seem to get some good advice...the Allroad is the dual sport of the cager world, no?
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    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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  18. jdiaz

    jdiaz .

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    I agree terry. The VW owners here all suck tho. :hide
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  19. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    I own a VW also...picked that one up off here a month ago...
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    We have three. :lol3
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