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Offline Crovalli

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Mk5 GTI - Battery??
« on: January 08, 2021, 07:22:20 pm »
Hey guys,

The other day (about 2 weeks ago to be exact), I went to start my golf, and it wouldn't start. A bit of cranking and then eventually gave out and got the flickering of the dash lights. Jumped it the next day, and while hesitant, it started and ran for a little while - though when I tried to start it again, see before.

I'm almost certain it's the battery, given I've had the car for 2 years now (without it being changed) and the battery looks to be from Japan (car is a Jap import).

My main concern is - is my thinking correct in that it's only the battery, and I won't be looking at anything more serious?

And - what's a good replacement? I've seen a few posts here and there, but not a lot of detail as to exactly what I should be looking at.

tia :) 


E: should probably also mention, central Auckland based too - if there's a decent place around please do let me know. Can still travel!
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Offline The Red Warrior

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Re: Mk5 GTI - Battery??
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2021, 09:15:26 pm »
Yes, just the battery, nothing more to be worried about. See the ĎBattery Conundrumí thread just a few below this one for a bit more info.
On a related note, mine has also just given up. (Also a mk5 GTI). Fortunately itís still under warranty. Unfortunately the online shop that I bought it from donít open again till Monday and even then are out of stock on most of their batteries due to I believe a general worldwide supply/shortage issue.
Hereís the link to what I bought (that is now dead):

https://www.mrpositive.co.nz/bosch-s5-premium-din66zl-automotive-battery-680cca/

Offline The Red Warrior

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Re: Mk5 GTI - Battery??
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2021, 11:43:04 pm »
Well, after using my father in lawís trickle charger the battery was still no good. Even after being on overnight it was still only showing about 3 volts and dropping. But after using a mates much better and more sophisticated charger, (that tested the battery, then did some sort of rejuvenation mode, then went through several different charging modes) I connected it back up and the car started no problem. Iíve got it on charge again now and the car will be driven about a 100km tomorrow and Iíll probably keep an eye on it. I canít drive at the moment due to shoulder surgery so the car doesnít get much use.

Offline the phantom

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Re: Mk5 GTI - Battery??
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2021, 08:58:03 am »
it could be a weak cell a good battery shop will test it for you, I have used Exedy on Wairau Rd on the Shore
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Offline Pristle

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Re: Mk5 GTI - Battery??
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2021, 10:22:08 am »
Hey guys,

The other day (about 2 weeks ago to be exact), I went to start my golf, and it wouldn't start. A bit of cranking and then eventually gave out and got the flickering of the dash lights. Jumped it the next day, and while hesitant, it started and ran for a little while - though when I tried to start it again, see before.

I'm almost certain it's the battery, given I've had the car for 2 years now (without it being changed) and the battery looks to be from Japan (car is a Jap import).

My main concern is - is my thinking correct in that it's only the battery, and I won't be looking at anything more serious?

And - what's a good replacement? I've seen a few posts here and there, but not a lot of detail as to exactly what I should be looking at.

tia :) 


E: should probably also mention, central Auckland based too - if there's a decent place around please do let me know. Can still travel!


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