[Vwdiesel] Auxiliary Battery
jhsg at sk.sympatico.ca
Sun Apr 20 23:30:03 EDT 2003
You may want to try dual batteries, but shouldn't need them. Use good 0-40
synthetic in winter, optima or Orbital batteries ONLY with upgraded battery
cables to ground and power line to starter, change your alt belt yearly and
pulley when it shows wear, and with good glow plugs, you should not have any
trouble. my 89 with 538000km still starts to -25C not plugged in. It ain't
pretty, but it starts. At -20, it starts no trouble. Any specific
questions, ask away, or pm me. I live in Saskatchewan. It gets cold
ere. -10 is weather for shirt sleeves and a light fuzzy vest.
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> Hey Everyone,
> I am new to the list, and I own a 1992 Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Diesel.
> I am wondering if anyone (most likely in Canada) has any ideas on
> how to improve cold starts (sub -10C).
> I live in the city and will not be able to plug it in. If I dont
> find a solution, I will be forced to store the car for the winter.
> One idea I had was to add an auxiliary battery with a solenoid
> switch between it and the main battery. This battery would only
> be needed for cold starts.
> Like this one: http://www.geocities.com/george_tlc/auxbat/switch.jpg
> The only concern I have is trying to keep both batteries charged.
> I think charging them simultaneously is out of the question due
> to the stress put on the alternator. I dont want to upgrade the
> Has anyone done this or have any ideas on if and how it could work best.
> Thanks for your help.
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