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I've got my afterblower set to full through vadis - it runs the interior blower fan on high for 10 minutes after the car has been off a half hour or so to prevent mold build up and also helps keep the car cool. With the three Saab's I had before the R, I could set my watch to when the battery would go, and strand the car. It was exactly two years. <p>I've had the R now for two years and I'm thinking of replacing the battery so my wife won't have to deal with that and two toddlers at the same time - anyone had any batteries go on an R, and if so, how long did they last? <p>
 

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Re: Anyone replace the battery preventatively? (Grendel)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Grendel</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I've got my afterblower set to full through vadis - it runs the interior blower fan on high for 10 minutes after the car has been off a half hour or so to prevent mold build up and also helps keep the car cool. With the three Saab's I had before the R, I could set my watch to when the battery would go, and strand the car. It was exactly two years. <p>I've had the R now for two years and I'm thinking of replacing the battery so my wife won't have to deal with that and two toddlers at the same time - anyone had any batteries go on an R, and if so, how long did they last? <p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Can you give us more info about the afterblower?
 

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Re: Anyone replace the battery preventatively? (Grendel)

They seem to go (at least for me) right about 3-1/2 years so the prorate on the battery warranty is about a $1.80 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Anyone replace the battery preventatively? (Grendel)

You're in Florida, so not sure if your biggest probelm is actually evaporation of the fluid.<br>In the Norheast the issue is always that the battery dies in the winter, at night, in a full snowstorm, at the airport, when you're coming back to town from a warm place and wearing loafers....<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I change batteries with 3 year intervals. Religously, it's worth the money to not end up in the above scenario.<p>
 

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Re: Anyone replace the battery preventatively? (Grendel)

I replace my batteries every 4 years and have never had one die, but our Volvo is only a few months old so I can't speak for it. I like this blower idea, will the dealer be able to do this for me? Usually I try to run the fan on high (AC off) for the last few minutes of my drive, but it would be much nicer to have it be automatic.
 

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Re: Anyone replace the battery preventatively? (needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Can you give us more info about the afterblower? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>It's a feature available through vadis that allows the interior blower fan to come on if a predetermined temp/humidity level is reached - I believe there are several level settings for it - it is supposedly programmable for fan speed and duration. My service advisor asked me a few months into ownership if I would like the feature activated, and I said yes. It's not an R exclusive feature - apparently all P2 cars are capable of this - just ask your service advisor (famous last words). It makes a huge difference in interior temp when the car is parked outside for an hour or less, as the fan usually comes on after 45 minutes or so and circulates the air.<p>My wife parked the R at the gym for an hour the other day and when she came home she said that the interior fan was running when she got into the car to leave - she said it was off when she turned the car off. I said that was just the afterblower, and that it was normal. She asked "won't that drain the battery?" To which I said "probably."<p>I'll probably wait another year and replace the battery as I wouldn't want her to have to deal with a dead car.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Grendel at 3:43 PM 5-15-2006</i>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Grendel</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>It's a feature available through vadis that allows the interior blower fan to come on if a pretetermined temp/humidity level is reached - I believe there are several level settings for it - it is supposedly programmable for fan speed and duration. My service advisor asked me a few months into ownership if I would like the feature activated, and I said yes. It's not an R exclusive feature - apparently all P2 cars are capable of this - just ask your service advisor (famous last words). It makes a huge difference in interior temp when the car is parked outside for an hour or less, as the fan usually comes on after 45 minutes or so and circulates the air.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Anyone have a part number? The service advisors up here suck royal poop.
 

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Re: Anyone replace the battery preventatively? (needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Anyone have a part number? The service advisors up here suck royal poop. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm not sure if you even need a part number. It is just a change in your settings, just like making the heated seats hotter.
 
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