You might ask a sales person at a place where you bought (or about
to buy) your new battery. I don't know who else.
BTW, my 98 Quattro doesn't have anything like that. Are you talking
of the engine hood? It pops when you pull a small T-shaped handle
located on the left above the clutch pedal. If you already have done
that, then what other cover? I recently replaced the battery in my
2.8Q and didn't have to remove anything but the lower right (passenger
side) bolt (with a small rectangular plate) that held the battery in
place. Well, and disconnect the two cables, of course...
Before you got to that bolt, you had to have removed the cabin air filter
carrier, the long rubber seal running the width of the engine compartment, and
the passenger side lower window trim panel that the seal holds in place.
I suspect it is with these items that the OP is having difficulty...
'00 s4 6spd - with a new battery just this month...
Is it an A4 2.8 or an A6 2.8? The A6 got this cover above the battery that
run the whole width of the engine bay - and is easily removed by 1/2 turns
on some plastic screws in the front end of the cover. Don't think the A4 got
it (at least not the 1.6).
My A4 2.8 Quattro has a cover over the battery etc. It also runs the whole
width of the engine bay. It has a small cover over the battery for
inspection but it would be impossible to remove the battery through it. I
suspect the large cover needs removing to gain access.
It's A4 2.8, and the cover doesn't seem to be there. The links to two
photos are below.
Now I am even more convinced that my car is missing it... Let me go get
Can you see the battery there? Nothing is covering it. Does that mean I am
missing those things the OP asked about removing?
Alright. I decided to get a third opinion and got Chilton A4/Passat
repair manual. Whaddya know, it has pictures. Yes, an A4 with a 4-
cylinder engine has what the OP (and you) probably talk about: a large
cover in the back of the engine compartment with four areas with many
small holes, with one kinda round hole where the brake fluid reservoir
is, and another, elongated, where the battery is. And (the drumroll
please) an A4 with a 6-cylinder engine does not have that. Why? I
don't know. So, I guess, we can now say for sure. And to the OP:
sorry, I can't help you. Somebody who has a 4-cylinder A4 should be
Oh, mine _is_ a 1999 B5 A4Q, 2.8L V6.
My 96 A4 V6 definitely didn't have the covers (nor did the 4-cylinder
models of the same vintage), but I believe that later models did. I
have a copy of a review, published in March 1995, which shows both the
2.6 V6 and the 1.8T I4 without covers. Certainly my 2000 A6 V6 and my
2003 RS6 V8 did/do have covers. However, the battery on my RS6 is in
the spare wheel well.
Peter Bell (Note Spamtrap - To reply, replace 'invalid' with 'bellfamily')
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