Bosch S4 001 and 002 batteries

Hi Im looking for a new battery, I've been recommended a s4 002 type 12, however a s4 001 type 63 is cheaper has the same dimensions but different amps and cca. Would I be able to use a 001? It's for a Vw polo 2011 1.2 tdi

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Diesel engines require a lot more power than petrol engines to turn over when cold, so go for the highest capacity battery that will fit/you can afford.
If you skimp, you may find yourself stranded next winter.

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Gentle_Giant

Diesel engines require a lot more power than petrol engines to turn over … Diesel engines require a lot more power than petrol engines to turn over when cold, so go for the highest capacity battery that will fit/you can afford.If you skimp, you may find yourself stranded next winter.


Thanks however:


This is the cheaper one: ebay.co.uk/itm…601

Whilst this is what I've been recommended: ebay.co.uk/itm…AIT

The cheaper one only different is 1amps but CCA is higher
Edited by: "Akaptel94" 9th Dec 2016

You want the higher CCA.

CCA stands for Cold Cranking Amperage, and is an indication of how much the battery can put out when cold, the bigger the CCA, the easier it will turn your engine over when cold.

Be wary of branded batteries on Ebay if they dont have a physical store to visit; lots of fake Chinese batteries out there, with expensive brand names all over them.

Type 63 will be fine as long as the fixing is either a base clamp or adjustable strap hold down. If it is a shroud type with a top you will need a 15mm block of wood or something to stop it moving.

If you can try signing up in Halfords for their "trade card". (It's easy just say you are a self employed mechanic) You get superb discounts on service items and anything with halfords branding. I bought a battery for a zafira this year and saved nearly £30 on a £75 battery.

pebsham

If you can try signing up in Halfords for their "trade card". (It's easy … If you can try signing up in Halfords for their "trade card". (It's easy just say you are a self employed mechanic) You get superb discounts on service items and anything with halfords branding. I bought a battery for a zafira this year and saved nearly £30 on a £75 battery.



I've had no end of trouble with Halfords own brand batteries; Halfords have always been good about replacing them, but not one has ever reached the end of its warranty period without failing.

I fitted a sump heater* to my current car, so went for the largest battery I could squeeze into the engine bay, and bought Bosch, because for batteries at least, they are one of the best.

*Battery powered, so not reliant on a mains connection.

Those first few miles on cold mornings are now done at 50% better mpg than before, so the the heater, timer etc paid for themselves last winter, and this winter is pure profit.
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