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      01-29-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
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Complete guide to battery coding and registration?

Hey everyone, I know this gets brought up a lot, but I can't find a complete guide for dealing with battery replacement. I know one option is to use the BT Tool, but that method only works for replacing with the exact same kind of battery. I'm interested in using a standard coding cable anyway.

From what I gather there are two different components to the process:
  • Coding for a change in battery type (AGM vs standard) and size (CCA, aH). Can be done with either NCS Expert or ISTA/P.
  • Registering the new battery. Can be done with either INPA or ISTA/D.

So really there are two ways of doing the full deal: either the old school way (code with NCS Expert, register with INPA) or the modern way (code with ISTA/P, register with ISTA/D).

Does this sound correct? Does anyone have guides for either the old fashioned method or newer ISTA method?

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      01-30-2014, 02:00 AM   #2
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All these things are covered else where.
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All these things are covered else where.
Yup and a PDF file with step by step, it's in the same section somewhere here
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I'm also interested in figuring this out, which is how I found this post. I have a cable (not a BT cable, bought it off of amazon a long time ago) but I don't know what software I need and what needs to be changed. I just want to replace the battery without paying a dealer $550.
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here you go
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I did see that PDF in my research, but I also saw people disagreeing with some of the info it. People were saying that you should be editing the VO and then doing the CAS accordingly and the guide doesn't mention VO.

I also saw mentions that INPA should be used instead of Tool32, and then further conflicting information that the proper way to do it is via ISTA/P and ISTA/D.

Also, there seems to be conflicting information on whether battery registration is even possible on pre 03/2007 E92s (different OBD and such), as people were reporting errors on those models.

Any further info?
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I think on the pre 03/07, you just need a different cable. I saw on the post from the person who offers the software for easy battery registration (stealth1?) that it's just a different cable. I have yet to find out as I bought the wrong cable and only figured out I had an 01/07 build after the cable didn't work. But I did see that there are cables made for the pre cars, so I'll buy one soon and find out.
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I think on the pre 03/07, you just need a different cable. I saw on the post from the person who offers the software for easy battery registration (stealth1?) that it's just a different cable. I have yet to find out as I bought the wrong cable and only figured out I had an 01/07 build after the cable didn't work. But I did see that there are cables made for the pre cars, so I'll buy one soon and find out.
Doesn't seem to just be the cable - I saw people who had no problem connecting and coding reporting registration failures on pre-03/2007 models.
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If you are switching from Non AGM to AGM you have to update the VO by removing B0## and add A0## to the order and write to CAS and FRM then manually change the CAS battery class to ##ah_agm then use tool32 to register.

Changing the battery class alone didn't work as it resets it back to 90ah without doing the VO.

## - Replace with your battery AH rating for e.g. mine was 90ah so I had to replace B090 with A090.
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I have a few questions... I am relatively new to coding and doing alot of research since January but a few basic things I am uncertain about. My questions are as follows.

1) When updating the VO or CAS should ignition be on/off, or key out?
2) How do you check charging strategy in INPA? Its all in German! Lol.

Responses are much appreciated
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I have a few questions... I am relatively new to coding and doing alot of research since January but a few basic things I am uncertain about. My questions are as follows.

1) When updating the VO or CAS should ignition be on/off, or key out?
2) How do you check charging strategy in INPA? Its all in German! Lol.

Responses are much appreciated
I had to have the keys in with iginition on

As for Inpa I don't remember exactly as I don't have my laption with me but I think I click something about analog/digital then something else about IBS and F3 which should be Field PIM2 and then you should see battery class I think.

Don't quote me as im going from memory
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