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2004 Volkswagen New Beetle

I need to replace the battery in my 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle but am not sure how to remove it. It is covered by a plastic sheild that I am able to lift off but under that there is another plastic casing with large wires extending out the top.

Can you help me remove the battery?

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Remove the 13 mm bolt hold at the bottom side of the battery.
Take the splash shield off, and pull out the bolt, you can use a magnet to catch the mount and bolt when it comes loose.
You will find another bolt holding the power steering reservoir, take it out. then after pull it out , this won't be easy.
After replacing the battery the radio will go into safe mode and you will have to retrieve the radio code, and also reset the windows' one touch up and down programming.

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