Auxilary Battery Malfunction is a common error message that comes up when the Mercedes-Benz auxiliary battery fails. Mercedes-Benz uses an aux battery in critical situations to operate the transmission and critical accessories.
The most common issue that triggers this error on Mercedes-Benz vehicles is a dead auxiliary battery.
In most cases, to fix Mercedes-Benz auxiliary battery malfunctions all you need to do is replace the auxiliary battery. This repair takes about 30 minutes.
The auxiliary battery location varies between models.
Auxilary battery is typically located in one of these locations:
- the left side of the dashboard
- in the engine bay
- under the front passenger seat.
In some models, the auxiliary battery may be in the engine bay (W211), under the passenger seat (most SUVs such as GL, R, ML), trunk, and behind the driver's seat (SLK convertible); we will go into more detail later.
In this guide, we will explain everything you need to know about the auxiliary and how to replace it yourself for under $100.
Newer Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs have two batteries:
- Main battery (G1) - Also known as system battery, starter battery, or G1. Its main function is to start the engine and be the primary power source for all vehicle electrical systems.
- Auxiliary battery (G1/7). - Also known as the secondary battery, backup battery, aux battery, or G1/7. Usually an AGM battery. Typically specs: 12V, 12Ah, 170 A. Supplies power if main battery (G1) voltage is low.
When the main battery dies, the car won't start. When the auxiliary battery dies, the car starts, but an auxiliary battery malfunction appears on the dashboard.
In most cases, the car runs and drives fine even with a bad auxilary battery.
Reading the fault codes with a Mercedes-Benz All System Scanner brings up the following fault code:
- 9062 Component G1/7 (auxiliary battery) is defective or not installed. Status: Current and stored.
Some models, such as the early E-Class, the auxiliary battery warning, show the battery symbol on the dashboard.
On newer models, when the auxiliary battery dies, you get a battery symbol and error message on the dashboard such as:
- Auxiliary Battery Malfunction
- Stop Vehicle Leave Engine Running - can also be caused by the main battery.
- Stop Vehicle Shift to P Leave Engine Running - can be caused by low voltage for the main battery.
- Battery Symbol on Dashboard - can also be caused by faulty alternator or voltage regulator.
Why does Auxilary Battery Malfunction come up?
When the auxiliary battery fails to hold a charge to recharge, you will get an error message such as "auxiliary battery malfunction" or, in 2015 and newer models, "stop vehicle shift to P leave engine running" warning message.
These two error messages are common for Mercedes-Benz cars, and other than the error message, the vehicle usually runs and drives fine.
If the car runs and drives fine, but you keep seeing the auxiliary battery malfunction error on the dashboard, you know the problem is the auxiliary battery.
We have seen Mercedes-Benz try to read the codes with a generic OBD-II scanner, but no fault codes come up. If you use a generic scanner to read the codes, you will not find any fault codes that point to a bad auxiliary battery because generic scanners can not read Mercedes-Benz specific fault codes.
You will know that the secondary battery is at fault because the car will still turn on, and some functions will still work. The auxiliary battery does not affect the car’s mechanical functions.
What is the auxiliary battery used for?
One of the most important functions of the auxiliary battery is to operate the gear shift selector when the main car battery dies.
Mercedes-Benz has what is known as a drive-by-wire. This means your gear select shifter is electronically controlled. If the main battery dies, you can no longer control the shifter and place the vehicle in Park. Since there is an auxiliary battery, you can now still shift to Park even if the main battery dies. This is a safety feature.
The reason why the car runs and drives fine is that the auxiliary battery is hardly ever used. In the early models, such as E-Class W211, it was used to run electronic consumers, but that's no longer the case.
Depending on the model, the auxiliary battery can operate additional functions and accessories such as sensors, COMAND, heated seats, various radars, stop-start functions, etc.
Where is the auxiliary battery located?
The most common location for the auxiliary battery on a Mercedes-Benz on the left side of the dashboard. Other locations where you will find auxiliary batteries on a Mercedes-Benz.
- Engine bay - Passenger side.
- E-Class W211 installed below air intake of HVAC.
- Under Passenger Seat
- ML, R, GL have the aux battery under the front passenger seat.
- Behind the driver's seat
- SLK, SL has the auxiliary battery behind the driver's seat, back panel.
- Trunk - Near fuse box.
The main location of the auxiliary battery is the left side of the dashboard.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you replace the auxiliary battery on a Mercedes Benz?
First, you need to determine where the auxiliary battery is located on your Mercedes-Benz. Next, follow one of these guides on how to replace the auxiliary battery on a Mercedes-Benz.
- How to Replace Aux Battery on the Side of Dashboard, Driver's Side.
- How to Replace Aux Battery Under Front Passenger Seat
- How to Replace Auxilary Battery in the Engine Bay
- How to Replace Auxilary Battery Behind Driver's Seat
Can I use an aftermarket auxiliary battery?
Yes. Aftermarket batteries that have similar specs as the original battery can be used. We have used aftermarket auxiliary batteries many times without any issue.
I replaced the auxiliary battery, but the warning still comes up.
First, check the new auxiliary battery is charged. We had seen it happened before where the new auxiliary battery that we installed was discharged. You can use a voltmeter to measure the voltage of the auxiliary battery. It should be above 12 volts.
Several issues can trigger the auxiliary battery warning message:
- Battery Control Module (N82). The battery control module monitors voltages and calculates the condition of both batteries. N82 monitors the voltages of (G1) and (G1/7)
- Auxiliary battery relay (K57/2) Learn more about the K57/2 relay replacement here.
- CAN communication issue - Typically due to damaged wires or connector
- Polyswitch Fuse (F30)
- Auxiliary Battery Relay (K57/2) - Used to charge the auxiliary battery if the engine running and when the voltage is low.
- Cut-off Relay for Interruptible Loads (K75) Cut-off Relay for Interruptible Loads (K75)
Even though many of the components above can cause auxiliary battery malfunction, we have found that 9 out of 10 times, the problem is the auxiliary battery itself.
Which Mercedes-Benz models have an auxiliary battery?
Most 2003 and newer Mercedes-Benz have a secondary battery, also known as an auxiliary battery.
- C-Class (W205 S205 C205)
- S-Class (W221 W222),
- E-Class (W213 S213 C238 W212 S212 C207 A207 A0009829308 auxiliary battery is located at the driver side.
- GLC-Class (X253, C253),
- SLK R171 R172
- GL, GLS Class X164, and newer
- R-Class W251
- ML-Class W164
For example, most models including E class W211 S211 W212 S212 C207 A207 ML W166 GL X166 C class W204 S204 S class W220 W221 A-class W176 W177 CLA W117 CLS W218 C257 Sprinter W906 Vito W639 W447 B Class W246 W247 G Class W463 G500 G55 G63 AMG cars have the small auxiliary battery.
If your Mercedes-Benz is equipped with the 722.9 7-speed transmissions, it will also be equipped with an auxiliary battery.
What is the difference between Secondary and Auxiliary Battery?
Secondary and auxiliary batteries are often used interchangeably. In fact, there is a difference between the two.
Typically a secondary battery may be used to power several electronic consumers. Simultaneously, an auxiliary battery is mainly used as a backup to operate the electronic shifter if the main battery fails. Whether your Mercedes-Benz has a secondary or aux battery depends on the car model and year.
What is Mercedes-Benz N000000004039 auxiliary battery?
N000000004039 A000000004039 12V 1.2Ah lead-acid battery is the second model of the auxiliary battery, also known as the backup battery. It is used on many models including Mercedes SUVs such as GL X164 GL450 GL550 GL350 GL320 S-class W220 W221 S320 CL-class W216 CL550 CL600 CL63, R-class W251 R350, ML-class W164 ML250 ML300 ML350 etc.
What is the A0009829308 auxiliary battery?
One more type of battery for Mercedes cars is A0009829308, which is very similar to the previous model described above. Still, it has a little bit different shape and different locations for positive and negative terminals.
Can you re-charge an auxiliary battery?
Mercedes-Benz auxiliary battery is a rechargeable 12V 1.2Ah battery. The alternator charges the auxiliary battery when the engine is running.
If the voltage of the auxiliary battery drops significantly, the alternator will stop charging it, and you will get an aux battery warning on the dashboard.
If the battery is still good, your only option is to remove the car's battery and charge it with a 12 Volt Smart Charger, then reinstall.
If the auxiliary battery doesn't hold a charge, it needs to be replaced.
How much does it Cost to Replace a Mercedes Auxiliary Battery?
The average cost to replace a Mercedes-Benz auxiliary battery at the dealer or auto mechanic is between $250 and $450.
The average cost to replace a Mercedes-Benz battery yourself is between $30 and $95.
Does an auxiliary battery need to be programmed?
No, the new auxiliary battery that you install does not need to be programmed. It will work without programming, and the Auxilary Battery Waring on the instruction cluster resets on its own.
Can I drive the car with the auxiliary warning on?
While the vehicle can still be driven with an auxiliary battery warning light on, for safety reasons, we recommend getting this problem fixed as soon as possible.
Which Mercedes-Benz has an auxiliary battery?
Almost all 2005 and newer Mercedes-Benz vehicles have an auxiliary or secondary battery. Here are some examples:
- C Cass W205 Saloon Sedan
- C Class S205 Estate Touring
- C Class A205 Cabriolet Convertible
- C Class C205 Coupe
- C Class 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
- C Class C180 C200 C220 BlueTec C250 C300 C350 c350e Hybrid C400 C450 C43 C450 C63 AMG
- CLC Class W257 2017 2018 2019
- E Class W213 Sedan
- E Class S213 Estate
- E Class C238 Coupe
- E Class A238 Convertible
- E Class 2016 2017 2018 2019
- E Class W212 S212 A207 C207
- E Class E200 E250 E300 E350e Hybrid E400 E450 E200d E220d E300d E350d E400d 4MATIC E43 E63 AMG BlueTEC
- ML-class W164 ML250 ML300 ML350
- GLE W166
- R Class W251 R350 R500 R320 R63 AMG
- GL X164 GL450 GL550 GL350 GL320
- GLA-class X156 GLA180 GLA200 GLA250 GLA45 AMG GLA220 CDI
- GLC X253 C253 W253 Hatchback Coupe 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
- GLC GLC300 GLC350e GLC220d GLC 220d GLC250d GLC350d GLC300 GLC43 AMG
- S Class W220 W221 S320
- CL-class W216 CL550 CL600 CL63
- S Class W222 Sedan 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
- S Class C217 Coupe 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
- S Class A217 Convertible Cabriolet 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
- S Class S300 BlueTec S320 S350 S400 Hybrid S500 S550 S65 S63 AMG 4Matic
What is the part number of the Mercedes-Benz auxiliary battery?
The most common part numbers for a Mercedes-Benz auxilariy batery are:
- A000 982 70 08