Update to Battery Replacement Parts – 2019-2021 Subaru Ascent

NHTSA ID Number: 10202806

Manufacturer Communication Number: SubaruNet Announ

Summary

Effective today (October 1, 2021), the recommended replacement battery for the 19-21 MY Ascent models is changing from the SOA821B200 Flooded Battery to the SOA821B600 Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB).

 


To: All Subaru Retailers
From: Subaru of America, Inc. – Warranty Claims
Date: October 1, 2021
Re: Update to battery replacement parts: 19-21MY Ascent  

 

Effective today, the recommended replacement battery for the 19-21 MY Ascent models is changing from the SOA821B200 Flooded Battery to the SOA821B600 Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB). This update will be reflected in the Battery Quick Reference Chart shortly. The battery Quick Reference Chart is available on SNET in Parts Operation > Parts Quick Reference Guide, by selecting Batteries in the Quick Reference Charts area.

While the SOA821B200 Flooded Battery is still being used as a replacement part in several models as indicated on the quick reference chart, the SOA821B600 Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB) is now listed as the replacement part for 2019-2021 Ascent models. The purpose of this communication is to provide instructions and coding information to follow when replacing a SOA821B200 flooded battery with a SOA821B600 enhanced flooded battery (EFB) in one of the above Ascent models.

 

The information below outlines some potential scenarios retailers may encounter and how to address them. Each scenario can be found on the chart at the end of this document for a detailed breakdown of warranty coverage. A Technical Service Bulletin will be released outlining additional information regarding battery test procedures and warranty information. In the meantime, please direct any questions to the Claims Helpline at 866-782-2782.

 

Warranty Replacement of an OE Battery or SOA821B200 using SOA821B600 – Scenario # 1

If a 2019-2021 Ascent vehicle with an original equipment (OE) battery or SOA821B200 battery presents with a battery concern while the vehicle is within the 3/36 New Car Basic Warranty, the battery should be tested as outlined in the Claims Policies & Procedures Manual. If the battery test provides a result indicating a battery replacement is required, a SOA821B600 should be installed. The retailer should submit a warranty claim, include the failed battery test code, claim the SOA821B600 part number, and use the coding below. The SOA821B600 comes with a 12 month/unlimited mileage parts warranty or the remainder of the 3/36 New Car Basic Warranty, whichever provides the greater coverage.

Claim Type Labor Description Labor Operation # Labor Time Failure Code
WC STD FLOODED BATT TEST & REPLACE W/ ENHANCED FLOODED BATT B800-003 0.5 FFG*
CVT TORQ CONV RELEARN AFTER BATTERY DISCONNECT C303-708 0.1

*See trouble code chart below for applicable options.

 

Parts Warranty Replacement of SOA821B200 using SOA821B600 – Scenario # 2

In the instance where a SOA821B200 in a 2019-2021 Ascent vehicle fails within the 30-month warranty period, a SOA821B600 should be installed. The retailer should submit a parts warranty claim, claiming the SOA821B600 part number and use the coding below. This will provide payment for the new SOA821B600 installed and the associated labor hours. The SOA821B600 comes with a 12 month/unlimited mileage parts warranty.

Claim Type Labor Description Labor Operation Labor Hours Failure Code
PW STD FLOODED BATT TEST & REPLACE W/ ENHANCED FLOODED BATT B800-003 0.5 FFG*
CVT TORQ CONV RELEARN AFTER BATTERY DISCONNECT C303-708 0.1

*See trouble code chart below for applicable options.

 

Parts Warranty Replacement of Pro-rated SOA821B200 using SOA821B600 – Scenario # 3

In the instance where a SOA821B200 in a 2019-2021 Ascent vehicle fails within the battery proration period (31-85 months), a SOA821B600 should be installed. The retailer should submit a parts warranty claim, claiming the SOA821B600 part number and use the coding below. This will provide payment for the new SOA821B600 installed in the vehicle, and the customer will be responsible for paying the labor hours. SOA821B600 will come with a 12 month/unlimited mileage parts warranty.

Claim Type Labor Description Labor Operation Labor Hours Failure Code
PW STD FLOODED BATT TEST & REPLACE W/ ENHANCED FLOODED BATT B800-003 0 FFG*

*See trouble code chart below for applicable options.

 

Replacement of SOA821B600 using SOA821B600 – Scenario # 4

In the instance where a SOA821B600 has previously been replaced in a 2019-2021 Ascent vehicle, and the replacement battery fails, the replacement will be covered either by the remainder of the 3/36 New Car Basic Warranty or by the 12 month/unlimited mile parts warranty period. In either case, a new SOA821B600 should be installed. If the SOA821B600 fails within the 3 year/36 mile new car basic warranty, the retailer should submit a warranty claim using the coding below, and part SOA821B600 should be entered on the claim. If the SOA821B600 fails within the 12 month parts warranty, the retailer should submit a parts warranty claim using the coding below and part SOA821B600 should be entered on the claim.

Claim Type Labor Description Labor Operation Labor Hours Failure Code
PW ENHANCED FLOODED BATTERY TEST &

REPLACE

B800-103 0.5 FFI*
WC ENHANCED FLOODED BATTERY TEST &

REPLACE

B800-103 0.5
CVT TORQ CONV RELEARN AFTER BATTERY DISCONNECT C303-708 0.1

*See trouble code chart below for applicable options.

 

Trouble Codes

Please use one of the trouble codes outlined below with the FFG and FFI failure codes:

Trouble Code Description
38 Short
39 Open
42 Output Incorrect
49 Weak
80* Leaking – Battery Acid
99 Parts

*For guidelines to assist with determining warranty coverage for battery leaks, see Technical Service Bulletin 07-186-20.

 

Warranty Application Chart

Part Information Applicable Coverage Claim  Information
Part Scenario Failed Battery Replacement Battery 3yr/36K New Car Basic Parts Warranty Claim Type Fail Code Warranty Pays Customer Pays
0-12 months 0-30 months Pro-ration (3185 months) Battery Testing Labor Labor Battery
Scenario # 1 OE battery Interstate

SOA821B600

x WC FFG x x x
Scenario # 1 Interstate

SOA821B200

Interstate

SOA821B600

x WC FFG x x x
Scenario # 2 Interstate

SOA821B200

Interstate

SOA821B600

x PW FFG x x x
Scenario # 3 Interstate

SOA821B200

Interstate

SOA821B600

X PW FFG x x X
Scenario # 4 Interstate

SOA821B600

Interstate

SOA821B600

x WC FFI x x x
Scenario # 4 Interstate

SOA821B600

Interstate

SOA821B600

x PW FFI x x x

 

Customer Pay Battery Replacement

In the instance of a customer pay battery replacement, while the recommended repair is replacement of the battery with a SOA821B600, the customer does have the option of having a SOA821B200 installed in their vehicle.

 

NOTE: Service procedures for battery replacement remain unchanged. Always refer to STIS for any applicable service information and to review the full requirements of the repair being performed. The STIS contains information critical to performing an effective repair the first time, every time. This includes important SAFETY precautions, proper inspection criteria, necessary special tools, required processes and related one-time-use parts needed for a complete and lasting repair.

 

Should you have any questions, please contact the Subaru Claims Helpline at 866-782-2782.

 


3 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
SUBARU ASCENT 2019-2021

 


1 Associated Document

Manufacturer Communications

Date: October 1, 2021
Re: Update to battery replacement parts: 19-21MY Ascent

https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=10202806

MC-10202806-0001.pdf 265.229KB

MC-10202806-0001

 


 

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