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Jump Starting Plug-in Hybrids and EVs – What you need to Know

When most people think of jump starting, they think of traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and the time when grandpa had to come and jump their dad’s car because the battery was dead, or when dad had to come and bail you out when you sat in the school parking lot chatting with your friends while running the heater, lights and radio with the engine turned off. For most people, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) don’t spring to mind when they imagine a jump starting situation. But, the reality is that the need for jump starting is an equally painful reality for owners of these newer technology vehicles as it is for someone driving a 1984 Chevrolet Caprice Classic. So, if you or someone you care about drives a BEV or PHEV, this article might be for you. Combination of High Voltage and Low Voltage Batteries We covered this in a previous article, but virtually every BEV and PHEV model on North American roads contains a low voltage (LV) battery in combination with the high voltage battery. The way those batteries interact and how they handle various tasks within the electrical system can vary

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Parasitic Drain Case Study

Photo Courtesy of www.postcrescent.com Well, after two short ones, we’re back to a longish piece, but one that’s really worthwhile. In it, Robert from New York walks the reader through his diagnostic process in sorting out an excessive parasitic drain on a 2014 Cadillac CTS that resulted in a dead battery / no start situation after 2-3 days of non-use. He details the steps (and the thinking that drove those steps) as he worked through this tricky diagnostic assignment, providing the results of each step. Essentially, he ties the entire process together from start to finish, which is immensely helpful for the reader trying to follow along. It is a great writeup and one that earned many kudos from the Diagnostic Network membership. We definitely think it is worth your time. To see the original post at https://diag.net, click on the above screen shot or click here. To access complete forum posts or participate in the discussion requires a membership to the site. There are several membership options available, about which you can learn more here.  About Diagnostic NetworkDiagnostic Network is an online community of industry professionals and leading industry stakeholders coming together to create the resource to support technicians

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Testing Enhanced Flooded (EFB) Batteries

Vehicle batteries used to be quite simple. As recently as the late 1990s, there was essentially just one main battery type in the North American carpark, the flooded acid battery. Sure, there were variations, such as deep cycle and marine types, but the essential underlying technology was fairly standardized and the means of service for these batteries were reasonably straightforward. Jump to today and we literally have an alphabet soup of battery types found in North American vehicles, seemingly with new ones coming into use every year or two. One of the more recent entrants is the Enhanced Flooded (EFB) battery. Before we address the service implications of this battery, we should discuss what it is and why it is has become a popular option for many vehicle OEMs. EFB batteries, also known as Advanced Flooded Batteries, are a new type of flooded battery that has several differences in their design and construction that allow them to be used in new vehicle applications. Per the battery manufacturer Yuasa, some of these construction changes include “increased dynamic charge current acceptance over standard wet-flooded batteries (+170%), due to improved design including special Carbon additives and high charge acceptance envelope type separators.” These

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PRO-LOGIX Provides Reliable Power for Dealerships

“I’m a Diagnostic Specialist and Shop Foreman, heading up 20 technicians in the entire range of maintenance, diagnostic, and repair operations. With the advent of in-house software updates, the need has been seen for reliable power supplies. Before purchasing the PL6800, we were using a few basic fleet chargers until, at least three times in a single month, the voltage fluctuations bricked an ECU during reprogramming. Several technicians have the PL2320 and we’ve never had issues using those, so we bought four PL6800 for the shop, mounted them on carts, and gave them longer power cables. Now, we have enough stable power throughout the shop for reprogramming needs. That one month alone cost us almost $3,000, because the manufacturer doesn’t see bricking due to unstable power as a warrantable concern, but with these stable power supplies, we’re staying clean and efficient.” BenjaminNew Jersey

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Summer Road Trip Prep: 3 Steps for the Ultimate Readiness

For much of North America, the school season has ended or is about to end. And we all know what that means – summer road trip time! There are many different things that go into planning the ideal summer road trip. Picking your destination, choosing your route, making reservations… for foodies, maybe it’s planning the key meals… for adventure seekers, maybe it’s finding the highest peak or some serious whitewater. We’d also suggest performing a quick vehicle preventive check, especially as it relates to your battery. The good news is that battery management can be quick and easy with Clore Automotive products. In fact, it’s as easy as 1-2-3. STEP 1 – Assess and Monitor It always helps to start by knowing exactly where you’re at before you can track your progress toward where you want to be, and this is very true when it comes to battery management. And that means periodic testing of your battery(ies). Of course, you could rely on your service provider to let you know how each of your vehicles’ batteries are doing. That would be a reasonable course of action. The only issue there is that your last service instance might have been in

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The Secret to a Fun Toy Season

With Memorial Day behind us (here in the US), we mark the official start of “toy” season, when all the boats, personal watercraft, ATVs, motorcycles, vintage cars and more come out of storage, get a little TLC and are put back into service while the weather is favorable. The funny thing about all of these toys is that they have batteries, and if the battery isn’t working properly, the fun has to be put on hold.  It’s easy to avoid such an agonizing fate – keep your battery(ies) charged and ready for action with PRO-LOGIX, specifically the PL2112 1.0A Maintainer. There are many great features in this unit for those wishing to keep their toys up and running, but we’ll just touch on the key ones here: It’s 1.0A output means it’s perfect for everything from small ATV and mower batteries to car and SUV batteries. It properly charges Flooded, AGM, Spiral, Deep Cycle and Marine lead acid batteries plus LiFePO4 (LFP) lithium batteries – essentially, everything in your life can be managed with the PL2112. With its enhanced maintenance mode, it is designed to provide ideal long term storage charging – at the end of a long weekend, connect

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BUS Connections Need Attention Too

Here’s an anti-long resource piece for you (fully halting our streak of long to longer resource articles). This one, from Andrew in Utah, is definitely the shortest one we’ve ever referenced. It’s also a good reminder. MOST bus connections (which can very from fiber optic connections to copper connections) are temperamental and require extra attention and care. Here, Andrew shares his approach to keeping copper MOST connections in good condition. Ed. Note: There was much debate in the comments of Andrew’s post regarding what type of connections are involved in MOST bus configurations. It seemed rather spirited, with strong opinions on all sides. For those of you who aren’t Diagnostic Network members, I’ll share a little of Martin Smith’s (Instructor, BC Institute of Technology) comment regarding the use of copper connectors in the MOST configuration for some manufacturers: “GM vehicles 2014-2020 with MOST 50 use copper conductor… Terminals are subject to vibration, heat expansion cycles and exposure to conditions that can result in what look like dark marks in the contact area of the terminals, breaching/scuffing the coated surface. Microscopic corrosion develops and if not caught early enough, cleaned and coated with a preventative material, the oxidation returns…Unless caught early on,

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Truck PAC for the Win!

“I have had my Truck PAC ES6000 for over three years and never has it disappointed me. So good, I just bought another one today, 04/25/2024. It came in today and I am so excited. I really do appreciate this product and I will freely recommend it to anyone who desires quality. I have several other brands, but none has come close. The weight may be an issue, but the satisfaction after every use makes up for it. Thank you for such a wonderful lifetime product and I will sing the praise of this product.” JohnsonHouston, TX

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Another Look at Electrical System Diagnosis

Electrical system diagnostics is a subject that is virtually limitless in terms of the number of topics contained within it as well as the many nuances involved in each of those topics. This complexity is the reason why this subject is at the center of the content offerings of key industry trade publications, online webinars and in person education events related to vehicle service and repair. So, consistent with our goal of keeping you up to date on the latest resources around this tricky area of vehicle service, this month we’re pulling together some recently published resources to keep you up to speed. The Trainer – Getting to the Root of Alternator and Battery Failures At VehicleServicePros.com, Brandon Steckler has taken over The Trainer series from Pete Meier and he’s off to a great start. In this recent episode, Brandon addresses methodologies that technicians can deploy to get to the root cause of electrical system failures, specifically alternator and battery failures. He starts out with a really good explanation of the relationship between the alternator and battery, identifying how that relationship can change as the battery ages. He does a great job of explaining sulfation and its consequences for battery

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Light-N-Carry Work Lights Get USB-C Charging Upgrade

We are happy to announce that we are shifting the charging systems of our Light-N-Carry LED Work Lights over from (mostly) microUSB charging systems to USB-C charging systems, starting with our handheld LED Work Light series. Models LNC1541 and LNC1341 now join the LNC1841 with USB-C charging systems. What’s New – Models LNC1341 (300 Max Lumen) and LNC1541 (500 Max Lumen) now incorporate a USB-C charging system. USB-C charging is more convenient for the operator because it is not directional – the charging cord can be inserted into the charge port in either direction. This makes it quicker and easier to address your charging needs, saving time and reducing hassle. What Stays the Same – Each LED Work Light includes a wall charger, charging cord (now USB-A to USB-C), operator’s manual and Repair Service Coupon. Both models still provide exceptional illumination, with pleasing COB light engines for superior service in a variety of work environments. Both models still utilize our GripTech housing for sure handling and lasting durability. Both models feature an articulating handle with 180˚ rang of motion and an extra-strong magnet for assured mounting and optimal workspace lighting.