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Module Swap Resource

So, this one isn’t about a specific fix, but about a class of information that can be very useful to shops and technicians in saving a ton of time and effort in the area of module swaps. We see many messages on the forums related to which modules can be swapped and which ones cannot be swapped. Also, for those that can be swapped, there are often a number of “yeah, buts” that go along with “it can be swapped.” Diagnostic Network just added a new feature (message type) related to module swaps – when are they successful, when are they likely to fail, etc. The goal is to develop a database similar to their waveform database that enables quick reference to known cases, both good and bad. This new feature could provide tremendous time savings in the future. It is obviously brand new and has only a limited number of postings in it so far, but over time, it will be full of very useful examples. Here’s a link to Scott Brown’s recent announcement about this new feature. To see the original post at https://diag.net, click on the above screen shot or click here. To access complete forum posts

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JNCAIR Delivers Time After Time

“Not sure if it is a mystery or a marvel, but my JNCAIR jump pack has been a prize possession and such a significant tool for over a decade. Purchased in 2008, this tool has saved the ol’ hide uncountable times. In the 3rd quarter of 2022, it finally showed diminishing life. However, not completely dead, it has earned retirement. My fellow farming buddies have marveled at the long life and durability of my jump pack. Whether it was a lawnmower, motorcycle, truck, semi, tractor, or bulldozer, each time the battery was low or dead we would hook up the yellow beast and grin each time the starter began to whirl. It is the only brand (and model) I would ever consider investing in again. I have been so impressed and pleased with its performance and long life. I would submit a photo but I have already mailed it back to the company to be placed on display. The engineers may want to examine to determine why it is still alive.” WesPalmyra, MO Editor’s Note:  Wes sent his unit in for repair under our Repair Service Coupon program available on several Jump-N-Carry jump starter models. The photo provided is of Wes and

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No Spark / No Crank / No Start Diagnosis

Use Your “Ignition Inner Child” to Resolve No Spark Diagnosis As noted in this article by Andrew Markel on UnderhoodService.com, in the old days, no spark conditions were solved relatively easily by throwing some parts at the problem. But, with modern ignition systems driven by any number of modules, resolving these complaints has grown more difficult as systems have increased in complexity. That spells the need to adopt new approaches as these systems evolve. Markel suggests that it is important that technicians retain their curiosity and a learning mindset. “Sometimes, your curiosity has led you in the wrong direction and cost you time, or it has led to a comeback. But, hopefully, your curious inner child is still growing, fueled by new knowledge and experience. The most important thing to feed your inner child is information to ask questions that form a proper diagnostic procedure.” In keeping with a common theme in these articles, he suggests that technicians start with a good wiring diagram, understand the theory of operation for the vehicle under service and lean into your service information in order to solve these cases effectively and efficiently. He notes that ignition system design can vary greatly by manufacturer,

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Solving a Parasitic Draw on a Ram 2500

Here’s a very informative video by Justin in California, where he tracks down the root cause of an excessive parasitic drain on a 2019 Dodge Ram 2500 Big Horn. First, he lays out the customer’s complaint and the details related to it. He then reviews the circuit operation for these vehicles. Then, he walks us through his diagnostic strategy in a step by step manner, including what he did to quantify the nature of the drain, how it was behaving and how those details led him down the diagnostic path. It is worth the watch and might save you some time and hassle down the road if you service these vehicles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3nL97EGOPI&t=407s 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 of today and tomorrow. With your help, we are building a wide, bi-directional communication path between top level diagnosticians and the leading providers

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BA227: The Smart Testing Solution

For this month’s spotlight, we turn the focus back on the SOLAR BA227 12V Digital Battery and System Tester. The BA227 is ideal for busy service environments that work mostly on vehicles with 12 Volt systems. It offers comprehensive testing of 12 Volt batteries, starting systems and charging systems, in a package that shops love because it makes testing quick and easy. Here are the key features of this great tester: Versatile testing of 12V batteries The BA227 tests batteries with voltages from 6.5-15V, enabling assessments of all but the most severely discharged batteries. Plus, it can accurately test many different lead acid battery types, including Flooded, AGM, Spiral Wound, Gel Cell, Start-Stop AGM and Start-Stop EFB batteries. Easy assessment of system function Quickly and easily assess starting and charging system function to better determine the source of vehicle problems. Battery health is just one aspect of electrical system operation. Even if the battery is found to be at end of life, it is critical to check that the vehicle does not also have issues with its charging or starting system. Otherwise, you could install a new battery only to have the customer return with a no-start complaint in a

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Sure, I’ll Jump Your EV!

“Hi. Here is my story. My daughter asked me to boost her Hyundai Kona electrique car. I told her it was impossible to boost your electrique car! But, I just boost the little 12 Volt battery. And the car started to run. Wow! Was I surprised!  I did that with my JNC660.” GilbertGranby, Quebec Editor’s Note:  It comes as a big surprise to most people that all EVs currently on North American roads contain a 12V (low voltage) battery. We covered this in a recent article. If you’d like to learn more, click here.

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ADAS Opportunities and Challenges

ADAS Opportunities and Challenges Still one of the hottest topics for shops, ADAS continues to offer significant opportunities as well as serious concerns for service facilities. What is the right solution for my specific shop… what type of capital investment is required to offer an adequate service menu to my customers… do I go with OE solutions or is an aftermarket solution best for me… how do I properly train my team to perform these applications… how quickly is the technology advancing? These are just a few of the questions we see posed in the forums and tackled in the various trade publications. So, we thought we’d pull together some resources related to this trending topic, even though we have addressed it twice before over the last 3-4 years. ADAS – A Primer We always like to begin at the beginning, so we’ll start with this great overview article by Scott Brown on VehicleServicePros.com. In it, Scott first identifies the main ADAS system components and distinguishes between Driver Assistance Systems (DAS), such as ABS, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as Emergency Braking Systems. In his review of ADAS system components, he goes into detail on how cameras, radar

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Charging Several Batteries? We’ve Got You Covered!

Although my son is five years removed from participating in Boys Scouts, I still assist his troop with issues related to power and battery management. It’s a big troop and they bring lots of scouters to each campout, especially their large summer camp experience in the Ozarks. Often, they have limited access to AC power and face challenges to power the equipment needed to keep 150 scouters and 50+ parents going for 8-9 days. As I worked with them this week to determine their power needs for 2023, we kept coming back to the need to charge multiple 12V batteries daily to run everything from laptops and AV equipment to popcorn poppers and smokers. Of course, these discussions also involved their needs related to power inverters (more on this in a future article), but this week’s topic was charging. And, no matter where we started, we always ended up in the same place – the PRO-LOGIX PL4050. That’s because the PL4050 does many different things and does them very well. This Battery Maintenance Station can charge and maintain four batteries simultaneously, with each battery serviced independently. This is great because it means that a problem battery on one channel cannot

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Great Scope Resource

We’re changing it up a little this month. So many of our past resource articles reference the use of a scope as a critical tool used as part of the diagnostic process. In addition, many of our feature articles are similar in that the topic under discussion is often best resolved or illustrated through the use of a scope. For instance, effectively and efficiently tracking down an excessive parasitic drain to its root source often involves the use of a scope. For many, getting into scope usage can be daunting, with fears that the learning curve is too steep. If you are among those that are in this situation, here’s a new video from earlier this month by Pete Meier on VehicleServicePros.com which he has titled “Introduction to Scopes.” In this very informative video, Pete walks through the basics of scope usage to help those that are new to scope usage become both familiar with the tool and confident in the use of it. Pete also runs through a few of the scope options currently available to technicians, highlighting some of the features to watch out for and consider. This is a great resource for the many technicians out there

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Accord is No Match for the JNC950

“Received a call for a jump start on a 2014 Honda Accord. As I pulled up to the address, I found a bunch of guys there and they had jumper cables attached from one car to the Accord. I could see what was going on. I assumed I would not be needed, as I asked who was the owner of the Honda. The gentleman stated ‘it’s me, and we have been working on getting my vehicle started.’ I asked about the jumper cables being attached from one vehicle to the Honda and the owner stated they had been trying to jump start for approximately three hours, but they still were not able to get the Honda started. I asked them to disconnect the jumper cables and I would use my JNC950 Jump-N-Carry to start the customers vehicle. Several of the citizens that were there trying to use the jumper cables stated that if the jumper cables did not work, there was no way my JNC950 would work. So, I asked them to gather around the Honda and watch my jump starter start the vehicle. I connected my JNC950 to the Honda and showed them the gauge of my jumper to