Resolving a No Crank Condition on a 2012 Ram with TIPM

Last month, in our featured article, we highlighted a piece from Underhood Service that provided a review of the Chrysler TIPM, highlighting how it was configured and why it can be difficult to diagnose the source of electrical system problems on vehicles equipped with it. This month’s technical tip brings…

Time Saving Alternator Replacement Tip

Techs often reference the fact that the recommended service procedures aren’t always the fastest or easiest ways to accomplish necessary repairs. Here’s a great example provided by Eric from Illinois. He saw several potential potholes in the recommended procedure for an alternator replacement on a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder. So, he…

A Hidden Battery? Watch out!

One of the trickiest parts of electrical system diagnosis is the possibility that a second battery is lurking in the system. The second battery could have a wide variety of purposes, such as functioning as an auxiliary power battery within a Stop/Start system design. But, if you don’t know it’s…

Benefits of a Diagnostic Game Plan

In these pages, we have emphasized the importance of having a diagnostic plan when it comes to resolving intermittent electrical system faults. As the experts state time and again, it saves time, money and you are far less likely to throw a part at a problem that wasn’t needed. This…

Another Battery Change Surprise

We have discussed the unexpected consequences of battery changes several times in the past. Here’s a new one on us, provided by Douglas from Miami, Florida. In this tech tip, he talks about loss of digital clock function after replacing the battery on a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche and how he…

Charging GM Vehicles Equipped with Stop-Start

We have discussed the service implications of Stop-Start Systems on several occasions, but we weren’t aware of the importance of following a key charging best practice until we saw this post from the GM diagnostic master, James from Florida. We have always stressed the importance of connecting your negative lead…

Enhanced Flooded Batteries are Here

In 2014, we upgraded our digital tester offering to address two varieties of Start-Stop batteries. The first battery type, the Start-Stop AGM battery, saw widespread use in North America starting in 2012, so it was a natural to be added to our capabilities. The second battery type, the Enhanced Flooded…

Don’t Forget the Reinstall!

Here’s a great reminder about the importance of ensuring that everything removed from the vehicle during a repair or service is reinstalled prior to sending the vehicle on its way. Glenn from Texas shares the story of a Ford F350 brought in for a no-crank complaint and a suspicious noise…