“Every system on the vehicle has undergone a technological transformation – including the fundamental battery and charging system. The higher demands of “Start-Stop” technology, the advances in charging system strategies, and the introduction of new battery designs all require today’s shop owner and technician to be up-to-date on diagnostic and service techniques.
This month, we take a dive into three critical areas of change related to the repair and maintenance of vehicle starting and charging systems: module reprogramming, ADAS system repair and recalibration, and Start-Stop systems. Each of these areas are evolving quickly and all have major impacts to the equipment needed by today’s shops to achieve successful repairs. Keeping up isn’t easy, nor is it cheap.
For those of us who own and drive cars and other vehicles, winter can be a really difficult time. Getting around becomes more problematic, as road conditions worsen. Cold temperatures can sap battery life, in addition to making engines more difficult to start. Putting seasonal vehicles away for the winter is a huge hassle and often results in dead batteries the follow spring. But, with a few relatively easy steps, these problems can be reduced or eliminated, making your winter mostly worry free.