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Sort Out the Many Jump Starting Options

Over the last five years, the number and variety of jump starting options has expanded amazingly. Choices have proliferated. Lithium… Ultracapacitor… Lead Acid… the number of options when it comes to the power supply inside the jump starter have never been so numerous. That’s great

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Charging System Diagnostic Resources

Photo by Jason Young This month, we return to alternator/charging system diagnosis, a topic that seems to get more difficult with each successive model year. We have addressed this topic in several articles over the last few years, including this guest article from our friend and

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Getting the Most from Your Jump Starter

Editor’s Note: We are revisiting the most popular article among all the articles we have published on this blog. It is also one of the most useful article we have ever published. This time of year, we have many, many new newsletter recipients who have

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Avoiding Diagnostic Rabbit Holes

Electrical and electronic faults often pose unique diagnostic challenges in that they seldom present themselves in a clear cut manner that points to an obvious solution. Instead, the symptoms are often contradictory and point in several directions, leading to real diagnostic dilemmas. The consensus is

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Diagnostic Dive: Immobilizer Systems

We have delved into many aspects of vehicle electrical systems and electrical/electronic diagnosis over the years, but, thus far, we have never specifically addressed the challenges posed by immobilizer system issues, how to diagnose them and the steps to take to resolve them. In this

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Sorting Out Intermittent Faults

Whether in trade publications, on iATN or other forums or at trade shows, it seems there are few challenges as vexing as intermittent faults. They present difficult diagnostic situations, often become a major time suck, result in a higher incidence of comebacks and can lead

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Grasping Ground Side Concepts

A common thread found in most electrical troubleshooting and diagnostic articles is a stress on the need for good ground connections and the impact poor ground connections can have on circuit/component performance. Based on the frequency with which this issue is addressed, it is reasonable

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Focus on CAN Diagnostics

Several months ago, we featured our first article that addressed CAN network diagnosis. We received a large amount of feedback on that one, so we thought we would provide additional resources related to diagnosing and troubleshooting vehicle communication issues. As always, we have turned to some

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