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Start-Stop Systems

Start-Stop idle systems are increasingly prevalent in today’s vehicles. As one of our referenced articles noted, 2015 was a tipping point for these systems in North America. By 2015, almost every vehicle manufacturer featured at least one model equipped with Start-Stop technology. Plus, in 2015,

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The Evolution of the Automotive Battery

One of the components of the modern vehicle that has seen dramatic change in the last two decades is the automotive battery. At Clore, we often say that the vehicle battery has changed more in the last 12 years than the prior 60 years. With

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Alternators, Starters and PCMs, Oh My!

Diagnosing starting and charging problems has never been easy and, in fact, seems to be getting more difficult every day. As these systems increase in complexity, getting to the root problem of a customer concern takes an increasing amount of time, requires greater knowledge of

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Battery Management: What’s the Right Approach for You?

Battery management and maintenance charging is a common topic on our tech support channels. We get multiple calls, emails and other inquiries per week on this topic. As batteries and battery-powered conveniences multiply in our lives, the issue of battery management becomes more and more

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Revisiting the ABCs of AGM Batteries

We have written about AGM batteries on several occasions in the past. In those instances, we have presented the case for why AGM batteries are becoming more popular, the specific requirements related to diagnosing and servicing them, and suggested that service facilities invest in the

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Is it a Communication Issue, Electrical Issue or Both?

Vehicle electrical systems incorporate complex communication systems that allow the many components of the system, as well as the modules that control them, to work together. These systems impact component function and control, which can result in what appears to be a faulty component stemming

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Understanding the System Spells Successful Diagnosis

One of the recurring themes of the articles we have published over the past several years is the growing complexity of today’s electrical systems and the need to understand the specifics of the system in the vehicle you are diagnosing. Most of the old assumptions,

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The Need for Clean Power During On-Vehicle Repairs

By Albin Moore This month, we feature a guest article, written by Mr. Albin Moore. Mr. Moore is owner of Big Wrench Repair, an ASE CMAT L1 technician, a frequent contributor to industry publications and forums and has 40 years of experience analyzing and fixing mechanical

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Will Cold Weather Spell Opportunity for Your Shop?

As we looked at the weather channel today, the headline read “Weekend Snowmaker,” and showed an expected storm about 800 miles wide. Like it or not, it appears fall is coming to an end. That means lower temps, snow and rough weather for batteries and the

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