Modern Tire Dealer

MAY 2019

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M T D M a y 2 0 1 9 32 B a t t e r y T o o l U p d a t e and alerts the technician if a car requires a battery registration tool. We expect to integrate a battery registration tool into the IB Pulse by the end of 2019. Midtronics: Conductance Profiling, a patented Midtronics technology, rep- resents the latest advancement in battery diagnostics. With increased electrification in today's vehicles, batteries must do more than just start the vehicle. ey also supply power to items like infotainment systems, vehicle safety components, regenerative braking, etc. The measurement of the battery's ability to sustain these loads is called reserve capacity and traditional conductance or load testers cannot perform an analysis of the battery's reserve capacity status. Conductance Profiling is the only technology on the market today that can accurately assess the health of both a bat - tery's starting and reserve capacity abilities. IS IT TIME TO BUY A NEW TOOL? MTD asked manufacturers if there are specific types of diagnostics tools a shop must have in order to service vehicles. Bosch: New battery testers have separate testing algorithms for batteries used in start/stop vehicles. Battery testers that shops use should have capabilities to test AGM and EFB batteries, which differ from conventional flooded lead acid batteries. Existing tools will work if they have been recently updated or are equipped with the latest technology. Some of the suggested tools for bat - tery diagnostics and service include a digital battery tester featuring printout or a means to capture, store and share test results. Bosch recommends model BAT-135 tester with integrated printer or model BAT-120 Bluetooth battery tester that integrates with Bosch scan tools. Also, a scan tool with the capability to reset or relearn the ECU (engine control unit) where the vehicle is equipped with computer controlled electrical systems like those found in 2010 and newer F-150s and most vehicles from Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz. Other recommendations are a parasitic drain tester to help locate electronic vehicle components that continu- ously drain the battery, a memory saver device that provides 12-volt power to the entertainment /comfort and ride systems on vehicles to keep them live while a battery is replaced, and an anti-zap surge protector that protects sensitive electronic systems while replacing the battery. Clore: All shops should have a quality battery tester with a testing capacity that exceeds the range of battery sizes they normally encounter. It should also be optimized to accurately assess the spe- cific battery types that they are likely to encounter. It is possible that their existing tools are sufficient to meet this need. But, if their tool is dated, it is a worthwhile investment to update their equipment to improve their testing accuracy. EnerSys: Today's vehicles have a level of electronics and sophistication with complex integration that only a few years ago would have been considered a dream more than a reality. Knowledge and sophisticated diagnostic tools are a must to troubleshoot and correct operational issues with today's vehicles. Interstate: Older diagnostic tools will perform a battery test. But the older tools do not provide all that additional information and techs will have to do Google searches for battery reset instructions, for example. Battery tools a shop should have include battery reset tool, battery registration tool and a continuous power source. Midtronics: Existing conductance and load testers will continue to be successful in diagnosing a vehicle battery's ability to start the vehicle. But, based on how heavily newer vehicles rely on the 12-volt battery, they can no longer deliver a complete picture of battery health. Battery testers such as the Midtronics DSS-5000 Battery Diagnostic Service System and CPX-900 Battery and System Analyzer feature conductance profiling technology, which enables testing of both cranking and reserve capacity. TIPS TO BOOST PROFITABILITY Manufacturers suggested a number of ways for shops to improve the profitability of their battery service. ere was one tip they all agreed on: Test every vehicle. Bosch: Making battery service checks part of every shop's preventive maintenance program for their customers is a way to improve profitability. Some helpful hints/ tactics for these preventive maintenance programs include: Use a battery tester that provides a battery health report featuring battery state of charge (SOC) and state of health (% of battery estimated remaining life). Some battery testers provide an app or a means to capture and store tests elec- tronically or through cloud-based internet systems to record customers' battery life cycle through service intervals over time highlighting battery performance. is is a professional way to show a customer he or she may need a battery replacement before encountering a no-start condition. For multi-store operations, we recommend having a test solution that tracks the number of batteries and the test results performed by a store or a technician to help store operations better track battery warranty management. The Odyssey OBT2000HD battery and electrical system analyzer for commer- cial truck applications from EnerSys has patented single load, dynamic resis- tance technology for accurate results. Clore says the BA327 digital battery and system tester with integrated printer is a complete testing solution for 6- and 12-volt batteries and 12- and 24-volt charging systems. With an operating range down to 1.5V, it can accurately test discharged batteries. PHOTO COURTESY OF ENERSYS PHOTO COURTESY OF CLORE

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