The Three Musketeers – The Battery/Starting/Charging Systems And How They Relate To Each Other

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Over 90% of all new cars sold today use “Start Stop” technology to reduce fuel consumption and, as a result, emissions, and Greenhouse gasses. But this system puts a tremendous strain on the battery, especially in urban areas. The conventional lead acid battery can’t handle the job so the AGM, EFB and now lithium-ion batteries are being used in its place. And what about the loads placed on the starter motor? Is that doing to reduce the starter’s longevity?

Replenishing the energy expended in the starting process falls on the shoulders of the charging system. But even then, the engineers must be concerned about the impact the charging system has on fuel economy and emissions. It can be a hard balancing act to maintain and when something goes wrong, the problems can ripple outward and effect other systems on the vehicle.

All this and more will be covered in our webinar, featuring Duralast. Watch now on-demand!


Pete Meier has been in the automotive aftermarket for 50 years, starting as a service station attendant while in high school. He’s earned ASE Master Automotive certification, has wrenched on just about everything that runs on gasoline, taught in both private and public vocational schools, trained technicians at regional and national events, and served as the technical editor for Motor Age magazine and later as the EBM Director of Digital Content. During his tenure at Motor Age, he led the publication into the Internet age and was the first to bring an industry trade publication to social media and created the Motor Age YouTube channel, now with over 109,000 subscribers. He was also the first in the industry, in partnership with TST, to host “live” training webinars in a shop atmosphere, making online training as close to a “hands-on” experience as possible. Today, he is the Training Manager (Social Content) for Dorman Products and is excited about the opportunity to bring even more resources to our industry’s working men and women, to help them face the challenges of today’s (and tomorrow’s) technologies and to continue his personal quest to “advance the automotive service professional.


Founder/President of Technicians Service Training (TST), G. Jerry Truglia has extensive experience in the automotive field as a technician, service manager, shop owner and technical writer. He is a senior curriculum developer who provides training programs for automotive and truck inspection and repair programs. He has provided on-board diagnostic system, OBDII and automotive training all over the country. He is the owner, curriculum developer and instructor for Automotive Technician Training Services (ATTS) in Mahopac, N.Y.


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