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Journeys : Aug Sep 2012
Acommon problem on the roadside is a flat (discharged) batter y. There’s more to it than just a simple jump-start. I like to start with the battery tester to diagnose the fault into one of these categories: 1: Flat battery – lights left on (door ajar, accessories left on, headlights on) 2: Flat batter y – no reason, old age (failed battery) 3: Flat battery – not charging (alter nator not producing power) 4: Excessive gassing from batter y (alter nator overcharging) 5: Flat battery – faulty cell (batter y requires replacement) 6: Flat batter y – been on holidays (batter y requires recharging) 7: Loose or corroded terminals 8: Flat battery – low charge rate (faulty battery) or voltage drop in wiring 9: Flat battery – excessive current draw from the vehicle’s electrical system (further investigation required) 10: Won’t start – engine turned-over until battery flat (further investigation required) A common misconception is that because the dash lights and radio still work, the batter y must be OK. This is not correct, because the star ter motor draws about 10 times more power than the headlights. Often in this case the starter motor produces a clicking noise (insufficient voltage). In most cases a drive won’t adequately recharge a flat battery – it will need to go on an electric charger to ensure maximum battery life. Most modern batteries are maintenance-free and don’t require any servicing except to clean and tighten the terminals. All RACT patrols are equipped with the latest electronic batter y testers that will categorise your battery problem into one of the areas I have described. Jules’ Gems Regular motoring tips from RACT patrolman Julian McGarry Battery diagnosis 101 Life on the move August / September 2012 33 Convenience • FREE delivery and installation for RACT Members • We come to Members 24/7, 365 days a year • Recharge before replace policy • Environmentally friendly recycling of your old battery Value for money • Members save up to 15% of the RRP • High quality batteries built for Australian conditions • Up to 3 years nationwide replacement warranty Why choose RACT Batteries? ract.com.au | 13 11 11 BATTERIES by 6826 Get an online quote today. p33_Battery_quartPH.pdf Page 1 5/07/12, 4:21 PM
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