Articles and videos related to automotive starting and charging training, diagnosis and technical issues. Section covers batteries, serpentine belts and tensioners, alternators and starters and decoupler pulleys including OAP and OAD.

Troubleshooting the Alternator

The following alternator information has been created as a guide for charging system diagnosis and troubleshooting the alternator.


Driving Technology: Improved Battery Output

Batteries have gotten much more powerful in the last 20 years. Still, batteries are too big to be an efficient way to store power for an automobile. So the quest to shrink batteries carries on.


Batteries Charge Ahead

Most vehicle batteries need to be replaced three or four times during their lifetime. Average battery life is about four years, and less in hot climates. For maximum life, batteries must be fully charged and not left discharged for long.

Article courtesy of counterman.com

Testing Automotive Batteries and Starters

Understanding battery ratings and charging procedures is a big part in the testing of a faulty battery. If a battery isn’t prepared properly, it can end up failing all sorts of tests even if it’s still a good battery.

Article courtesy of brakeandfrontend.com

Hybrid Battery Replacement

Independent repair shop can now service and replace hybrid batteries in vehicles. Learn more about this program in this video brought to you by Dorman.


Toyota Prius Gen 1 Hybrid Battery Installation

A look at the proper hybrid battery installation on a Toyota Prius Gen 1 vehicle.


Toyota Prius Gen 2 Hybrid Battery Installation

A look at the proper hybrid battery installation on a Toyota Prius Gen 2 vehicle.


Honda Civic Gen 1 Hybrid Battery Installation

A look at the proper hybrid battery installation on a Honda Civic Gen 1 vehicle.


Honda Civic Gen 2 Hybrid Battery Installation

A look at the proper hybrid battery installation on a Honda Civic Gen 2 vehicle.


Test Alternators Before You Replace Them

Most of the alternators that are returned under warranty have nothing wrong with them whatsoever, which is why you need to test before you replace.


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