Following the launch of its ONE BOX start-stop battery testing and installation solution, ECOBAT Battery Technologies (ECOBAT) has released a free start-stop battery training, assessment and certification.
The first element will consist of a YouTube video, hosted by ECOBAT’s very own Christopher Jones. The video will provide viewers with a step-by-step guide that takes them through the assessment, removal, replacement and validation processes and introduces them to the four parts that make up the ONE BOX package.
Once they have viewed the video, technicians will be able to undertake the online assessment which covers not just the removal and installation process, but information concerning the battery and the start-stop system, to discover whether they have achieved the necessary score to have passed.
Due to the importance of following the correct procedure, the assessment is said to have a low margin for error, but provided the technician has demonstrated they have understood and crucially, can replicate the process, they will pass and can move onto certification.
By visiting the ECOBAT website the successful applicant will then able to download their certificate in a choice of branded Lucas, Numax or multiple (joint Exide/Lucas/Numax/VARTA) or non-aligned formats.
The Video in Detail
The donor vehicle for the video demonstration is a 2011 VW Passat BlueMotion Tech diesel and the first step will be to carry out an assessment of the condition of the battery, for which Chris uses the ECOBAT EBT780 battery test tool. This piece of equipment reportedly allows users to understand the true condition of the battery and as the onscreen result can be printed and given to the owner, it’s said to be easy to demonstrate whether it needs to be replaced or is still fit for purpose.
Battery testing is a principle that ECOBAT recommends technicians conduct on every vehicle that enters the workshop because battery related issues are still the most common cause of vehicle breakdown. Therefore, irrespective of what the vehicle is originally booked in for or whether it is or isn’t equipped with a start-stop function, testing provides an instant sales opportunity.
If the battery has failed the test and needs to be replaced, then the next tools required from the ONE BOX kit are the charger and the OBD port connector lead. Together they provide a supply feed of power to the vehicle’s electrical systems when the battery is disconnected and removed, and ensures that any memory functions are not lost or have to be re-entered at the conclusion of the work.
Naturally, whether the vehicle is fitted with a start-stop system, which will require either an absorbent glass mat (AGM) or enhanced flooded battery (EFB), or is designed for a traditional SLI (starter, lights and ignition) version, identifying the correct replacement for the application is said to be paramount. In order to do so, technicians will need to enter the vehicle’s registration number into the ECOBAT battery finder and the appropriate battery from VARTA, Lucas or Numax will be shown, along with its fitting times and installation instructions.
Once the supply feed has been established, removal of the battery begins by disconnecting the lead to the negative terminal, followed by the positive, whereas installation of the replacement starts first with the connection of the positive lead and then the negative.
Although some start-stop equipped vehicles are fitted with a self-diagnosing system and do not require the replacement AGM or EFB battery to be validated, many popular vehicles from 24 manufacturers do, which is where the final tool in the ONE BOX package, the EBT420 validation tool, comes into play.
With the new battery installed, the charger and OBD connector can be removed and the EBT420 validation tool plugged into the OBD port to begin introducing the new battery into the vehicle’s battery management system and returning the charging algorithms to their default settings, as well as turning off the dashboard warning lights. Here, the tool does the work because after inputting the brand and part number, the technician will be led through a series of screens with each step needing to be authorised to ensure the system is correctly set and the battery performs as it should.