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START-STOP, POWER ON GS BATTERIES sheds light on vehicles with Start-Stop technology, how their batteries differ from traditional standard ignition vehicles and the business opportunities for factors. Replacing the battery on a modern vehicle is no longer a straightforward, fit-and-forget task. On vehicles with Start-Stop technology, battery replacement can be complex and time consuming. Several key differences between these and traditional standard ignition vehicles should be noted: BATTERY SPECIFICATION For vehicles with advanced technology it is essential that the battery is replaced with one of the correct specification. If a vehicle is fitted with an AGM Start-Stop battery, then the replacement must also be AGM Start-Stop. The same applies to EFB equipped vehicles. GS ONLINE BATTERY LOOKUP Alongside its extensive range of Original Equipment (OE) quality AGM and EFB batteries, GS provides a number of easy-to use tools to make the entire replacement process much easier. Saving workshops valuable time and money. The GS online battery lookup system can be accessed by visiting batterylookup.gs-battery.com. Users can then search for the right battery for a whole range of car, light van and commercial vehicle applications by simply entering the registration number or VIN/Chassis no. They can also search by make/model. Unlike standard ignition vehicles, it is not possible to replace the battery with a lower capacity model. Although this would physically fit, it would cause serious problems. BATTERY LOCATION On many new vehicles today, the battery is not fitted under the bonnet and locating it can take time. The replacement process can also be extremely time consuming as the removal of trim panels and even seats may be required. For some high-end BMW and Audi models replacing the battery can require up to an hour and a half of work. The system will then identify the correct battery and also show important details including estimated fitting time, battery and OBD location, technical data sheets and battery replacement procedures. This enables workshops to price accordingly and also save valuable time spent on the job. BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND BATTERY VALIDATION Battery validation is rapidly becoming a mandatory requirement as part of the procedure for battery replacement. Most modern vehicles come fitted with a Battery Management System (BMS). This must be reset through the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port to tell the vehicle when the battery has been replaced. The BMS monitors the battery throughout its service life to maintain optimum charge efficiency ensuring the operation of the Start-Stop system. Failure to fit the correct battery or reset the BMS can cause serious issues such as battery failure, in-car error messages, non-critical vehicle system shut-down and even complete loss of Start-Stop functionality. Most diagnostic platforms within the workshop are equipped with the capability to validate new batteries to vehicles. Alternatively, the GS Yu-Fit Battery Configurator offers an easy to use handheld solution. 16 BATTERY TECHNOLOGY GS YU-FIT BATTERY CONFIGURATOR With a robust design and simple operation, the Yu-Fit offers great value for money and is one of the most user-friendly diagnostic tools on the market. Although garages may already own diagnostic equipment capable of this, to have such a centrally important tool tied up on a relatively straightforward task is not ideal. The GS Yu-Fit Battery Configurator is available via the F:Drive on \[X\VUQU H[[Hو]\Y\\][YYۈPSH]]][H]KX\HXZ[\[œ\\[]]H܈[ܙH[ܛX][ۋUSUTQH