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Monthly Archives: February 2019

ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems)

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is becoming ubiquitous in today’s vehicles, providing a tremendous safety and convenience benefit.  ADAS has also been proven to be a significant safety concern if not repaired correctly.  We have been studying these systems and have gone through extensive training in order to service and repair these new technologies.    We have known that aftermarket parts may visually look the same as original equipment but are definitely not constructed the same as the original dealer parts.  These aftermarket parts when combined with an ADAS system on a vehicle have created compromises in emergency braking; lane departure warnings; dynamic cruise control; and blind spot detection.  Also, there are specialized techniques and guidelines that need to be observed when repairing a vehicle to make sure your ADAS system will function properly when you need it most.    Replacing a windshield that houses a forward-f ... read more

Hybrid Battery Rejuvenation

What causes hybrid batteries to degrade and fail? Eventually all batteries will fail. Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) NiMh batteries have a life cycle. When the hybrid battery does not last as long as the rest of the vehicle, replacing it costs several thousand dollars and creates hazardous environmental waste. Delaying battery failure beyond the service life of the vehicle will reduce the negative environmental impact of hybrid vehicle ownership and save the vehicle owner thousands of dollars.   There are three major phases of hybrid battery lifespan. Usable capacity and performance decreasing as the battery ages:     Typically begins: Typically ends: Phase 1: Healthy hybrid battery New Vehicle 3-6 years Phase 2: Weakened/weakening hybrid battery 3-6 years 5-11 years Phase 3: "Failed" hybrid battery (DTC code present) 5-11 years   Each hybrid battery 'pack' is comprised of many indi ... read more

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