At 53%, electrical problems are the single biggest cause of breakdowns, according to the latest figures from Europe s largest roadside breakdown service. In Germany alone, over 640,000 call-outs per year are due to a defective or discharged battery. If the driver is away from home or desperate to get started, it results in a costly battery replacement on the spot.
In many cases, issues with an aging or neglected battery can be picked up during a service through a routine battery test. Sometimes a simple charge with a good battery charger is all that is required, but if the battery needs to be replaced, it is far better done in the workshop. The inconvenience of a breakdown is avoided, the risk of losing valuable information from the on- board computer is reduced, and the workshop makes the sale.
A shorter than expected battery life is often the result of short- distance driving or the use of too many electrical devices. Storage, handling, loose fitting and the environment can all have a negative effect on the battery. Occasionally a faulty alternator can take its toll on the battery. Regular testing of both battery and starter/alternator avoids most unexpected car breakdowns.
More than 50% of all breakdowns are due to the vehicle s general electrical system. Battery failure is by far the most common cause that can be greatly reduced with regular battery tests.
PRODUCT LIFE AND PERFORMANCE
Most common cause of breakdown
11% Other Electrical: Alternator, Starter, Lighting
17% Engine Management (Injection, Ignition, Sensors)
15% Bodywork, Steering, Brakes, Chassis, Drive, etc.
4% Fuel System
2% Cooling, Heating, Air
1% Exhaust system,Particulate filter, Catalyst Source: ADAC Breakdown Statistics for Germany 2019
EXIDE EBT965P NEXT-GENERATION ELECTRONIC BATTERY TESTER
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