During the Covid-19 crisis you will be dealing with such challenging situations, and it’s likely that your fleet vehicles will have been sitting stationary for weeks, if not months. During downtime the health of your fleets’ batteries will be heavily discharged, and now is the time to action against deteriorating battery health before solutions becoming extremely costly.
Rotronics supplies, services and repairs battery diagnostic technology to many emergency services, breakdown organisations, distribution services and public transport operators amongst many other key sectors.
We work hard to keep vehicles in optimal working order through supplying workshops with battery management maintenance programmes, using the very latest in diagnostic and charging technologies.
When speaking to many of our customers, we are finding a common trend – fleet managers are looking for advice on how exactly they are to best maintain vehicle/s battery health during this unprecedented down-time, during the Covid-19 outbreak. Emergency service operator are asking how to keep their fleet in optimal condition 24/7 as breakdowns are simply not an option. Fleets delivering essential goods or working within other key sectors cannot risk breakdowns during this period and understand battery failure is the most common reason for failure. Those with fleets experiencing significant down-time need to ensure their vehicles are ready for use with short notice. Our expert team have pulled together some handy tips and reasons on why it’s imperative to keep your battery health in optimum condition.
Tips for battery maintenance for all commercial vehicle workshops
Keep maintenance to a minimum if you have reduced resources, do the things you must do.
*A parasitic drain could be; unnecessarily loads left on, master switches, internal lights, security cameras, ticket machines, all lighting etc
Reasons to Keep your batteries in a healthy SOC (State of Charge)
Prior to Covid-19, during routine battery testing of 2.4 million vehicles, 35% of batteries required attention. Staggeringly, that figure has now jumped to 43% to those tests carried out since the implementation of the UK lock-down.
Keeping the battery in a healthy SOC will increase the operating life of your battery, and will ensure vehicles will start.
What is deemed as ‘vital care’ for your fleet?
Check your equipment
Something that is often overlooked, or seen as an inconvenient, but regularly checking your equipment is vital to ensure you have the suitable equipment to carry out diagnostics.
A couple of questions to keep in mind during your inspections:
Do you work in the Emergency Services?
If so, then you will already be aware of the fact that emergency vehicles are unique in the way that vehicles are used, as they will often have extreme battery demands with engine off-loads being applied constantly.
With the high demand required of emergency service applications, we no longer just want to measure the starting capacity of these batteries, but more importantly, we want to see how they can perform under high demand and loads. We therefore need to measure the reserve capacity of these batteries.
We suggest using the DCA 8000 has been engineered to measure three fundamental components of an individual 12V battery’s performance:
Tips on Good housekeeping: Service and Repair
Some key questions to ask yourself to ensure the quality of your servicing and repairs include:
Rotronics can repair and service all Midtronics and Professional (7 amps and above) CTEK diagnostic testing platforms and chargers. If you need help, please contact us on https://www.rotronicsbms.com/technical-support-and-service/service-and-repair/
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