Self Study Program 504 – Vehicle Batteries
VAG SSP 504. This Self-study Programme contains the relevant basic knowledge about vehicle batteries and provides important information on the correct, service-oriented handling of batteries.
To “get the engine running” in a passenger vehicle, the engine first needs to be started.
The era in which drivers used their energy by starting the engine with a crank is long since gone – for good. Nowadays, this strenuous task is “easily” accomplished by any vehicle battery (starter battery).
The vehicle battery – an integral and indispensable part of every passenger vehicle – ensures that:
1. the engine starts
2. electrical energy is available in every load situation
3. excess electrical energy is stored – and is fed back into the system when required.
As one of the most important electronic components, the vehicle battery forms a focal point in each and every vehicle. There are good reasons why it is often referred to as the “heart of the vehicle”.
A vehicle battery should always perform its tasks in the vehicle flawlessly.
Appropriate handling of the battery is therefore particularly important.
- Historical details
- Batteries yesterday, today and tomorrow
- The basics
- Battery design
- Sulphuric acid
- Charging and discharging processes
- Technical variables and terms
- Battery types
- Wet batteries
- Good value batteries (economy batteries)
- Enhanced flooded batteries (EFB)
- Absorbent glass mat batteries (AGM batteries)
- VOLKSWAGEN batteries
- Effects on energy management
- Vehicle electrical system concepts
- Battery and alternator interaction
- Discharge and temperature response
- Battery check
- Charging the battery
- Jump starting
- Battery – operation
- Infosheet on handling starter batteries
- Dangers when handling batteries
- Test your knowledge
The self-study programme describes the design and function of new developments.
The contents will not be updated.
For current testing, adjustment and repair instructions, refer to the relevant service literature.