Auto Service Professional

DEC 2018

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34 A S P D e c e m b e r 2 018 P u s h B u t t o n S t a r t netic interference (EMI) and improper shielding, the original manufactured-installed components will be compromised. e moral of this story is to make sure you check or ask the customer if there are any aer- market devices installed on the vehicle you are working on. Also check for any service bulletins on the use of aermarket components as well. Most of the push button start systems have a conventional metal key that's usually located on the key fob. at metal key will allow you to access the vehicle for entry in case the vehicle's door lock system fails or a complete electrical system failure occurs. ere are a few vehicle types that will allow you to remove the push button itself and insert a metal key in the ignition like the 2012 Jeep Cher- okee. e start stop button can be removed and the fob with Integrated Key or key fobik can be used in its place, in a similar manner to a con- ventional key. is is just one type of system that is destined to visit your shop. ere are other components associated with these systems that I didn't cover in this article. As with any system you work on, make sure you take the time to understand how the system operates. It is extremely important that you have the correct information to tackle these systems and have the correct tools to do the job as efficiently and accurately as you can. ere is a wealth of information out there and it's pretty much at your fingertips. True, you might not see a vehicle like this 2019 Chevrolet Traverse any time soon, but the push button start technology has been around for a while now. Working in today's service bay can create all kinds of challenges. Are you up for the chal- lenge? Its only a push button start away. ■ Edwin Hazzard owns South East Mobile Tech in Charleston, S.C., which is a mobile diagnostic and programming service providing technical service to many automotive and body repair shops. He has 35 years' experience in the automotive industry. He currently is an automotive trainer, a board member of TST (Technician Service Training), a member of the MDG (Mobile Diagnostic Group), a member of the Professional Tool and Equipment advisory board for Pten magazine, a committee member of Nastaf, and is a beta tester for multiple tool makers. Figure 8: The Chevy Traverse PDC is located above the battery and is equipped with high amp fuses. Figure 9: The front PDC is located on the left front inner fender, with another PDC in the rear, behind the left rear inner trim panel.

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