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Battery, Charging & Starting Systems: Prep For The ASE P2 Test

ASE P2 certification shows that as a parts pro, you’re at the top of your profession and not only can look up parts quickly and accurately, but also understand customer relations, sales and management best practices.

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Becoming a parts superstar doesn’t happen overnight. However, one of the best ways to distinguish yourself is by earning the ASE P2 Automobile Parts Specialist certification.

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ASE P2 certification shows that as a parts pro, you’re at the top of your profession and not only can look up parts quickly and accurately, but also understand customer relations, sales and management best practices.

The October issue of Counterman includes our annual ASE P2 Test Primer. Here are the practice questions for Battery, Charging & Starting Systems. The answers are at the bottom of the page.

1. The charging component in the illustration (top of the page) is an alternator with: 

a. an idler pulley.

b. a decoupler pulley.

c. a standard pulley.

d. an A/C pulley.

2. The “group” designation on a battery refers to the:

a. length of the warranty on the battery.

b. amp rating of the battery.

c. dimensions of the battery and its post

configuration.

d. voltage rating of the battery. 

3. Parts specialist A says that some import vehicles with idle stop/start systems have two 12-volt batteries. Parts specialist B says that a conventional wet-cell lead-acid battery usually will outlast an AGM battery. Who is right? 

a. Parts specialist A only

b. Parts specialist B only

c. Both A and B

d. Neither A nor B 

4. Which statement is TRUE about batteries?

a. Batteries are “dry charged” from the factory.

b. The “CCA” rating on a battery is its reserve capacity.

c. The newest batteries are sold first.

d. Batteries do not need charged before installation.

5. Any of these prevent an alternator from charging normally EXCEPT:

a. worn shaft bushings.

b. loose or corroded wiring harness connections.

c. worn brushes.

d. defective diode trio (rectifier assembly). 

6. Checking alternator output on a bench tester:

a. increases the risk of warranty returns and comebacks.

b. measures the voltage and amp output of the alternator.

c. improves the condition of the alternator.

d. may short-circuit the voltage regulator.

7. Parts specialist A says that marine batteries can be deeply discharged and recharged many times. Parts specialist B says that a marine battery is designed to provide more cranking amps than a regular car battery. Who is right? 

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a. Parts specialist A only

b. Parts specialist B only

c. Both A and B

d. Neither A nor B

8. Parts specialist A says that replacing an alternator decoupler pulley with a standard pulley can cause excessive belt flutter. Parts specialist B says that replacing a decoupler pulley with a standard pulley can cause a belt tensioner to fail. Who is right?

a. Parts specialist A only

b. Parts specialist B only

c. Both A and B

d. Neither A nor B

Answers

1.b 2.c 3.a 4.a 5.a 6.b 7.a 8.c

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