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Manufactured from maintenance-free rolled lead/calcium alloy grids, vehicle batteries use a polyethylene separator to insulate between the positive and negative grids. They are manufactured using 100% recyclable materials. The battery’s capacity, expressed in Ah (ampere-hours), is designed to supply the energy required to start the car, even in extreme climate conditions. An original battery ensures increased reliability, driving peace of mind and improved safety for everyone on-board. Taking care of your battery and ensuring regular checks can avoid unpleasant surprises: a need for roadside assistance is most commonly caused by faults in the ignition system, including failure to start.
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To protect our environment, European legislation is committed to reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, in order to achieve the challenging target values of 130 g/km fixed for 2015.
For the sixth year running, Fiat has achieved first place in Europe for its reduction in CO2 emissions, with a level of 119.8 g/km.Fiat has been helped to hit these targets with the introduction of Start&Stop technology, the system that automatically stops the engine every time the vehicle comes to a standstill and restarts it when you resume driving.
The benefits of this system lie in the reduction of CO2 emissions and the saving of fuel, both in congested traffic and during repeated stops at traffic lights. In typical urban use, fuel consumption may be reduced by up to 10%.
The differences between traditional batteries and Start Stop batteries are substantial.
Start Stop systems are fitted with sensors which continuously monitor the battery status and send signals to a control unit which, in real time, decides whether or not to activate the system. When the vehicle is stopped, the engine and the alternator switch off, but the battery must power the electrical devices such as the lights, the windows, the radio and the hazard lights.
If the battery cannot withstand the stress of frequent stopping, the system does not activate and battery functionality is reduced by 50%. Start Stop activates half of the amount of times it should, with a direct effect on consumption.
Start Stop batteries must allow for 15-20 times more start-ups than standard batteries, and this is made possible by the optimisation of the plate assembly: the thickness and the number of plates are designed to offer the optimum balance of power and cycling.
The advanced engineering of the battery is crucial if we are to make the most of the Start Stop technology: when replacing your battery, just like for original equipment, be sure to choose only Mopar®.
As we reach winter or the colder temperatures approach, a weak battery may not provide sufficient energy to start a cold engine.
The best preventive measure is to carry out a check of the battery and recharging system every year, in order to ensure full efficiency during winter. Any Fiat Authorised Dealership or Service Centre can check the efficiency of your battery through the diagnosis socket.
If you need to replace the battery on a vehicle fitted with Start Stop technology, we recommend that you follow the instructions in the owner handbook exactly.
Start Stop batteries have been developed and certified to withstand an increased number of start-ups compared to a standard battery.
Powering electrical devices with the engine switched off requires more frequent charging compared to standard applications and needs a greater electrical current during recharging; to restore the correct charge status and activate the Start Stop quickly, a higher charge acceptance is required. The active positive and negative materials in original Start Stop batteries are optimised to increase overall charge acceptance.
Vehicles with Start Stop are fitted with an IBS (Intelligent Battery Sensor) integrated with the battery, which assesses the charge status and health of the battery. These two parameters guide the Start Stop system in the activation and deactivation of the function.
The IBS has an internal map linked to the specific Start Stop battery assembled as original equipment: using a different battery may lead to false readings and incorrect estimations of the aforementioned parameters, affecting the Start Stop strategies in the vehicle's electronics.
It is therefore recommended that you replace Start Stop batteries using original spare parts with the same technical characteristics as the initial system.
If you begin to have difficulty starting your vehicle, it may be necessary to replace the battery, because a battery near to the end of its life cycle may no longer be capable of accumulating the energy produced by the alternator.To extend your battery life:
Battery fluid is extremely poisonous and corrosive. Always have your battery replaced by the team of professionals at Fiat's Authorised Service Centres, fully equipped for the disposal of your old battery in total respect for the environment.
The first indicator is the battery symbol warning light which flashes when the engine is running, especially upon acceleration with the engine in neutral. When the vehicle is in motion, the indicators and lights will start to operate with anomalies, until the engine is switched off.The car will struggle to start and there will be electrical component anomalies.