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Questions tagged [automotive]

An application field of electronics that requires high reliability and fail-safe systems. Application can vary widely in temperature ranges and a wide voltage range, typically 12v (or 24v) while off and higher when on.

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How to connect a device to ground using negative signal with high impedance

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I have a device that enables a ground connection when I press a key on a remote control. This negative signal used to control other ...
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Motorbike turn-signal blinker starts OFF, I want it start ON

I bought a cheap blinker that claims to be good for LED bulbs (so the frequency is independent of the load.) It is true, but it has a flaw: the lamps go ON only after about a half second from when I ...
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Circuit to supply stable 12vdc from an automotive battery to opamp rails

I've created an Automotive IO board that has digital inputs, digital outputs, analog inputs and analog outputs. Onboard I have an automotive grade regulator to convert the dirty 12vdc to a clean 3.3v ...
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High current, high frequency IC PWM switching with MOSFETs

I'm designing a circuit for an automotive application (chassis ground) that has a number of MOSFET outputs to drive large LED arrays and smaller motors (application tends to favour non inductive modes,...
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What type of crimp terminals are these?

In my vehicle, I have a 27-pin connector with Volkswagen OEM part number 8K0 972 701 (male) / 8K0 972 702 (female). Etched onto it is the TE Connectivity logo and the number 1718872-1. I am looking ...
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ADC Measurement on Automotive Circuit with Arm MCU

I'm trying to develop a circuit capable of measuring voltage on 6 different automotive pins at 12V nominal. I'm hoping to use the integrated SAADC in the nRF52832. I've done some research into ...
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Post build flashing of configuration data in embedded systems

I need to implement a mechanism by which I should be able to update the configuration data of some of the modules in a post-build fashion. To describe, consider I have the following files: ...
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How to remove flickering on car-powered LEDs?

I am powering an array of LED lights via the car alternator (the LEDs are connected to the car battery leads, but only run when the engine is on). The problem with this setup is that the natural ...
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What is the lowest voltage a 12V lead-acid battery in a car could be?

I'm trying to design a product that is powered from the 12V rail inside the car. In normal driving (engine running, electronics on etc.), what would be the minimum voltage of a low battery? Reading ...
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Why are “devices utilized exclusively in any transportation vehicle” exempted from FCC compliance testing?

I was researching whether do we need to do FCC compliance testing for a device we developed for a client. Curiously, it seems to be in the list of exemptions (passage taken from here): A digital ...
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Looking for a connector with only images to go on

I'm trying to find the connector used for my vehicle's accelerator pedal. Are there any strategies for finding connectors like this?
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What happens in the secondary winding if there's no spark plug connected?

The circuit below (minus the transformer and SCR) is used to detect the existence of a flame using the concept of flame rectification. Based on the circuit here: Pilot Light Flame Sensor I have ...
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Parasitic drain - What type of relay is this?

I am having issues with my car in that my electric window circuit appears to be taking .2A when the car is off. I have access to the wiring diagram for this circuit and there is a relay (T13) before ...
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How do I calculate expected output voltage of car audio amplifier with given conditions?

I have a 4-Channel Amplifier rated at 800 Watt RMS per channel @ 2 Ohm load. Channel 3 and 4 are preset to operate a subwoofer speaker while Ch 1 and 2 are set to operate mid-range speakers at ...
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Bulk Current Injection on CAN bus

I'm trying to understand how the Bulk current injection would look like on the CANH and CANL lines, to understand the overloading of the ESD protection diode on the CAN lines and capacitors in ...
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I want to know how to charge my 48volt battery park

I have built a solar car by myself, but I can't let my battery get fully charged. I use four 12V batteries as a 48V battery, and I use 3 solar panels. Each have 19V, 18V at early morning and dusk, and ...
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How this servomotor calibration is supposed to work at electrical level?

Here is the Wiring Diagram: I am trying to understand how this servo motor calibration process (see screenshot of BMW software) is supposed to work at electrical level. In particular: there is 2-pin ...
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How to debounce a low pulse switch for automotive lighting

Hoping you guys can give me a hand with some wiring that I can't quite figure out! Background: I'm trying to rewire a set of automotive lights - these are normally controlled by a computer but I'm ...
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In a points ignition system, should the condenser(capacitor) be attached to the coil terminal or to the breaker points

Is there any difference in the function of the circuit if the capacitor has a shorter wire path to the coil or to the points?
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Why does the MIT Racecar not use the build in ESC?

MIT has build an autonomous RC race car. They put everything on GitHub. I have a similar project and therefor build one of those for my self (Almost the same but without TX1 and Sensors). I am ...
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150 A 12 - 16 V DC Short Circuit Protection

I am powering a ROV from a 4S LiPo battery (12.0 V minimum, 16.8 V maximum). The resistance of the battery is 36 mΩ, so that a maximum current of 470 A can flow through a short-circuit. In order to ...
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Automotive 12V Analog and Digital input coupling and isolation

There are numerous questions on SE about classical automotive signal adaptation to microcontrollers. The circuit below uses a few common techniques for analog signal interfacing when a ...
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Reliability of STM HAL driver For Safety Critical Application

I'm working on a project which must be used in an automotive application and act as a node into the multiplex CAN-BUS network. There are number of I/O that must be actuated and some of them had a ...
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Why are automotive connectors and wires so big?

Cars and motorcycles have many electronic sensors which are small. But it seems they are all connected with big connectors and at least 22AWG wires. Why? I would think 30AWG wires and tiny connectors ...
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Switching between two connections - adding LEDs to car reversing light circuit

I am doing a DIY project on my car and need some help. I have 2 LED COB on the back of the car, which is to be used for 2 different things: If I put the car into reverse gear, then the LED comes on ...
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Cycle time / transmission cycle in short range automotive radar

I am somewhat newbie in the radar field. I am reading SRR20X-datasheet from Continental. I have two question. What are definitions of Cycle time/transmission cycle (second page)? And in the document,...
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Operating relay above coil voltage

I want to power some accessories in my car using illuminated switches on the dashboard. These switches will be wired to the dash illumination circuit, which is normally 12V but can drop as low as 6V ...
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Override One Lamp in a Four-Lamp Circuit Using Transistor?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I have a circuit of 4 light bulbs, with single switch on the positive terminal that will turn all the 4 bulbs at once. EDIT: Light ...
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Best way to shift automotive logic to Arduino TTL

My vehicle ignition switch voltage is 9V when the vehicle is not running. It is 6V when button is pressed. I need a way to convert this to TTL Arduino digital logic levels. I thought I could use a ...
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Interference on car bluetooth system

I just did some work on my car audio system and am having some problems with interference. I added a bluetooth receiver and wired it directly to my stereo cd player input. The receiver is powered from ...
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How to calculate bus load of CAN bus?

I have a few questions regarding CAN bus load Is there any derived equation/formula to calculate the bus load? I need transmit below frames(Assume Standard frame format) at baud rate 500 kbps on the ...
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Simple circuit to sense current drop and apply current to a separate circuit? Trouble with backup dashcam triggering from taillight

Sorry I have very little knowledge of EE but I feel like there must be a simple solution to this. I purchased a mirror dashcam with backup camera function. Backup camera is supposed to be triggered ...
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Connecting the secondary side of ignition coil to earth

I have an ignition system used for some application. During the testing I found that spark plug is producing EMI due to spark occurrence and high voltage is traveling through the wire. So to ...
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Questions on CAN bit stuffing

I am new to the CAN. I have came across bit stuffing which is used to ensure that all receivers nodes are synchronized to transmitter node (After 5 bits of the same polarity, CAN will add a bit ...
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Battery free TPMS

I am doing a report about wireless TPMS, and I heard about products where the sensors in the valves do not need batteries at all (operate and transmit the data). Is that correct?? have you encountered ...
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Variable Current Draw from motor for torque control [closed]

I am building an electric go-kart. I would like to use regenerative braking. I would like to have a brake pedal that controls the amount of torque (slowing the motor and wheels down) that the back emf ...
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DIY Aux In connection to car stereo JVC KD-G151

I would like to connect my phone via jack cable (aux in) to my car stereo, which has no aux input (brand: JVC KD-G151). It is a CD player, so i wrote a silent disk to operate the cd player, and tried ...
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Count car weels without using visible light (camera/laser etc) and without interaction [closed]

For this project we need to count weels of a car (if possible at all), one side only. The scenario is within the following scope: The car is always passing in a straight line It is cars only, so all ...
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Choosing an Automotive Fuse with ISO 7637-2 (Pulse #1 24v system) in mind … -600v Transient

In designing a input power protection circuit in an automotive application with a 24V power bus, how does one deal with the -600V transient described in ISO 7637-2 Pulse #1: In particular, I'm ...
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Automotive connectors for interior use

I have a custom fuel injection project. Rather than place the electronics under the hood, I intend to have the ECU mounted inside the vehicle. This brings up some questions. First, is a sealed ...
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Identifying VW head-unit connector types

I've kind of been on a long quest to build an embedded system for working with the head unit of my '04 VW Golf. Others have done some work to detail pin-outs and write source code to send signals to ...
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Automotive load dump protection with TVS diodes

In this marketing material by Littlefuse they explain how to use e.g. their TPSMA6L TVS diode for automotive load dump protection: TVS Diodes can provide secondary transient voltage protection ...
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Alternator current when charging flat battery

I've found some voltage-current-rpm graphs for car alternators and did not quite understand one thing. Basically, my alternator is rated at 75A (small car), which it should output above 2000 RPM or so....
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Sensor damage, ground loop or something else?

We are testing an capacitive fuel level sensor in field. Its mounted on top of a heavy construction vehicle (colmar) with a 24v battery system. Our sensor runs for few weeks and damages. Every time a ...
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Automotive power steering unit connector identification

I would like to request some help to identify the following connector (at least the manufacturer and connector family type): located inside the Toyota Camry 2018 Hybrid Power Steering Rack Pinion (...
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I need help to solve my melting switch problem [closed]

I have used a 20A 12VDC switch which by-passes my air-conditioning climate switch in the car which is not functioning, and yes... The 20A melted. My car battery is 12V. I have a glass fuse installed ...
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Drive 12v 40a relay with peak 3.3v pulse

I bought a Viper 5806v keyless entry/alarm for my car recently. My car uses a reverse polarity mechanism for door locks. It is not nessacery to install like this, just shorting the lock/unlock wire to ...
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12v relay latching until no power [duplicate]

So I'm awaiting to wire in one or two relays so that a circuit is not powered until a push button is pressed. Then the circuit remains powered until total power is turned off. I've been trying to ...
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Powering dual 5VDC, 2.4A USB ports via a switch in vehicle

I have an illuminated 2 port usb charger that plugs into a cigarette lighter/accessory socket in a car. The face of the charger is flat and sits flush when inserted into the cigarette lighter/...
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UDS message (OBD related)

I write this question to try to understand how these automotive standards interface in the 7 level of the OSI Model. If my vehicle implements both, then in level 7 of the communication, each message (...