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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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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 (...
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Autofeel light bar mod [duplicate]

I purchased an Autofeel 30 inch light bar that has 4 rows of LEDs. I have seen this bar advertised under a number of different names, but as far as I know it's the only one with 4 rows of LEDs (they ...
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Why don't electric car manufacturers use multiple chargers to handle high current charging?

I just read an article describing the multiple problems which occur when you're trying to increase the electric current transmitted through an cable to charge the battery of an electric car. These ...
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Delay timer for car bar light to stop mode cycling

I just brought a bar light for my vehicle. My problem is the light has 4 modes (white, white flashing , yellow, yellow flashing) and the modes are triggered by turning the light off then on in less ...
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CAN transceiver - resistor on TXD,RXD lines

could someone please tell me why series resistors are used on the TXD, RXD lines of a CAN transceiver while interfacing it with a microcontroller. I've read a few application notes where they suggest ...
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OBDII Car-Hacking

Can I implement an OBD-II scanner using an ATMEGA328P in place of the ELM 327? Preferably read some diagnostics code and upload that data to a web app via mqtt using GSM module.
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PCB connector identification

appreciate if anyone is able to help to identify this connector in the photo below. Basically i am trying to identify different types of connectors/ports around different PCB to find debug ports. ...
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Can car alternator back-emf damage electronics?

I know on startup a motor or generator produces back-emf and current ( correct me if I'm wrong, been a while since I've worked with electric machinery ). Thus, it'd be reasonable to expect that when ...
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Diodes needed (parts) for OR gate automotive relay circuit

I need to power up a make-or-break simple automotive relay (4pin, 40A 12V) via an OR gate. OR gate as follows: Source 1 is the car dome light which I will tap into and source 2 is engine-on port ...
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Powering a Behringer MicroMIX MX400 - Car Audio Application [closed]

I am installing a car audio system that will have TWO aux inputs; one in the dash and one in the rear passanger seat are. I decided to purchase the Behringer MicroMIX MX400 mixer. The power spec for ...
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TWO 3.5mm AUX sockets to ONE 3.5 AUX plug - Car Audio Application

I am putting together a car audio system and replacing the factory stereo with a new aftermarket head unit that has a single aux input. The vehicle comes with a single OEM aux input jack in the dash. ...
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High side driver internal design

I have a question about the high side driver VN7016AJ for automotive applications, during ISO pulse1 -150 V will be applied at its VCC pin, I found from the User manual (UM1922) that when -150 V is ...
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Connector identification (multipin connector for automotive touchscreen)

This connector is from a device connected to the touch screen in the car. This device is chinese, so I'm having trouble locating information about any part number or name. The connector has 4 wires ...
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Switching MOSFET Based on Power Supply Voltage

I am making a product that plugs directly into a car battery as the power source. My goal is to have it "know" when the car is running or not running, so it does not drain the car battery when the ...
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How many horsepower does an alternator take from an engine at different speeds? [closed]

I want to know how much horsepower the engine deliver to the alternator at idle rpm,normal rpm and maximum rpm
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How short circuit is made when connecting negative cable first when jumping start the vehicle

When Jumping start, I understand that I need to connect the positive terminal first due to the safety reason. And also if I connect negative terminal first and touching the body of the vehicle with ...
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Can I derive steering wheel angle of a car from gyroscope data (x,y,z values)? [closed]

I am not an electrical engineer but I don't really know where to ask this question so here it is. I have some x,y,z gyroscope data from a car and I want to calculate the steering wheel angle at a ...
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What is the use of series resistor in VBAT line of CAN transceiver?

In the application diagram CAN Transceiver TJA1043 (Page – 19), there is a series resistor in the VBAT line. What is the use of this resistor? How to select the value for this resistor?
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Controlling a Relay with noisy automotive power supply

I want to implement a 12V relay (https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Panasonic-Industrial-Devices/TX2SA-12V?qs=HLLy2pIPwuuBcCVwky7PWw%3D%3D) in an automotive application. I will be using the car's ...
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Swap between two colors without an additional light?

A Quick Note I'm not sure of a more accurate name for this question. If you can think of a better name, feel free to edit and change the name. Also, I'm not the greatest with technical terminology so ...
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Two capacitors of same value connected in series and connected to power supply instead of one capacitor of equivalent value for PCB design

what's the purpose of two capacitors of same value connected in series and connected to power supply instead of one capacitor of equivalent value for PCB design especially for Automotive applications
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Voltage translation for vehicle throttle sensors

I am working on a EV car conversion and I'm replacing the original throttle pedal. The two throttle sensors of the new throttle pedal are different. That means the output voltages have a different ...
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Would you get electrocuted if you touched a car battery? [duplicate]

Lets say that you have a connected car battery. If you remove the negative lead first and then touched it would the current go through you to the earth (GND)? What is i then attached a wire which is ...
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Designing brake light with specific luminous intensity

I am currently designing a brake light for a Formula Student car and I am looking into existing solutions on the market for inspiration. The two specific solutions are this, and this. The LED I found ...
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Opinions on what I've come up with for a 12 V-to-5 V automotive circuit?

Is this a solid solution for an automotive 12 V-to-5 V circuit to power an ATtiny? I've been trying to come up with a solution for my needs that can handle the automotive environment that is so scary ...
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Can an EEPROM be one-time-programmable?

I'm confused, and I hope you can help me figuring out, what I misunderstood. I am not an electronics engineer, so bear with me :) I have a chip, from the engine control unit of a Toyota Yaris Verso ...
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How can I sense a signal on a 12v automotive wire non invasively?

I'm working on a project where I need to sense if a circuit is in operation on a wide range of vehicles. My plan so far is a current sensing clamp, and an Arduino micro listening for the current draw ...
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Car battery (lead acid) discharges much, much faster than it charges?

Let's assume a lead acid car battery (12V, 50Ah, 250A output). According to BatteryUniversity article BU-403: The charge time is 12–16 hours and up to 36–48 hours for large stationary batteries. ...
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How to break this ground loop in my car?

Here's the schematic for my car: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab The head unit is referenced to car's chassis. My amplifier and DSP are in the trunk. The DSP has an ...
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Only getting data when 'rubbing' wires

I'm trying to use cansniffer and candump to read the CAN bus data in my car with a Raspberry Pi and the PiCAN 2 board, but I have run into a weird issue I can't explain. Situation: I've located the ...
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Reverse Polarity and TVS Diodes Not Working?

This is a follow up to this issue: Damaged TPL7407LA Transistor Array (*Updated With Scope Testing Images*) We are experiencing both reverse polarity and transient voltage spikes in our automotive ...
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How to calculate voltage ripple in a BLDC filter module?

Hi I need some calculation for my thesis. A found this picture on the internet. My project is almost the same. It's a pi filter for a 3 phase BLDC. The peak current is 60A. It runs from 12V car ...
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Automotive battery input EMI filtering

I'm reviewing the schematics for an evaluation board, which uses an LC filter on the DC input as shown here: PWR_IN is defined for the evaluation board as being 7-27V. The issue I'm facing, is where ...
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How does a car with keyless entry know where the key is?

If I hold the car key and touch the handle on the door, the car locks the doors. But if I leave the key inside the car, it won't lock itself. How does the car know where the key is located? What ...
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High voltage input and low voltage capacitor in series safety

I’m working with a car battery that has a voltage drop when cranking the engine. As a result of this, the stereo restarts even though it was running already. To resolve the issue of stereo rebooting ...
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Car battery(12v) to 7v 2a (to power fan controller)

I recently installed an amplifier and sub woofer in my car and it is gets up to 40C where I live so my amp gets VERY hot. I want to build a box/amp rack for the amp which will have fans on each side ...
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12V LED remains on

I am working on an automotive project where we are using an LED as an indicator for the operation of an engine cooling fan, which is turned on and off automatically by the vehicle's ECM. The module ...
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FMEDA failure mode distribution data

We are developing an automotive product according to ISO 26262 standard. For FMEDA calculations failure mode and failure mode distribution is required. Some sources to find these are IEC 61709 ...
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Can I switch two 12v sources with 5 pin relay?

I'm installing a stereo in an RV and would like to maintain default behavior of having the stereo receive power on vehicle accessory power/ignition, but also be controlled by a switch in the RV for ...