Tag Archives: Automotive

The Distributor – Troubleshooting Automotive Ignition Systems

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The intermittent stalling problem was solved by replacing the distributor. This is the sequel to troubleshooting my ‘86 Dodge Aries that defied logic and baffled my mechanic. To be sure, electronic engine controls like this are difficult to troubleshoot. Typical Schematic The long awaited Haynes repair manual arrived… and yes,… Read more »

Intermittent Stalling Problem – Troubleshooting Car Ignition Systems

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Automobile ignition systems have never been more reliable, but when not, how does one troubleshoot? and is it really an ignition issue? This simple test setup costs only about $1 and may easily be taken for a road test to help isolate mind-blowing intermittent problems. It consists of 2 LEDs… Read more »

Trailer Stop & Turn Signal Converter

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If you ever wondered why your trailer Stop/Turn signal lamps are so dim you are not alone. The answer is simply that the typical Stop & Turn Signal Converter/adapter drops a whopping 2.5V! This is VERY significant on a 12V electrical system. This DIY project provides the information you need… Read more »

555 Ignition Coil Driver Circuit

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This ignition coil driver is a HOT one! From my recollection, it delivers a nastier spark than the legendary Ford Model T ignition coil. The circuit uses an inverted 555 oscillator that is coupled to an ON Semiconductor BU323Z Darlington transistor (350V, 10A) that drives a conventional inductive discharge ignition… Read more »

Adaptive Car Lighting System

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When a vehicle is driven on the highway at night, it is required that light beam should be of high density and should illuminate the road at a distance sufficiently ahead. However, when a vehicle coming in the opposite direction approaches the vehicle with a high-beam headlight, driver of that… Read more »

Advanced Automotive Tuner IC

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Advanced Automotive Tuner IC Silicon Laboratories Inc., a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, introduced the industry’s most advanced automotive tuner IC family designed to deliver the highest RF performance coupled with advanced signal processing while reducing the cost and complexity of car radio systems. Offering superior price/performance for the… Read more »