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CAN Test Box

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Continuing with our mission to make vehicle diagnostics easier and faster…the new CAN Test Box gives you easy access to the 16 pins of the diagnostic connector that is fitted to all modern vehicles. Depending on the configuration of the vehicle, this may allow you to check power, ground and CAN Bus signal quality. With the test leads supplied you can connect your PicoScope lab scope to the CAN Test Box to monitor signals such as the CAN High and Low. More.....

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New Kvaser white paper discusses ways to maximise CAN’s efficiency in next generation vehicles

By using a Virtual CAN Bus, we separate the control task from other tasks. The distributed embedded control system can be developed using standard CAN Controllers and transceivers in a traditional way with well proven tools.

Other tasks such as encryption, transmitter authentication, re-flashing, etc. can be developed by experts in these fields and carried out by using other protocols. With modern technology, the different tasks can run in parallel and simultaneously communicate on the same physical layer.

It is a great advantage to separate the control problems from other problems. The control problem can be solved once and for all by the control experts and other problems by experts in their respective technology fields.


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BMW Braking Issues

By Stuart White
Complete Car Maintenance

A 2000 model year BMW 5 Series was brought to us with the ABS/ESP light illuminated, following unsuccessful diagnosis and repair elsewhere.

The following diagnosis and repair procedure was carried out:

  1. The ABS/ESP system ECU was interrogated with a serial diagnostic platform. A fault was stored indicating a problem with the signal from the OSR wheel speed sensor.
  2. The fault code was cleared and the ignition cycled, and the codes re-checked. No fault code was shown, thus proving the integrity of the sensor, the wiring and the ECU.
  3. When the vehicle was then driven, the ABS light illuminated within a very short period. The fault memory was re-checked and the same fault code found stored in the ECU memory.
  4. The signal output connections from both rear wheel speed sensors were back-probed, with the probes connected to a PicoScope 3423 4-channel oscilloscope. The vehicle was raised on a 2-post lift and the rear wheel driven at low speed. The signal patterns were recorded. This signal clearly shows intermittent signal output from the OSR wheel speed sensor.
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  5. The OSR wheel speed sensor was inspected and found to be new.
  6. The OSR wheel hub assembly was removed to inspect the sensor ring. Upon initial visual inspection the sensor ring, which forms part of the bearing grease seal, was depressed excessively for approximately 33% of the circumference. This measurement was taken with a vernier depth gauge and found to be outside the manufacturer’s specification.
  7. The damaged wheel bearing was replaced and the hub assembly refitted to the vehicle.
  8. The ABS/ESP ECU fault codes were cleared. The vehicle was then road-tested. No ABS light was illuminated. The ECU was once again interrogated, and no faults were stored.
  9. The conclusion of this diagnosis is that the sensor ring within the wheel bearing assembly was the cause of the fault. The sensor ring had been damaged during assembly of the recently fitted wheel bearing unit. The sensor ring had been distorted causing an excessive air gap between the sensor and the ring, which in turn caused loss of signal output from the sensor and the fault to be recorded by the ECU.
  10. The damage to the sensor ring was most likely caused either by the ring being compressed upon installation of the bearing to the hub, or removal and reassembly of the bearing due to incorrect initial fitting of the bearing to the hub. The bearing cannot be refitted once it is removed from the hub.


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