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Re: My cousins car died! (fwd)
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Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2007 15:59:08 -0700
From: Frank <fxrays@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: My cousins car died! (fwd)
Welcome to the world of "everything has to be electronic".
More and more worthless electronics are being fitting in everything
and especially automobiles.
These electronics are not necessarily tough and may times worthless.
It is just easier for mfgrs to put them in to monitor and control
machinery as it is cheaper, not necessarily better.
My Audi blew up its air bag computer just by starting the car one
day. $1,200 later it was repaired. A random event erased the PLC
program. No RFI, no EMI no static, no nothing, just a cheaply
designed module that was prone to failure.
Since electronic control modules have been put in autos, there are
more failures that electromechanical controls.
I have run many high powered antique coils in my house, been able to
draw arcs off light fixtures and etc and never lost a computer,
electronic wrist watch, TV, stereo, auto system or even electronic key.
Your friends car was just a fluke and not related to operation of
your coil. Driving under high tension lines or near a radio tower
would have stronger fields.
At 04:30 PM 7/8/2007 -0600, you wrote:
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>Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2007 14:02:46 EDT
>Subject: Re: My cousins car died! (fwd)
>In a message dated 7/8/07 1:33:09 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> >A mechanic friend of his, said that perhaps the EMFs from the
> >coil fried the diodes in the alternator, he says only newer cars have them
> Cars have been using diodes in alternators for the past 50+ years.
> Many US military vehicles stuck with DC generators at least through the
> There *has* been a recent automotive trend to incorporate more and more
>functions into one central computer. For example, I helped a friend out
>recently with a dead alternator. Long story short, I found out that the
>manufacturer had put half the voltage regulator in the car's
>main computer. If that
>part of the voltage regulator dies, you need to replace the entire computer.
>Turns a $10 fix into a $1500 fix. And if your regulator dies, your
>may put out enough voltage to fry everything else in the car. Some
>this is "progress".
> As with most other hazards, distance is your friend...
>Center for the Advanced Study of Ballistic Improbabilities
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