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Old 11-30-2006, 02:04   #1 (permalink)
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diode on brake fail switch... EF

Can anyone explain why a diode was placed on the wire from the ign switch to the brake fail switch to the instrument cluster.

I note that the EB electrics did not have one but the EF's did. If you have a Ellery's manual it is on the wiring diagram on p360. (gregories p.237) a yellow wire with light blue trace comes from the ign switchand connects to the diode.On the other side of the diode is a violet wire with a white stripe that connects through the brake fail switch and to the instruement cluster warning globe.

I am not absolutely certain how this circuit operates. I am trying to establish if power should be at the ign switch with the key turned on.
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Old 12-10-2006, 04:18   #2 (permalink)
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Re: diode on brake fail switch... EF

Hi there. The function of the diode is to provide means to check that the brake fail circuit is operational every time you start the car. It's set up in such a way that it tests the lamp (or LED) and that the connector on the brake M/C is plugged in. The test is performed when the key is turned to "start".

The trick to it is this. 12v pos from the cluster runs through the lamp, the switch, the diode and then to the line that is common to the BCM and the igntion switch. The secret is that this line goes low (ie earthy) when the key is in "start", thus providing a current path to illuminate the lamp - but only while you are in "start".

Now, if you do get a brake fault while you are driving, the switch will operate and provide the earth to operate the lamp. But you will see that under this condiiton the diode is blocking and the earth cannot get onto the BCM line and cause havoc.

If the lamp is faulty or if the connector falls out of the M/C, the lamp will not light. Probably lost on most people, given the usual powers of observation!
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