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Performance Specification for Automotive Electrical Connector Systems

2013-02-01
CURRENT
USCAR2-6
Procedures included within this specification are intended to cover performance testing at all phases of development, production, and field analysis of electrical terminals, connectors, and components that constitute the electrical connection systems in low voltage (0 – 20 VDC) road vehicle applications. These procedures are only applicable to terminals used for In-Line, Header, and Device Connector systems. They are not applicable to Edge Board connector systems, twist lock connector systems, > 20 VAC or DC, or to eyelet-type terminals. No electrical connector, terminal, or related component may be represented as having met USCAR/EWCAP specifications unless conformance to all applicable requirements of this specification have been verified and documented. All required verification and documentation must be done by the supplier of the part or parts.
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Dimensional and Performance Specification for After-Market Gasoline Engine Oil Filters

2013-01-30
CURRENT
USCAR36
This specification defines the dimensional and performance requirements for aftermarket spin-on oil filters intended for use on gasoline engines. Filters meeting this specification may also be suitable for use on some diesel applications. Filters meeting these dimensional limits are intended to meet the oil filter fit and package requirements for engine and vehicle designs. Filters meeting the performance requirements are intended to maintain sufficient durability to support many of the OEM's recommended oil change intervals. Some OEM engines may require special filters for which this specification would not support.
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DEEMBRITTLEMENT VERIFICATION TEST

2012-07-30
CURRENT
USCAR7-1
This standard outlines test methods and practices which can detect embrittlement of steel parts. It is a process control or referee verification test. The risk of embrittlement of steel is minimized by using best practices in the finishing/coating process. One such practice is described in SAE/USCAR-5, Avoidance of Hydrogen Embrittlement of Steel.
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AVOIDANCE OF HYDROGEN EMBRITTLEMENT OF STEEL

2012-07-30
CURRENT
USCAR5-4
This standard outlines the conditions that enhance the risk of hydrogen embrittlement of steel and define the relief procedures required to minimize the risk of hydrogen embrittlement. It is intended to control the process.
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Performance Specification for Automotive RF Connector Systems

2011-12-06
HISTORICAL
USCAR17-3
1. Procedures included within this specification are intended to cover performance testing at all phases of development, production, and field analysis of electrical terminals, connectors and components for coaxial cable connection systems (hereafter referred to as RF connectors) intended for road vehicle applications. 2. The intent of this specification is to qualify RF connectors that operate at frequencies from 70 MHz to 3 GHz. The characteristic impedance of the SMB/FAKRA connection system is 50 ohms however this specification does not exclude the use of these RF connectors on non-50 ohm cables or systems. 3. This specification does not apply to single conductor wire or twisted pair connection systems. 4. This specification (along with SAE/USCAR 18 and SAE/USCAR 19) is designed to provide the mechanical and electrical data required to insure that assemblies from various manufacturers will perform reliably in actual conditions.
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FAKRA SMB RF CONNECTOR SUPPLEMENT

2011-12-06
HISTORICAL
USCAR18-3
This document is a supplement to SAE/USCAR 17 and is intended to give recommended usages for one and two way RF connectors and dimensional requirements for 2-way RF connectors and hybrid (RF & DC power) connectors which are not currently specified elsewhere. The radio frequency (RF) connector interface specified herein is suited for unsealed automobile applications up to 3 GHz and is intended for in-line, board mount, device mount, straight or angled applications. Dimensional requirements are specified in this document to ensure interchangeability. Performance requirements are specified in SAE/USCAR-2, and in SAE/USCAR-17.
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LEAD-FREE SOLDER VALIDATION TEST PLAN

2011-04-01
HISTORICAL
USCAR40
This guideline is applicable to existing lead solder production products that will change to lead-free solder processes to meet the ELV Directive 2000/53/EC Annex II, exemption 8B requirements. This guideline is applicable to similar products used by multiple OEM's that have the same manufacturing processes / equipment. The intent is to streamline the supplier’s environmental testing via common qualification to reduce timing, quantities, and costs.
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SPECIFICATION FOR TESTING AUTOMOTIVE LIGHT BULB SOCKETS

2010-01-15
CURRENT
USCAR15-3
This specification establishes the requirements and test procedures for automotive miniature bulb retention devices, including wedge base sockets with integral connector, direct wire wedge base sockets, circuit plate assemblies, and associated interfaces. Tests shall follow the sequence shown in the flow charts in Appendix E whenever the following occurs: New design Design, material or process change made to an existing device, which could affect the outcome of the test. The test sequence shown in Appendix F shall be run annually. (NOTE: Production process control data collected at a shorter interval per an approved control plan, may be substituted if approved by customer’s responsible engineer and purchasing representative.)
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SPECIFICATION FOR TESTING AUTOMOTIVE MINIATURE BULBS

2010-01-15
CURRENT
USCAR3-3
The procedures contained in this specification cover the laboratory testing of miniature incandescent bulbs for use in automotive illumination and signaling applications. The following tests shall be run whenever the following occurs: New bulb design Design or process change made to an existing bulb, which could affect the outcome of the test. The completion of one calendar year as noted in the following Test Schedule Table. Process control data is acceptable.
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Performance Specification for Ultrasonically Welded Wire/Cable Termination

2009-12-18
HISTORICAL
USCAR38
IMPORTANT NOTICE: In any intended vehicle application, if the products covered by this specification are, or may be, subjected to conditions beyond those described in this document, they must pass special tests simulating the actual conditions to be encountered before they can be considered acceptable for actual vehicle application. Products certified by their supplier as having passed specific applicable portions of this specification are not to be used in applications where conditions may exceed those for which the product has been satisfactorily tested. The Authorized Person is the final authority as to what tests are to be performed on his or her parts and for what purpose these tests are required. He or she is also the final authority for resolving any questions related to testing to this specification and to authorizing any deviations to the equipment or procedures contained in this specification.
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SPECIFICATION FOR TESTING AUTOMOTIVE LAMP ASSEMBLIES

2009-11-15
CURRENT
USCAR34
The procedures contained in this specification cover the laboratory testing of Exterior Lamps for use in automotive road illumination. The following tests are intended to be run under the following conditions. This document shall be applied to systems that meet the requirements for design, performance and validation established by government standards. If other manufacture’s components are intended to be approved for use in the lamp assembly, then those possible combinations of components shall be considered a new lamp assembly and shall also be tested.
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WIRING COMPONENT DESIGN GUIDELINES

2009-07-10
HISTORICAL
USCAR12-3
This document gives general guidelines to be used during the connector design stage. Various guidelines may not apply in all situations. Therefore, sound engineering judgment must be used in their application. Consider these guidelines as the basis for connector and wiring DFMEA’s. Items in this document are grouped by DFMEA functional requirements. Groups are as follows: A Electrical Continuity B Electrical Isolation/Sealing C Device Assembly D Harness Assembly E Vehicle Assembly F Materials G Serviceability H Environmental Requirements I High Voltage (≥ 60V) Application Requirements
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Performance Specification for Cable-to-Terminal Electrical Crimps

2008-10-20
HISTORICAL
USCAR21-2
IMPORTANT NOTICE: In any intended vehicle application, if the products covered by this specification are, or may be, subjected to conditions beyond those described in this document, they must pass special tests simulating the actual conditions to be encountered before they can be considered acceptable for actual vehicle application. Products certified by their supplier as having passed specific applicable portions of this specification are not to be used in applications where conditions may exceed those for which the product has been satisfactorily tested. The Authorized Person is the final authority as to what tests are to be performed on his or her parts and for what purpose these tests are required. He or she is also the final authority for resolving any questions related to testing to this specification and to authorizing any deviations to the equipment or procedures contained in this specification. Any such deviation must be documented and included in the final test report.
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ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY ERGONOMIC DESIGN CRITERIA

2008-09-26
HISTORICAL
USCAR25-1
This document describes the design, assembly force, and packaging guidelines for conventional hand-plug, mechanical assist and twist lock electrical connectors, as well as Connector Position Assurances (CPAs). All possible designs and applications could not be anticipated in creating these guidelines. Where there are questions of adherence to this document, such as use of an “off-the-shelf” design, always consult the responsible Ergonomics Department. Refer to SAE/USCAR-12 Wiring Component Design Guidelines for additional guidelines.
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HIGH VOLTAGE CONNECTOR PERFORMANCE SUPPLEMENT TO SAE/USCAR-2

2008-08-27
CURRENT
USCAR37
Procedures included within this specification supplement are, when used in conjunction with SAE/USCAR 2, intended to cover performance testing at all phases of development, production, and field analysis of electrical terminals, connectors, and components that constitute the electrical connection systems in high voltage (60~600V) road vehicle applications. These procedures are applicable to terminals used for In-Line, Header, and Device Connector systems with and without Shorting Bars. This supplement applies to both sealed and unsealed connection systems.
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AVOIDANCE OF HYDROGEN EMBRITTLEMENT OF STEEL

2008-07-01
HISTORICAL
USCAR5-3
This standard outlines the conditions that enhance the risk of hydrogen embrittlement of steel and define the relief procedures required to minimize the risk of hydrogen embrittlement. It is intended to control the process. Hydrogen embrittlement of steel, which can cause brittle fractures under stress, occurs as a result of the absorption of hydrogen during cleaning, phosphate coating and plating processes. The susceptibility to hydrogen embrittlement increases with increasing stress (internal or externally applied stress) and increasing material strength. Hardness readings in this specification are in Vickers scale. SAE J417 should be referred to for conversion to other scales.
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TEST PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATING BOLT-LOAD RETENTION OF MAGNESIUM ALLOYS

2007-10-08
CURRENT
USCAR35
A bolt-load retention (BLR) test is a practical test to determine the bolt load of a fastener joint with time and at given temperatures. There are three types of BLR tests described in this standard, namely general-purpose test, design-purpose test, and screening material test. A general-purpose BLR test may be used for screening materials, while a design-purpose BLR test is usually used to verify the BLR behavior of a specific joint. The screening material test is an example of the general-purpose test for typical automotive applications.
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Performance Specification for Automotive Electrical Connector Systems

2007-10-08
HISTORICAL
USCAR2-5
Procedures included within this specification are intended to cover performance testing at all phases of development, production, and field analysis of electrical terminals, connectors, and components that constitute the electrical connection systems in low voltage (0 - 20 VDC) road vehicle applications. These procedures are only applicable to terminals used for In-Line, Header, and Device Connector systems with and without Shorting Bars. They are not applicable to Edge Board connector systems, twist lock connector systems, > 20 VAC or DC, or to eyelet type terminals. Note: Some tests detailed in this document such as connector environmental or terminal electrical may be applicable to twist lock systems. For twist lock connector system ergonomic requirements refer to USCAR 25.
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SPECIFICATION FOR TESTING GAS DISCHARGE LIGHT SOURCE SUBSYSTEM

2007-10-08
CURRENT
USCAR27
This specification is a general level subsystem light source specification that establishes test requirements of a Gas Discharge Light Source (GDLS) subsystem for use on passenger vehicles. The completed test data to this test specification is intended to be provided to the OEM by the Tier one lamp set maker as part of the lamp assembly PPAP. Re-testing shall be required if any portion of the approved GDLS experiences a design, manufacturing or component change. This document shall be applied to systems that meet the requirements for design, performance and validation established by government standards. The subsystem is defined as the ballast, igniter and light source and shall be tested as a subsystem and considered one test sample for the entire test sequence. A failure of any component in the test sample shall constitute a failure of the entire sample. Substitution or replacement of only the light source shall be allowed during testing.
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