Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Feb 2008
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It needed more time to sort out, and at launch, they were already into cost-cutting. When I was with an International engineer (brakes) he had said before the first trucks hit the dealers parking lot Ford was jumping on them about cost savings. As a supplier, our company had the same directive for MY2003 and you could see that in many components comparing 2002 to 2003 trucks.
Siemens I've thought was good in their electronics, but I'm sure they were hit too. But any electronic circuit I think would have a hard time with intermittent contact on either the negative or positive side of the alternator.
Some have said it can generate around 100 volts. I've never seen that nor care to test the theory. I've seen high voltage in the 16's, and abnormal AC from bad diodes, but that approached 1.0vac.
Former Vehicle Test Manager, Friction Products.
03 F350SC 4x4 6.0 Auto 5/30/03
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