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Avoidance of Hydrogen Embrittlement of Steel

2019-02-27
CURRENT
USCAR5-5
This standard outlines the conditions that enhance the risk of hydrogen embrittlement of steel and defines 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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Ergonomics Specification for Electrical Connections

2016-02-15
HISTORICAL
USCAR25-2
This document describes the design relative to assembly force, and hand clearance guidelines for conventional hand-plug, mechanical assist and twist lock electrical connectors, as well as Connector Position Assurances (CPAs). The minimum values associated with this design guide need to be evaluated against other critical characteristics that impact quality, efficiency and other traits of assembly feasibility. 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.
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Ergonomic Guidelines for Small Lot Delivery Operations

2015-03-10
CURRENT
USCAR42
This document describes the design, assessment methods and physical requirements associated with material handling systems. This would include, but not limited to manual dollies, small lot systems and kitting. 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.
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PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATION FOR CABLE-TO-TERMINAL ELECTRICAL CRIMPS

2014-12-01
CURRENT
USCAR21-3
This specification defines test methods and requirements for validation of solderless crimped connections. The purpose of this test is to simulate in the lab the stress seen in a typical life (15 years and 150,000 miles) for a crimp connection and assure the crimp is mechanically strong and electrically stable. This specification was developed for use with stranded automotive copper wire. Only where specifically mentioned are other constructions or other core materials (aluminum, clad, steel core, etc.) applicable. This specification does not apply to wire types not mentioned. This specification is based on accepted levels of environmental exposure for automotive applications.
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Standard for Cigar Lighters & Power Outlets

2014-03-31
CURRENT
USCAR4-1
This standard is intended to cover cigar or cigarette lighters as well as power outlets based on the form and dimensions of the cigar lighter. This standard is a full performance specification, it includes dimensional and operational parameters as well as performance characteristics which must be met when submitting a cigar lighter assembly or power outlet assembly for production approval. This standard constitutes an acceptance specification for a surface mounted, front-loaded cigar lighter or power outlet.
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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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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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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 MINIATURE BULBS

2009-12-01
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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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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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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AVOIDANCE OF HYDROGEN EMBRITTLEMENT OF STEEL

2008-06-01
HISTORICAL
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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AVOIDANCE OF HYDROGEN EMBRITTLEMENT OF STEEL

2008-06-01
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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TORQUE-TENSION TESTING AND EVALUATION OF FASTENER FINISHES

2007-03-01
CURRENT
USCAR11-1
This standard provides a test method for determining the torque-tension relationship of a fastener finish as applied to a surrogate screw for the purpose of measuring the frictional characteristic of the fastener finish. The results obtained by this test shall be used as a process control attribute of the fastener finish and shall not be utilized for specific applications.
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Avoidance of Hydrogen Embrittlement of Steel

2007-03-01
HISTORICAL
USCAR5-2
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. 1.1 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. 1.2 Hardness readings in this specification are in Vickers scale. SAE J417 should be referred to for conversion to other scales. NOTE 1: All references to temperatures relate to part core temperature and not the indicated oven air temperature. Statistical data of verifications in temperature at the center of the oven load and oven temperature shall be established to develop the oven profile.
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FIELD CORRELATED LIFE TEST SUPPLEMENT TO SAE/USCAR-2

2004-06-23
CURRENT
USCAR20-1
This life test for underhood/passenger/trunk connector systems may be used in place of Section 5.9.6, Connection System Electrical Table of SAE/USCAR-2. All other requirements of SAE/USCAR-2 remain applicable even when this test is used. Refer to SAE/USCAR-2 and Connector/Terminal Supplier for appropriate power rating and current cycle Testing.
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Test Procedure for Electrical Ground Attachments

2003-09-18
CURRENT
USCAR26
This test procedure is intended to evaluate and/or validate electrical ground schemes for use on the body or chassis. There are two classes based on the expected environmental conditions. Exposed Grounds can be located anywhere in the vehicle (except on the powertrain) and is the class for which most schemes should be tested. Unexposed Grounds can only be used in the passenger compartment or trunk and as such are special cases. This procedure as written is not intended for testing powertrain grounds where high temperatures and vibration levels may be encountered. These situations may require modifications to this procedure and are left to the Responsible Engineer to determine. This specification does not specifically address validation of terminal to wire electrical crimps. Crimps are tested to SAE/USCAR-21
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Electrical Connector Assembly Ergonomic Design Criteria

2003-05-03
HISTORICAL
USCAR25
This document describes the design and assembly force guidelines for conventional and mechanical assist (lever and slide-lock) electrical connectors and CPA's. All possible designs and applications cannot 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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Avoidance of Hydrogen Embrittlement of Steel

2002-08-22
HISTORICAL
USCAR5-1
This standard outlines the conditions that enhance the risk of hydrogen embrittlement of steel. It also defines the relief procedures required to minimize the risk of hydrogen embrittlement. SAE/USCAR-5 is intended to control the process.
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