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RV Start/Stop (glow plugs) Relay Help

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by notme, Jun 3, 2004.

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  1. notme

    notme Guest


    I need a simple but reliable way to hold a small automotive 14vdc relay on
    for a few seconds after it has lost power. Basically, I'm thinking a
    capacitor accross the +/- leads of the relay coil fed in series with a diode
    to allow a fast charge (and parrallel to that diode) a resistor to allow a
    more paced discharge.

    This is for the stop portion of the relay and I'm thinking that just as the
    engine is about to die (dc to power the relay will cease, and the relay will
    now flip positions and supply a glow plug siganal), and the engine may
    recover and re-start.

    Any thoughts on if this approach will work with the relay.

    Thanks for the help.

  2. John Miller

    John Miller Guest


    Tom, I tried to email you, but you didn't leave a clue in your message.
    Please email me at the address in my sig.
  3. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

  4. I assume this is for a diesel engine - if so, powering the glow plugs
    as the engine is stopping should not encourage the engine to restart.
    The glow plugs are used before starting to pre-heat the cylinders, to
    make the engine start more easily. If the engine has been running,
    the cylinders are already hot enough to allow the fuel to ignite
    easily, without help from the glow plugs.

    To stop a diesel engine, you simply stop delivering fuel to the
    injectors - without fuel, the engine can't continue to run.

    On my boat, the engine has a solenoid to pull the fuel shut-off lever
    on the injection pump. To stop the engine, I press the button that
    powers the solenoid, and must _hold_ the button pressed until the
    engine has stopped turning.
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