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DIMENSIONAL AND PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATION FOR AFTER-MARKET GASOLINE ENGINE OIL FILTERS

2021-05-13
CURRENT
USCAR36-1
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 typical 10000 mile oil change intervals. Some OEM engines may require special filters for which this specification would not support. Filters that meet or exceed this specification requirements for both dimensional and performance can claim “Conformance to SAE/USCAR - 36 Specifications.” Filters that meet just the performance specifications (ie. may have different thread) can claim “Aligns to SAE/USCAR - 36 Performance Specifications.”
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PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATION FOR AUTOMOTIVE WIRE HARNESS RETAINER CLIPS

2021-01-20
CURRENT
USCAR44-1
This specification describes a method and acceptance criteria for testing automotive wire harness retainer clips. Retainer clips are plastic parts that hold a wire harness or electrical connector in a specific position. Typical plastic retainers work by having a set of “branches” that can be inserted into a hole sized to be easy to install but provide acceptable retention. This specification tests retainer clips for mechanical retention when exposed to the mechanical and environmental stresses typically found in automotive applications over a 15-year service life. This specification has several test options to allow the test to match to the expected service conditions. The variability of applications typically arises from different ambient temperatures near the clip, different proximity to automotive fluids, different exposure to standing water or water spray, and different thicknesses of the holes that the clip is inserted into.
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ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

2021-01-20
CURRENT
USCAR12-6
This document gives specific and measurable design requirements to be applied at a design review prior to tooling. The specification is formatted as a checklist to aid in its use. The requirements do not apply in all situations so engineering judgment must be used. This is a specification for design; applicable performance specifications (USCAR-2, etc.) must still be performed. Specific requirements in this document are grouped by component using a prefix as shown in Table 1 and are numbered by an item number following the prefix.
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ERGONOMICS SPECIFICATION FOR MANUALLY SEATED FASTENERS

2020-12-30
CURRENT
USCAR47
This document describes the assembly force guidelines for manually seated push-pins, clips, and similar retention devices. For the purpose of this document, the term “clip” is used to reference all retention devices addressed within this document. Applicable retention devices must have force exerted directly to the clip using the finger/thumb and are hand seated independent of other fasteners. For a retention device to be manually installed and seated independent of other retention devices, it must be seated fully without any interaction with an adjacent fastener (i.e., multiple PIA clips on the back of a hard trim panel). This standard applies to contact surfaces angled at 90 degrees (±10 degrees) and/or perpendicular from the direction of force insertion. Mechanically installed fasteners (screws, rivets, etc.) are not included in this document. This standard does not apply to extraction/retention forces.
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TEST PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATING BOLT-LOAD RETENTION OF MAGNESIUM ALLOYS

2020-11-19
CURRENT
USCAR35-1
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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STANDARD FOR TIRE TRACEABILITY CONTENT AND FORMAT FOR THE RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG AND ASSOCIATED TIRE DATA SET

2020-11-19
CURRENT
USCAR39-1
This standard describes a requirement for automotive tire traceability. It includes a definition of the RFID tag and the associated tire data set that can be accessed using the RFID tag as an identifier. The standard describes a unique identification and the associated data set for each tire produced by the tire fabricator. This data will either be provided or transmitted at the time of shipment to retailers, wholesalers or original equipment vehicle manufacturers. Tire identification code and data may be used for error proofing, determining the tire specifications or supporting any inquiries that occur for the duration of its automotive life.
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NEW FINISH DEVELOPMENT DOCUMENT

2020-11-19
CURRENT
USCAR32-1
This standard lists variables that shall be investigated and reported as an initial investigation into new or revised surface finishes intended for use on fasteners. This standard provides instruction for producing a final report that will be used to determine if further investigation of a surface finish is justified. Further investigation may include tests and evaluations specific to an individual OEM prior to introduction/approval of the surface finish. The final report shall include the results, observations, and conclusions for all of the variables. The final report may be made up of several individual reports covering each variable. In all cases the laboratory performing the test, the test date and the report approver shall be included in the final report.
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STANDARD FOR IN-TANK ELECTRIC FUEL PUMPS

2020-11-19
CURRENT
USCAR13-1
This standard covers the operational characteristics, environment, durability procedures, and test procedures for in-tank electric fuel pumps for automotive gasoline applications. Specific performance and test criteria used in conjunction with this procedure are specified on the pump drawing. Particular sections of this document may be required for all applications. This standard is intended to evaluate specific characteristics as a supplement to normal material inspections, dimensional checking, and in-process controls, and should in no way adversely influence other inspection operations.
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TORQUE-TENSION TESTING AND EVALUATION OF FASTENER FINISHES

2020-11-19
CURRENT
USCAR11-2
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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DEEMBRITTLEMENT VERIFICATION TEST

2020-11-19
CURRENT
USCAR7-2
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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LEAD-FREE SOLDER VALIDATION TEST PLAN

2020-11-19
CURRENT
USCAR40-2
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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STANDARD FOR D.C. BRUSH MOTOR - HVAC BLOWERS

2020-11-19
CURRENT
USCAR6-1
This standard sets forth the performance and durability requirements for 12-volt, D.C. brush-type electric motors used for automobile Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) blowers and outlines Production Validation and Continuing Conformance testing.
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SPECIFICATION FOR TESTING AUTOMOTIVE LED MODULES

2020-08-03
CURRENT
USCAR33-1
This specification is a general level subsystem light source specification that establishes test requirements of light emitting diode (LED) components and modules for use in automotive lighting systems. The completed test data from this test specification is intended to be provided to the OEM by the Tier 1 lamp set maker as part of the lamp assembly PPAP. Re-testing shall be required if any portion of the approved LED module 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 LED module is defined as the LED devices and any electronics required to properly energize the LEDs using a vehicle electrical power system along with any associated electrical wiring, connectors, and thermal management system. Samples shall be tested as a subsystem and considered one test sample for the entire test sequence.
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SPECIFICATION FOR TESTING AUTOMOTIVE LIGHT BULB SOCKETS

2020-05-28
CURRENT
USCAR15-4
This specification establishes the requirements and test procedures for automotive miniature bulb retention devices, including wedge base sockets with integral connectors, direct wire wedge base sockets, bayonet base sockets with integral connectors, direct wire bayonet base sockets, wedge base and bayonet base sockets with circuit plate assemblies, and associated interfaces. Tests shall follow the sequence shown in the flow charts in Appendices E and F 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 sequences shown in Appendix G shall be run annually.
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Performance Specification for Automotive Electrical Connector Systems

2020-02-03
CURRENT
USCAR2-7
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 to 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 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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Performance Specification for Cable-to-Terminal Electrical Crimps

2020-01-22
CURRENT
USCAR21-4
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 150000 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, such as coaxial cable crimps, unless a USCAR-21 test is specifically referenced in the test specification for that wire type. This specification is based on accepted levels of environmental exposure for automotive applications.
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STANDARD FOR TIRE TRACEABILITY CONTENT AND FORMAT FOR THE RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) TAG AND ASSOCIATED TIRE DATA SET

2019-04-17
HISTORICAL
USCAR39
This standard describes a requirement for automotive tire traceability. It includes a definition of the RFID tag and the associated tire data set that can be accessed using the RFID tag as an identifier. The standard describes a unique identification and the associated data set for each tire produced by the tire fabricator. This data will either be provided or transmitted at the time of shipment to retailers, wholesalers or original equipment vehicle manufacturers. Tire identification code and data may be used for error proofing, determining the tire specifications or supporting any inquiries that occur for the duration of its automotive life.
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Grain Flow Pattern for Bolts and Screws

2019-03-14
CURRENT
USCAR8-4
This specification covers the grain flow pattern requirements in headed bolts, screws, and studs. The heading practice in the manufacture of the bolt, screw, or stud sets the grain flow pattern, but it is also greatly influenced by the fastener design.
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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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