PERFORMANCE STANDARD FOR AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR SYSTEMS
|Publication Date:||1 April 2001|
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, > 20 VAC or DC, or to eyelet type terminals.
Note that this specification does not cover the mechanical assist portions of connectors that include such devices. The Authorized Person must provide details of any additional testing desired to validate these mechanisms as part of the test request/order.
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. By way only of example, this includes products that may be subjected to temperatures beyond the extremes of Class 4 in Figure 5.1.4, or may be subjected to shock or vibration in the unsprung portions of a vehicle, such as the wheel hub. 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.
Guidance as to the recommended tests for selected purposes is given in the charts in Appendix C and D. In the absence of contrary direction from the Authorized Person in the test request/order, all electrical connectors and their associated terminals and other components are required to meet all applicable portions of this document with the following exception.
A. Specific tests that are not required or additional test requirements as specified in any document in the hierarchy of Section 3.0.