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ptashek

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Re: Cruise control not keeping set speed
« Reply #60 on: 25 May 2020, 02:59 PM »
I've rebuilt the W124 amp today, it worked twice partially, then failed the same way again. Back to the drawing board with this one.

At least the speed signal is clean as a whistle now.
1993 "Pearl Blue" W124 280TE
1988 "Arctic White" W124 200T
1979 "Icon Gold" W116 450SE (history, resto)

ptashek

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Re: Cruise control not keeping set speed
« Reply #61 on: 05 June 2020, 04:34 AM »
I've thrown the VDO junk amp in the proverbial bin, and decided to build my own. Because ain't nobody telling me I can't :)
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The “thing”. An Arduino Nano Every as the brains, and a VNH7100BAS automotive-grade half-bridge controller, to manage the simulated actuator, which is made up of a micro 12V DC motor and a 10kΩ potentiometer. Plus a lonely NPN transistor to drive the simulated wheel, and a tiny hall sensor to simulate the instrument cluster speed feedback sensor. The half-bridge controller is capable of driving up-to 15 amps of continuous load at 28V max supply voltage, without need for active cooling. Thermally speaking, it won’t even notice the VDO actuator load (a measly 1.5 amps peak), so no derating curves to worry about etc.
1993 "Pearl Blue" W124 280TE
1988 "Arctic White" W124 200T
1979 "Icon Gold" W116 450SE (history, resto)

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Re: Cruise control not keeping set speed
« Reply #62 on: 23 May 2021, 06:21 AM »
Not W116 related, but still cruise control related - I've successfully built the microcontroller driven control box for my W124 as mentioned above. Works like a charm in my 280TE. I've done a couple hundred kilometres using it so far, without a hitch. It's far from perfect, and highly experimental but does the job. Chances are it could be easily adopted for the W116 too, if anyone's inclined to do so.
1993 "Pearl Blue" W124 280TE
1988 "Arctic White" W124 200T
1979 "Icon Gold" W116 450SE (history, resto)