Permanent-Magnet : Smog License Update Class Training 


A lab scope is basically a fancy voltmeter that displays voltage on a vertical axis and time on a horizontal axis. The Digital Storage Oscilloscope "DSO" basically traces the voltage of a period of time.

The screen is made up of divisions vertically and horizontally for example:

Some scopes have 8 x 10 displays, 8 divisions going vertical and 10 going horizontal and there are some are

10 x 10 displays, 10 divisions going vertically, and 10 going horizontally. 


Each division has a measurement of voltage are time, here is an example. If a scope shows a 20-volt selection, this means the measurement per division is 2 volts, 2 volts per division.

What this means is if I have set the voltage screen to 20 volts and the scope has 10 vertical divisions, each division is worth 2 volts.

The voltage settings should always be set to represent the component being tested. If you are testing a sensor with a 5 volt reference, the voltage setting should be set to see at least 5 volts.

In this example I would be setting the voltage scale to 1 volt per divisions with 10 divisions would give me a total voltage range of 10 volts. 

Horizontally Divisions Represents Time

The divisions horizontally represent time, there are 10 divisions and the total time setting is 2 seconds. Two seconds is the same as 2,000 ms with 10 horizontal divisions each division is worth 200ms or .2 of a second per divisions. 

What is a Permanent-Magnet Generator 

A magnet is a small, one coil AC Generator

The case is usually made of some type of aluminum to stop interference

The Permanent-Magnet is a coil wrapped around a magnet with a trigger wheel in motion to produce an AC voltage 

When a tooth of a gear passes the magnet a pulse is produce

Each time a tooth passes the magnetic pickup, the flux lines stretch and snap, causing a pulse

The AC signal you see below is a Sine Wave from a crank sensor but the Vehicle Speed Sensor is the most common speed signal seen on automotive vehicles.

The speed sensor is created by a permanent magnet generator or sometimes called a pulse generator or magnetic pickup. The sensor has two wires and current & voltage will pulse positive or negative.

With a wheel speed sensor the usually the magnet rotates and the stator is fixed but there different setups depending on the manufacturer. 

To receive the best picture on a lab scope hook up one of the leads from the scope to positive side of the sensor and the other lead to the ground side wire of the sensor

Permanent-Magnet Produces AC Voltage 

The permanent magnet is a two wire sensor, that produces a AC voltage

Unlike a Hall Effect Sensor which receives 12 volts power, ground and a signal wire which transfer the signal from the Hall Effect to the Ignition control wire or Powertrain Control Module. 

The AC voltage should never receive 12 volts because it produces its own voltage, if there are 12 volts on one of the permanent magnet wires there is most likely there is a short to one of the wires. 

Computers can only read Digital Square Waves 

Computer's must digitize analog A/C and D/C signals before the computer can use that signal. 

Alternating Current (AC) or Direct Current (DC) signals including certain sensors that produce alternating current "A/C" voltage, for example, some crank and cam sensors, vehicle speed sensors produce an analog AC signal. 

 These voltage's will need to be converted so the PCM can use the signal.

Analog DC voltage which is produced by the Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor "ECT", or Throttle Position Sensor "TPS" which produces an analog DC voltage will need to be converted also. 

These signals are not digital but analog and before the computer can use it the signal will need to be converted to a Digital Square Wave

There is a mini test associate with this video

Use you Tech Help Book from the zoom asynchronous class as reference 

Understanding the Permanent Magnet and Understanding a Lab Scope

If you are in the Update Training Class "UT050" for our asynchronous assignment is for you to read this page and explain your understanding of the permanent magnet or your understanding of a Lab Scope

It must be in paragraph form with "NO" Two or Three-word answers.

Also, you are required to ask me a question relating to the Permanent Magnet or Lab Scope.

So I'm looking for two answers; your understanding of the permanent magnet or lab scope and a question.

If you are not in this class and found this website I invite you to ask a question also if you have one.

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