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Obtaining motor RPM from car's altinator


#1

Hi has anyone done this before?

Obtaining motor RPM from car’s altinator,
(PS: don’t have access to CAN ODBII)

I don’t need exact RPM, but a scaled 0-100% reading.

I’m considering using the LM2917, which is a frequency to analogue voltage

suggestions welcome


#2

Touch a scope to the alternator and you will know if you get some useful reading or not :slight_smile:


#3

Some suggestions from the web:
http://www.edaboard.com/thread50062.html
http://www.electro-tech-online.com/electronic-projects-design-ideas-reviews/87573-rpm-alternator-ripple.html

But it doesn’t seem to be a simple thing to do.

Any particular reason you want to do it on the alternator? Is it a petrol or diesel engine?


#4

How old is the car? Have you thought about using the cam/crankshaft position sensor to get the RPM? You might even be able to cheat and do like a lot of aftermarket tachometers and borrow the same signal that the car uses for engine management.


#5

intention is for forklifts as a rough indicator only, the least invasive method is preferred.

I have seen some “gimmick gadgets” that plug into the cigarette lighter that are able to detect rpm,
and then broadcast a hotrod audio sound over FM radio to make the car sound larger and noisier than it really is.