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Old 11-06-2001, 09:01 AM
stevebfl stevebfl is offline
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Use the search mechanism. OVP is probably the single most talked about problem since I have been here.

The device is basically a surge protector for various important/expensive control units. It uses a zener diode to short all voltage over a set point to ground through the fuse.

Jump starting with a battery charger or other high voltage methods takes out the fuse. Alternator/regulator problems can take out the fuse/fuses. But, most problems are actually just defective electronics or circuits within the device. On a wide group of 201/126/124 cars the simultaneous incidence of cold start problems and ABS light are a good clue. I have had units that would power one and not the other controller though and I have seen enough intermittant internal connections to waste weeks searching.

I now replace any OVP with original date code if the car has any stalling or cold starting problems.
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