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Old 10-06-2003, 10:39 PM
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Identify this diode in the ABS relay ?

Can you help me identify what type of diode is in the ABS solenoid valve relay?

It is a "fat-barrel" type relay with the following markings:


The "B" could be an "8"
The "T" could be a "Y"

It looks like this from the Radio Shack catalog:

Rather than replace with a similar diode, I was thinking about installing one with a higher forward current (6-amps?) and a higher Peak Inverse Voltage (PIV) of say 200-400 VDC, like those found here:

However, I'm unsure of the current diode's ratings, and whether or upgrading is smart move.

The "flickering ABS" light is what started it all and below is the resolution.

PS: what is a "fast" or "ultra-fast" recovery diode vs. a "tunnel" diode, and under what applications is each best suited for?

Thanks in advance,

:-) neil
1988 360TE AMG
1993 500E
I pulled the ABS solenoid valve relay (42-0710) (silver-colored "ice-cube" relay) and tested contacts 30 & 30C for a faulty diode.

Sure enough, bad diode, got a new relay for $33, and all is fine (MB pn# 001.542.6719).

I will try and open up the bad relay and install a new diode. . .

BTW: this relay is DIFFERENT than the other "ice-cube" silver relays which do NOT have a diode between contacts 30 & 30C.
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Old 10-07-2003, 11:48 AM
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Diode type is: BYW 56
Case: SOD57
Max. Reverse voltage: 1000V
Max Forward current: 2A @ 45 degrees celsius
Produced by: Philips

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Old 10-07-2003, 05:24 PM
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Anything special about this diode?

Would a 6-amp PIV=1000VDC diode be OK?

:-) neil
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Old 10-07-2003, 05:37 PM
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PIV = 1000V is the same as Reverse voltage, so that's OK.

Forward Current of 6A vs 2A should be fine too. All that means is that 6A is the maximum forward current the diode can sustain without incurring damage. Since that's higher than 2A it should be just fine.

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Old 10-08-2003, 02:40 AM
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That's right Ehmand.

PM me if you like to have the datasheet of the diode Ke6dcj.
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