Improving electrical robustness?
Following my CDI controller issues (see other thread), I've come across all sorts of info. both on this forum, and from talking to various specialists, dealers, etc. It seems to be (well) known that if the Alternator fails it is likely have a dramatic effect on the rectifier, CDI, ECU. If it "fails to negative) the impact is a lot less; "failing positive" (which must have done) causes instant and delayed impact. Two things occurred to me:
1. Does this forum have an "anecdotal troubleshooting" library, e.g. "If X fails or is troublesome, you may want to check out Y". It may be useful in helping diagnose stored-up problems?
2. Surely the purpose of all the fuses in the electrical system is to prevent catastrophic and knock-on failures. I am surprised there is nothing between the alternator and spark plug to prevent voltage surges, etc. taking out other critical (and expensive) components. Talking with one Honda dealer he was familiar with these type of failures on older Hondas, but said that since introduction of the Can Bus, this was not such a problem. I'm thinking of putting some fuse/protection in place to help protect the major components that are expensive and increasingly-difficult to get hold of. Has anyone done some of this already, and is willing to share? Or have any ideas of a simple solution? Just interested to discuss "prevention" instead of "cure" for a change :-)
(UK-spec. SP2, 2002 owned from new, 45k miles)