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Valid E.O.

Validity

This Executive Order approved the specified parts on on February 24, 1998.
As of Monday, September 16th, 2019 this Executive Order has not been overturned or superceeded.

Approved Parts

Part NumberModels
51907A-96061997-1998 Chrysler 3.3L and 3.8L Dodge Caravans, originally equipped with 20 gallon polyethylene plastic fuel tanks.

This Executive Order may be listed as:
  • C.A.R.B.E.O. D-449
  • Executive Order 449 / D449
  • ARB # D-449
  • Executive Order No: D-449
  • C.A.R.B. No. D-449
  • Resolution D-449
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Download: Executive Order D-449 PDF

D-449 Document:



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                                          State of California
                                      AIR RESOURCES BOARD

                                     EXECUTIVE ORDER D—449
                              Relating to Exemptions Under Section 27156
                                           of the Vehicle Code

                                  THE BRAUN CORPORATION
                              20—GALLON POLYETHYLENE PLASTIC
                             REPLACEMENT FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY
                                    PART NO. 51907A—9606


  Pursuant to the authority vested in the Air Resources Board (ARB) by Section 27156 of the Vehicle
  Code; and

  Pursuant to the authority vested in the undersigned by Sections 39515 and 39516 of the Health and
  Safety Code and Executive Order G—45—9;

  IT IS ORDERED AND RESOLVED: That the installation of The Braun Corporation‘s (Braun‘s)
  20—gallon polyethylene plastic replacement fuel tank assembly, part no. 51907A—9606,
  manufactured for Braun (631 West 11th Street, Winamac, Indiana 46996) by Meese Orbitron
. Dunne Company of 4920 State Road, P.O. Box 607, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004, has been found not to
  reduce the effectiveness of the applicable vehicle pollution control system, and therefore, the
  replacement fuel tank assembly is exempt from the prohibitions of Section 27156 of the California
  Vehicle Code for installation on 1997 and 1998 model—year Chrysler Corporation 3.3 and 3.8 liter
  Dodge Caravans, originally equipped with 20—gallon polyethylene plastic fuel tanks.

  This Executive Order is valid provided that installation instructions for the replacement fuel tank
  assembly not recommend tuning the vehicles to specifications different from those submitted by the
  vehicle manufacturer.

  Changes made to the design or operating conditions of the replacement fuel tank assembly, as
  exempt by the ARB, which may adversely affect the performance of a vehicle‘s pollution control
  system, shall invalidate this Executive Order.

 Marketing of the replacement fuel tank assembly using an identification other than that shown in
 this Executive Order or for an application other than those listed in this Executive Order shall be
 prohibited unless prior approval is obtained from the ARB. Exemption of the replacement fuel tank
 assembly shall not be construed as an exemption to sell, offer for sale, or advertise any components
 of the replacement fuel tank assembly as individual devices.


THE BRAUN CORPORATION                                          EXECUTIVE ORDER D—449
20—GALLON POLYETHYLENE PLASTIC                                 (Page 2 of 2)
REPLACEMENT FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY
PART NO. 51907A—9606


This Executive Order does not constifute any opinion as to the effect the use of the replacement fuel
tank assembly may have on any warranty either expressed or implied by the vehicle manufacturer.

No claim of any kind, such as "Approved by the Air Resources Board," may be made with respect
to the action taken herein in any advertising or other oral or written communication.

THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CERTIFICATION,
ACCREDITATION, APPROVAL, OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF ENDORSEMENT BY THE AIR
RESOURCES BOARD OF ANY CLAIMS OF THE APPLICANT CONCERNING
ANTI—POLLUTION BENEFITS OR ANY ALLEGED BENEFITS OF THE BRAUN
CORPORATION‘S 20—GALLON POLYETHYLENE PLASTIC REPLACEMENT FUEL TANK
ASSEMBLY.

Violation of any of the above conditions shall be grounds for revocation of this Executive Order.
The Executive Order may be revoked only after a ten—day written notice of intention to revoke the
Executive Order, in which period the holder of the Executive Order may request in writing a
hearing to contest the proposed revocation. If a hearing is requested, it shall be held within ten
days of receipt of the request and the Executive Order may not be revoked until a determination
after the hearing that grounds for revocation exist.
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Executed at El Monte, California, this     M         da    February 1998.




                                         R. B. Summerfield, Chief
                                         Mobile Source Operations Division


                          State of California
                      AIR RESOURCES BOARD




             EVALUATION OF THE BRAUN CORPORATION‘S
20—GALLON POLYETHYLENE PLASTIC REPLACEMENT FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY
      FOR EXEMPTION FROM THE PROHIBITIONS OF VEHICLE CODE
   SECTION 27156 IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 2222, TITLE 13 OF THE
                  CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS




                           February 1998


                                         State of California
                                    AIR RESOURCES BOARD




                 EVALUATION OF THE BRAUN CORPORATION‘S
    20—GALLON POLYETHYLENE PLASTIC REPLACEMENT FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY
          FOR EXEMPTION FROM THE PROHIBITIONS OF VEHICLE CODE
       SECTION 27156 IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 2222, TITLE 13 OF THE
                      CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS




                                                 by
                                Mobile Source Operations Division

                                         State of California
                                       Air Resources Board
                                       9528 Telstar Avenue
                                    E1 Monte, CA 91731—2990


(This report has been reviewed by the staff of the California Air Resources Board and approved for
publication. Approval does not signify that the contents necessarily reflect the views and policies
of the Air Resources Board nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute
endorsement or recommendation for use.)


                                           SUMMARY


         The Braun Corporation (Braun) of 631 West 11th Street, Winamac, Indiana 46996 has

applied for an exemption frc;m the prohibitions of Section 27156 of the California Vehicle Code for

their replacement fuel tank assembly, part no. 51907A—9606. Braun’s 20—gallon polyethylene

glastic fuel tank has been designed to replace the original equipment manufacturer 20—gallon

polyethylene plastic midship fuel tanks used on 1997 and 1998 model—year Chrysler Corporation

3.3 and 3.8 liter Dodge Caravans.

         Based on the test data submitted by Braun, staff concludes that Braun‘s replacement fuel

tank assembly will not adversely affect the evaporative emissions or the on—board diagnostic

monitoring systems of the vehicles for which the exemption is requested. This vehicle application

includes those vehicles that have been certified to enhanced evaporative emission standards and

equipped with on—board evaporative system leak detection system.

         Staff recommends that Braun be granted an exemption for their replacement fuel tank

assembly, part no. 51907A—9606, as requested and that Executive Order No. D—449 be issued.


                                              Page Number



SUMMARY                                             i

CONTENTS                                  '         i#

L.     INTRODUCTION                                 1—

II.    CONCLUSION                                   1

HII.   RECOMMENDATION                               1

IV.    DEVICE DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION             2

v.     DEVICE EVALUATION AND DISCUSSION             2




                                  ii


                                        State of California
                                    AIR RESOURCES BOARD

                   EVALUATION OF THE BRAUN CORPORATION‘S
      20—GALLON POLYETHYLENE PLASTIC REPLACEMENT FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY
            FOR EXEMPTION FROM THE PROHIBITIONS OF VEHICLE CODE
         SECTION 27156 IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 2222, TITLE 13 OF THE
                        CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS


I.       INTRODUCTION

         The Braun Corporation (Braun) of 631 West 11th Street, Winamac, Indiana 46996 has

applied for an exemption from the prohibitions of Section 27156 of the California Vehicle Code for

their replacement fuel tank assembly, part no. 51907A—9606, for installation on 1997 and 1998

model—year Chrysler Corporation 3.3 and 3.8 liter Dodge Caravans. Braun has submitted all the

required information including drawings and installation instructions for their replacement fuel

tank. Braun has also submitted fuel tank temperature comparison test data and on—board diagnostic

(OBD II) system test results for evaluation.




IL           N      SI

         Based on the test data submitted by Braun, staff concludes that Braun‘s replacement fuel

tank will not adversely affect the evaporative emissions or the OBD II monitoring systems of the

1997 and 1998 model—year 3.3 and 3.8 liter Dodge Caravans.



IH.      R               DATION

         Staff recommends that Braun be granted an exemption as requested, permitting

advertisement, sale and installation of their 20—gallon polyethylene plastic fuel tank assembly, part


no. 51907A—9606, on 1997 and 1998 model—year Chrysler Corporation 3.3 and 3.8 liter Dodge

Caravans, originally equipped with 20—gallon polyethylene plastic fuel tanks.



IV.          VICE   D        PTION   AND     QP

         Braun has designed their fuel tank to facilitate replacement of the original equipment

manufacturer (OEM) fuel tanks on 1997 and 1998 model—year Chrysler Corporation 3.3 and 3.8

liter Dodge Caravans. The replacement fuel tank will be manufactured by Meese Orbitron Dunne

Company of 4920 State Road, P.O. Box 607, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. The assembly consists of a

20—gallon CL—200 Crosslinkable polyethylene plastic fuel tank, OEM—specification fuel and vapor

lines, mounting straps and brackets, and various fittings. Braun‘s fuel tank replaces the 20—gallon

midship OEM fuel tank made of high density polyethylene plastic. The replacement fuel tank is

installed aft—of—axle with the use of longer replacement fuel and vapor lines. The OEM fuel pump,

fuel level sensor, rollover vaive, filler cap, and emission canister are all retained. The emission

canister is relocated, 78 inches, from the front, driver side of the vehicle to the rear, passenger side

of the vehicle; however, with the relocation of the fuel tank, the distance between the fuel tank and

the emission canister remains the same. All other OEM exhaust and evaporative emission control

systems are retained without modification.




v.           VICE EV                  ND     DL         N

         The vehicles for which Braun is requesting exemption have been certified to meet the

enhanced evaporative emission standards. In order to demonstrate that their replacement fuel tank

does not adversely affect the vehicle‘s evaporative ermissions, Braun conducted testing on a 1998

model—year 3.3 liter Dodge Grand Caravan SE equipped with engine family WCRXTO201230 and


evaporative family WCRXEO101GZA. The testing was conducted at Automotive Testing

Laboratories, Inc. (ATL) in Mesa, Arizona and consisted of measuring and comparing liquid fuel

and vapor space temperatures in the OEM and replacement fuel tanks.

         For each test, the fuel tank was filled to 40 percent capacity with California Phase II test

fuel, and the vehicle was soaked overnight at 79°F. Following the cold soak, the vehicle was

operated over the CVS—75 Federal Test Procedure for preconditioning, then the liquid fuel

temperature was stabilized at 105°F. Using thermocouples (two for liquid fuel and one for vapor

space), the temperature in the fuel tank was measured while the vehicle was operated over the

running loss test cycle, specifically, one Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS) followed

by two New York City Cycles and concluding with another UDDS. This testing was conducted in

a temperature—controlled enclosure where a temperature of 105°F (+/— 5°F) was maintaified

throughout the test to simulate high—temperature ambient conditions. A small tank heater, placed

3 1/4 inches below the center of the fuel tank, was utilized throughout the test as a heat source.

The heater outlet air termperature was approximately 16(F.

         The following results were reported by ATL:

                                              OEM    _                 Replacement

                                    Initial         Final          Initial        Final
         Liquid Temp. (°F)          105.5           145.3          104.1           140.2

         Vapor Temp. (°F)           103.1           153.7          102.7           154.1

         The test results show that the liquid fuel and vapor space temperatures in the replacement

fuel tank is comparable to those in the OEM fuel tank and that the heat retention and transfer

characteristics of the two tanks are similar.


         These vehicles have also been certified with the OBD II leak detection monitoring system.

This monitoring system is designed to detect 0.040 inches and larger diameter leaks throughout the

evaporative system. Braun conducted testing using the same vehicle to ensure that the replacement

fuel tank does not falsely trigger trouble codes or disable the vehicle‘s leak detection system. With

the replacement fuel tank installed, a 0.040 inch diameter leak was introduced into the vehicle‘s

evaporative system, in the purge line between the purge solenoid and the emission canister as well

as in the gas cap. In both cases, ATL reported that the system detected the leak and a malfunction

indicator light was illuminated. Using a Vetronix MasterTech scantool, ATL verified that the

evaporative system small leak trouble code, PO442, was stored in the on—board computer. The leak

was then removed, and the vehicle was driven on the road for approximately 50 miles. After a

cold—soak, key—on, and a short on—road driving, ATL verified that all of the readiness codes had set

and that no trouble codes were stored in the on—board computer.      Before each of these three leak

detection tests, all of the codes were cleared using the scantool.

         Based ovn the above, staff concludes that the evaporative emissions and the OBD II leak

detection system of the vehicles for which the exemption is requested will not be affected by the

installation of the replacement fuel tank.



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