Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems

Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems

by Tony Candela
Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems

Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems

by Tony Candela


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With this book, learn to assemble, design, and build single- and multi-function circuits and harnesses, troubleshoot and repair existing circuits, and install aftermarket systems and electronics. It’s the perfect book for wiring a hot rod from scratch, modifying muscle car electrical circuits for cooling fans and/or power windows, or adding a big stereo and other conveniences to modern performance cars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613250198
Publisher: CarTech Inc.
Publication date: 04/02/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 307,700
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

Tony Candela has been in the automotive aftermarket electronics industry for 20+ years. During his career, he has worked for Clifford Electronics and Rockford Fosgate. He has written and given hundreds of seminars on the topics of installation, application, wiring, and basic automotive electronics.

Table of Contents

About the Author


What is a Workbench Book?


Chapter 1: Understanding Electrical Principles, Simple Circuits and Working Safely High Current/Low Voltage

Ohm’s Law

The Power Formula


Kirchhoff’s Law

Circuit Basics

Wire Resistance Chart

Example: Installing an Electric Fuel Pump

Hazards Presented by On-Board Computers

Disconnecting the Battery—When?

Chapter 2: The Right Tools for the Job

Required Tools

The Test Light

The Computer-Safe Test Light

The Digital Multi-Meter

DMM Basic Functionality

Chapter 3: The Fundamentals of Automotive Wiring

Basic Connections

Crimp-Style Connections

Fundamentals of Crimping

Soldering Part 1

Insulating Connections

Temporary Mechanical Connectors

Distribution-Type Connectors

Connectors and Plugs

Basics for 8 AWG Wire and Larger

Chapter 4: Ignition Switches, Wiring Harnesses and Controllers

The Ignition Switch

The Wiring Harness

Controllers: The Basics

Chapter 5: Power Accessories and the Charging System

Power Door Lock Circuits

Power Window Circuits

The Charging System

Chapter 6: Wiring Aftermarket Equipment and Upgrading Components

Safety First

Passing Through a Metal Barrier

Installing a Tachometer

The Charging System—Revisited

Protecting Your Work

Chapter 7: Troubleshooting

Understanding Flowcharts

Typical Problems

Circuit Inoperable

Circuit Works, but Blows Fuses: Scenario 1

Circuit Works, but Blows Fuses: Scenario 2

Wiring is Burned Up

Battery is Drained Overnight

Intermittent Circuit Operation

Chapter 8: Advanced Installations and Interfaces

Interfacing with Power Door Lock and Power Window Circuits

Factory Wiring Diagrams

Interfacing with Power Sunroof and Convertible Top Circuits

Upgrading Headlights to Higher Power Units

Adding an Auxiliary Battery

Adding an Accessory Fuse Panel

Chapter 9: Building a Wiring Harness

Harness Basics

Building a Harness from Scratch

Harness Construction Project



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