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Automotive Electrical Manual (Haynes Repair Manuals) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1850106548
ISBN-10: 1850106541
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About the Author

Haynes offers the best coverage for cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and motorcycles on the market today. Each manual contains easy to follow step-by-step instructions linked to hundreds of photographs and illustrations. Included in every manual: troubleshooting section to help identify specific problems; tips that give valuable short cuts to make the job easier and eliminate the need for special tools; notes, cautions and warnings for the home mechanic; color spark plug diagnosis and an easy to use index.
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Product Details

  • Series: Haynes Repair Manuals
  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals N. America, Inc.; 1 edition (June 24, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850106541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850106548
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sherilyn Collins on December 9, 2006
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I have been a backyard mechanic for about 10 years. The last 3 years, I have gotten much more serious by expnading my knowledge, tools, supplies and work load. During all this expansion, I promised myself I would learn electronics and really start getting serious with the subject. Every method I tried to learn electronics, I just couldnt grasp the advanced (useful) concepts. I tried several online courses, on the job training, other electrical manuals, pretty much everything. I found this book at my local library and it seemed like it would cover everything I wanted to learn. Within three days, I had everything I wanted to know practically memorized. The fourth day I spent about $100 in tools and supplies so I could practice what I learned. I have read this book front to back and already fixed several problems in my car and home. I just cant say enough good about this book. Not only is it well written and easy to understand, the topics go in order and have excellent pictures to match. I will return the library book and get one for myself. The only thing I can say negatively about this book is that the publish date is about 15 years old. Not much has changed since then, especially the basic concepts the book teaches. Overall, If you need to learn how to understand, troubleshoot, overhaul, or replace anything electronic that is automotive based; this book is for you!
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This book is fantastic in explaining how to find and fix a problem with a cars electrical system. Tells you what tools to use, how to use them, and how to go about making repairs. This book is a must for any weekend mechanic who gets anxious at the thought of working on electircal problems.
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I chose 4 stars because I have used Haynes manuals before (Saab 9-3), and I knew that it would contain enough information for me to get stuff done myself, and not have to pay someone exorbitant amounts of $ to do simple/intermediate/slightly advanced things... but not 5 stars because Haynes manuals fall short of perfection. What they need are bigger/better pictures/diagrams for some things, and more succinct explanations of some tasks. The wording is sometimes confusing, but then, they are a British based company, so that's kind of expected too.

Likes:
Tool descriptions and pictures (however low contrast they are, they are still helpful)

"crash course" in electrical theory

***DIAGNOSIS STEPS*** <-this is by far the biggest reason to get this book... You can spend hours, if not DAYS hunting down shorts or other circuit issues, but their methodology saves you TONS of time and frustration.

Dislikes:
Paper quality is meh (my dad was a printer, so I'm a paper snob though... :) ). The reason that this is important is that since the paper quality is basically a grade above newspaper, the image quality suffers. The paper browns over time slightly, and the ink fades a little. That combined with a loose tooth on the paper makes for very low-contrast images. They are still discernible however, and most people would probably tell me I'm being too picky... :)

Some descriptions are worded in ways that make procedures a little hard to follow... but a few re-reads usually does the trick.

Overall: A good book that I got used at a great price. Totally worth it. If you are wanting to learn enough to start working on your car without ruining stuff inside it... This is the way to go. I recommend it.
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I stopped working on cars in "79", but after seeing prices garages are charging for simple repairs, I ordered this electrical manual to try and learn the new way of car wiring systems. It is a great manual for learning all about your vehicles electrical system. From the back up alarm to the fog lights and all and everything in between! Shows pictures, diagrams, how to do's, and web sites if you are having a problem understanding. Goes from basics of wiring to technician type wiring. All understandable!
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This is a good, fairly comprehensive book on basic automotive wiring. It gives enough information that you can proceed without always having a schematic or a step by step, connect the dots, diagram. Well worth the cost.
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I never tried to pull apart the wires under the hood of my car or work on anything electrical. It was a mystery to me what happened there but with the help of this great book from Haynes my truck is no longer under 'voodoo magic' fit only for the high priced wizards at the Ford shop! I would still take one of those very hard to understand problems that pop up then go away. I can't even start to understand them even the tech at my local Ford dealer ship has trouble with it, but this is a great book and helped to get me there. I know what he is taking about because I had my hand on it as well. I recommend this book.
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This is a must have in my opinion if you own a car, it's general information covers everything you must know about anything that goes wrong in older vehicles before they started putting a bunch of sensors and computers inside of vehicles. Definitely Recommend
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If you have no clue whatsoever about electricity and cars then this book will be a first step to understanding. I bought this book years ago when there were not that many books on the subject available but since then far better books have come on the market and if you can only afford one or just want to buy one book then I suggest tracy martins book. I hope I dont give the impression that this is a bad book, it isnt, the problem is it is neither good or bad its just a simple overview.
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