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Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems (Workbench Series) Paperback – April 2, 2009
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"We love picking up the latest automotive performance and repair book as much as the next car person, but Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems just went to the top of our list of 'must have' books in your reference library." (Modified Mustangs and Fords 2009-09-01)
"We have read this book and feel it is a great addition to the workshop." (Model A Times 2009-08-01)
"With this book as your guide, assembling, designing, and troubleshooting electrical systems is no longer an intimidating task." (Jim Hinckley Cars & Parts 2009-12-01)
"A non-brand-specific reference book that's an ideal teaching text for those who've never worked on electrical systems before -- or those who want to improve their skills. All of the tools and the proper equipment required for automotive electrical tasks are covered." (Scott Ross Corvette Fever 2009-09-01)
Wiiner of the 2009 IAMA Bronze Medal in the Technical/How-To Category (IAMA Bronze Medal Award Winner 2009-12-15)
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For many enthusiasts, automotive wiring and electrical work has been shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. This book removes the cloak of mystery surrounding automotive electrics and electronic systems, so you can easily diagnose problems, make repairs, and complete electrical projects. In clear and concise detail, this book reveals the basics of electricity principles, including voltage, amperage, resistance, and Ohm's law, so the enthusiast understands how to analyze, repair, and construct all automotive electrical circuits. All the tools and proper equipment required for automotive electrical tasks are covered. In addition, this in-depth guide explains how to perform more complex tasks, such as adding new circuits, installing aftermarket electronics, repairing complex circuits, and troubleshooting. It also explains how to complete popular wiring projects, add stereo head units, electric windows, and a range of electronic accessories. Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems is the perfect book for wiring a hot rod, modifying muscle car electrical circuits, or installing modern conveniences on performance cars. With this book in hand, you will be able to quickly and confidently perform a variety of electrical procedures.
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CON: If you are trying to wire your own car from scratch this book is not much help. It is not a step by step guide on how to wire. It will tell you basicaly what you need to have more or less but doesn't give many details on how to do it.
I am building a Chevy drag car and have to start from scratch with my electrical system. I bought this book to try to salvage a lot of the existing wiring system my car and just modify it for what I need. But I ended up buying a Painless wiring kit and the instructions that came with the kit are way more helpfull than this book was for what I am doing to my car.
#1: The book left you wanting more...more projects, more information...just...more. Which he is happy to give everyone - in the second book of this series...(sigh)
#2: Relays...they're important...they're awesome...they're the most important thing on the planet as far as Tony is concerned and when I finally learned about them, I couldn't agree more. However, for something so critically important...I felt his explanation of what the relay's job was lacked a bit of detail...maybe it was me, maybe I didn't read it well and I should go back and re-read it a couple more times...but...That being said, I read his book cover to cover and still felt I didn't quite "get" relays. One technical writeup I found online later, and I fully understood relays, how they worked, what they did and why they are just so gosh darned important in cars!
So, long and short - it's a great book, if you're like me, be prepared to look up relays online and get the real scoop...and be prepared to shell out another wad of cash for the second book that walks you through more projects and gets you a lot more hands-on.
Often when reading automotive books, I get the feeling that the author knows what they are talking about but does a poor job of putting it into words that the reader can understand. Other times, the author doesn't know what they are talking about or they are just outright wrong. This book is NOT an example of either of those. This author understands what he is talking about and knows how to explain it clearly.
If you purchased other automotive books and need one on wiring, you will be happy with this one. I am looking forward to a 2nd edition containing more projects. I'd love to see this author write a book on Engine Management (ECUs) with custom installations and tuning written in the same style as this book.
The book covers everything from basic principles to tools, connections, installations, and troubleshooting; all of which are explained using real world situations and solutions with easy to read diagrams and pictures. Nearly every scenerio that someone could run into in the field is covered. Many myths in the 12 volt field are also laid to rest.
This book would be great for anyone with any level of electronic experience. Like I said earlier, I have been in the field for a while now....and even I learned a thing or two.
After putting in some new inner fenders, I drilled them out, put in rubber grommets, and put in a pair of waterproof quick disconnects for my lights. Everything was properly soldered with heat shrink tubing applied. It looks really clean and is way more safe than anything I had done previously. I rewired the horn properly as well. Your book has given me the courage about making the decision to go ahead and buy a full kit from AAW to rewire my car next winter.
I certainly appreciate your the information in your book and will be buying volume 2 in the near future.
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