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Automotive electrical systems can seem a mystery, if not a black art, to the weekend mechanic and even to a number of experienced pros. From Ohm’s Law and an explanation of 12-volt systems to specific electrical scenarios and more, Martin thoroughly dissects the automotive electrical system and explains the various tools needed for diagnoses and repairs, such as multimeters, voltmeters, timing lights, coil testers, lab scopes, and more. Also included:
- Storage batteries
- Charging and starting systems
- Ignition systems
- Fuel injection
- Reading wiring diagrams
When it comes automotive electrics, readers need never fear being lost in lost in the dark again. Whether you have a bad ground, an amp draw, or some other gremlin, How to Diagnose and Repair Automotive Electrical Systems is the best tool available for understanding and diagnosing electrical problems.
The Motorbooks Workshop series covers topics that engage and interest car and motorcycle enthusiasts. Written by subject-matter experts and illustrated with step-by-step and how-it’s-done reference images, Motorbooks Workshop is the ultimate resource for how-to know-how.
From the Publisher
How to Diagnose and Repair Automotive Electrical Systems
This first section is intended to provide a bare-bones explanation of general electrical theory and how basic direct current (DC) electricity operates in an automobile. It’s not important to understand electricity inside and out—a subject many books cover in excruciating detail— but it is important to have a basic understanding of how to apply a practical working knowledge of electricity in order to diagnose and repair electrical malfunctions that show up in your car or truck.
An in-depth examination of electrical theory is far more complex and cumbersome than the practical “hands-on” premise offered in this book. Therefore, apologies are offered in advance to readers with more than a working knowledge of electricity or electronics since this book takes certain liberties and shortcuts with electrical science. For all electronically challenged mortals, Chapter 1 on Ohm’s Law is a hot-rod version of how 12-volt automotive electrical systems operate. Then, Chapter 2 on voltage drop testing cuts to the chase by showing how to apply the information learned in the context of solving real automotive problems. In fact, all subjects covered in this book relate in some way to basic theories discussed in chapters 1 and 2. So, if brainfade
starts to set in while reading more detailed sections on wiring diagrams or electronic fuel injection diagnosis, a revisit to these chapters for an electrical theory “tune-up” may prove helpful.
Publisher:Motorbooks; First edition (November 10, 2005)
Item Weight:1.15 pounds
Dimensions:8.3 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches