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Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems (Workbench Series)

by Tony Candela

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This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
First off a disclaimer: I was sent this book to review.

This is a well written book with quality diagrams and pictures.
The book starts with simple projects like adding interior lighting, and goes on to headlights, electronic gauges, cooling fans, upgrading the alternator and ultimately installing an aftermarket wiring harness.
Not only does the book deal with installing new projects, it also has large sections on testing existing wiring and switches to tell if they need repair/replacing. For example in the section on headlights, he has 6 pages on doing Voltage Drop Calculations to see if there are problems with your existing headlight wiring system, and if so, where exactly the problem is located.

I hope to put some of these projects to good use this fall.
  ZechariahStover | Jul 29, 2015 |
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Candela's work, like his writing is beautiful. The pictures of his work in progress, and the results make me want to run out and buy the parts just to see the results. truly works of art. But I would rather get Vol. 1 of the same title just to clarify the terms and techniques he uses to walk the reader through the projects in this book. Yes, he is thorough in his text, but I feel a little lost at times. Based on what he has done in this book I think Vol. 1 would make this a complete course in electrical and electronics for automobiles.

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  thosgpetri | Jul 19, 2015 |
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I did not read Vol. 1 but if you have basic DIY skills you can definitely pick up with Vol. 2. I had no issues following the book and it would work well for basic level DIY. The book uses diagrams along with text explanation well. The book is not an overall/general DIY because it does give specific projects but you can use the specific project descriptions for other similar projects. Overall pretty easy to follow, which is the most important part of books like this. ( )
  Katherine87 | Jul 7, 2015 |
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If you're a the type of person that likes to tinker on their car but you're not very experienced with the electrical aspect of things, this book is for you. This volume outlines several projects that someone might want to perform on their vehicle and gives clear, step by step instructions for how to do them. Even with minimal experience with automotive wiring, I will have no problem following the guidance in this book.

These are specific projects with detailed instructions, so if you're looking for a more generic guide on automotive wiring this isn't going to satisfy you, the first book in this series by the same author covers that subject and together the pair would make an excellent reference for the home mechanic. ( )
  Sougent | Jun 22, 2015 |
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First, full disclosure: I received a free copy of this Early Reviewer book by mistake. I was browsing the LT list of available books on my smart phone and must have accidentally hit the "request it" button. The change to "requested" status really doesn't show up on that small screen. I love classic cars, but I know nothing about automotive wiring; the fact that this is Vol. 2 places me at a further disadvantage, as it assumes either having read Vol. 1 or having some knowledge of the subject.

Nonetheless, I've given the book a good looking-over (it's not the sort of thing you read cover-to-cover like a novel) and I am reasonably impressed. The writing seems clear and concise: there are step-by-step instructions accompanied by clear photos of each step. There are also schematics (wiring diagrams), and the author includes a handy key to the standard symbols used in schematics.

The author begins with a note on safety, which I appreciate. He is very clear about what the book is and what it isn't. It's designed more for the person working on classic cars (pre-onboard-computer-era) rather than for those working on modern vehicles. He says it up-front at the start, that working on the more computerized cars requires a lot of specialized equipment and know-how that the average person just will not have. However, to work on those older, classic models, these are projects that can be done in a typical garage. He brings that point home by using photos of the work all taken in his and his friends' garages, not the more professional installations that he has had access to.

This is a step-by-step guide to doing specific wiring projects. The chapters are: Adding a Basic Circuit to Any Hot Rod; Performance Lighting; Performance Guages; Electric Fans; High-Performance Charging Systems; and Aftermarket Wiring Harness. There's also a Source Guide for the comapnies whose parts and components are used in the projects.

There is at least one project where he does not have a key component for the project at the time of writing. At first this struck me as odd, but I imagine it is useful how he shows the way to prepare and work around that while waiting for a component to arrive. One project also is designed to facilitate a later planned upgrade. He also discusses finding problems which drain voltage, things that may not be obvious unless one is looking at the overall electrical system. I would think this is all useful knowledge for the classic car buff who is alway upgrading his or her favorite vehicle.

The author does tend to recommend specific products for use. This may be handy for those who want clear easy-to-follow instruction, but may irk those who prefer other brands.
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