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Wiring Components and Tools - Wiring Basics

Tips For A Successful Wiring Job

By Jim Rizzo

Wiring Tools
Anyone that's going to attempt a major, or minor for that matter, wiring job should invest in the proper tools. Quality wire strippers, terminal crimpers, a good test light, and a soldering gun beat the heck out of stripping wire with a penknife or your teeth, crimping terminals with a pair of pliers, assuming a circuit is live, and soldering with a cigarette lighter.

The Number One Problem
You can just about bet that the cause of 90 percent of all automotive electrical gremlins is caused by a bad grounding situation. Always keep in mind that a circuit, any circuit, has to be complete. This means that the current has to be able to travel from true ground to the positive side of the energy source in order to operate. Never rely on just the negative battery cable as the only ground, always incorporate a separate ground from the engine block to the chassis.

SOURCES
American Autowire
150 Heller Pl., #17
W. Bellmawr
NJ  08031
Painless Performance
2501 Ludelle St.
Fort Worth
Te  76105
M&H Electric Fabricators
www.wiringharness.com
By Jim Rizzo
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