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Wiring for Reliability

Mark Stielow's Malitude Gets One Step Closer to the Road

Wiring a vehicle is like bringing it to life, providing veins and capillaries for its electrical lifeblood. Imagine if someone did a crummy job of laying out your veins in your own body? Now, we're not looking to get into a religious argument here, but you get my point--treat the project car and its wiring like it's truly yours and you'll work that much harder to get it right!

My Malibu with attitude that I'm calling "Malitude" is getting that much closer to hitting the street, but I still don't I enjoy this particular step. There's a lot of attention to detail and it's very black and white--it works or it doesn't. If it all works, it is a great feeling. But, if you turn on the wipers and nothing happens, you have to start troubleshooting. Is the wiper motor bad? Is the switch bad? Did I wire it wrong? It can be hard to tell, but you still have to figure it out.

That's why I like to do one system at a time and check the functionality as I go. It makes it easier to troubleshoot and keeps you motivated with many small victories along the way, instead of facing frustration. I like to start with the easy stuff, like getting the lights to work. It's nice to be able to hit the turn signal and see the light flash, an affirming move to reinforce you know what you're doing. Just as when I did this in my home shop, say, "Okay, now that works, so let's get after the more complicated stuff," and check out the meat in the captions.

Auto Meter
667 West 100 North
Box 717
UT  84627
Original Parts Group  (800) 243-
Detroit Speed and Engineering
Painless Performance Products
Electromotive, Inc.
9131 Sentreville Rd.
VA  20110
TCI Automotive
151 Industrial Dr.
MS  38603
Everglades Performance Engineering
2050 N. Andrews
Suite 107, Dept. SC Web
Pompano Beach
FL  33069
Wires and Pliers
8415 McClements Rd., Dept. SC Web
MI  48144
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