Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems

Published: April, 2009
ISBN 10: 1932498477
ISBN 13: 9781932498477
Product ID: SA160
Pages: 144
Illustrations: Over 315 Full Color Photos and 65 Diagrams

Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems is Tony Candela's first book, is published by CarTech Books and is now available for sale.  Unlike other titles on this topic, Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems has been written so that the weekend enthusiast can easily comprehend its content. In addition, several step-by-step examples accompany the text so that the reader can actually follow the steps required in their own garage on their own vehicle. Finally, over 315 full color pictures and 65 diagrams, flowcharts, and illustrations supplement the content. With this book in hand, you will be able to assemble, design, and build single and multi-function circuits and harnesses, troubleshoot and repair existing circuits, and install aftermarket systems and electronics. Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems is your essential guide for wiring a hot rod from scratch, modifying muscle car electrical circuits for cooling fans and/or power windows, or adding a premium stereo and other conveniences to modern performance cars. 

Candela had the following to say in regards to the book, “As an auto enthusiast, I meet lots of other auto enthusiasts.  Over the years, I began to realize that most of them have one thing in common – wiring is their least favorite part of any automotive project!  In December of 2007, I entered into contract with CarTech to write a book on this topic.   I wrote it so that the hands-on enthusiast had access to a title that explained this complex topic in laymen’s terms.  Interestingly enough, this effort has already opened up many opportunities for me.”

August, 2010 Update - Automotive Wiring and Electrical Systems Earns IAMA Award! CLICK HERE for details.

following is a snapshot of what you'll find SA160 rear coverbetween the covers:SA160 front cover

Basic DC Electronics
How to correctly use the tools of the trade
- test lights - incandescent & computer safe
- digital multi meter (15 PLUS pages, with step by step instructions)
Automotive Wiring Basics
- basic connections
- how to properly terminate connections - crimping & soldering both small and large gauge wire
Basic Automotive Electronics
- switches – types & use
Diagram for the electric fan circuit found in chapter 7 - relays – types & use, unlocking the mystery, how to use them in projects of all kinds
Advanced Automotive Electronics
- power door lock circuits - in depth
- power window circuits - in depth
- the charging system - in depth
- upgrading the charging system - in depth
Troubleshooting - from A to Z with numerous step by step examples
Advanced Interfaces
- interfacing aftermarket controllers with OEM power door lock & power window circuits
- upgrading headlights
- adding an auxiliary battery
Wiring harness basics
- prepping harnesses
- building a harness from scratch

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currently, the book is available for sale at these outlets:

ASN Books and Films on Cars and Bikes (the Netherlands)

Barnes & Noble - available in store and online


Boone Bridge Books

CE Auto Electric Supply (India)


Mobile Solutions

Motor Books (United Kingdom)

Original Parts Group (OPGI)

Pace Performance

the Pitstop Bookshop (Australia)

Powell's Books

Summit Racing Equipment

Tower Books

West Coast Car Audio

Year One

In addition, your local speed shop may carry the title, or have availability to special order it from CarTech.

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