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Finding Automotive Wiring Diagrams

Posted on July 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

As an owner of a car, I find myself becoming educated on the subject of automotive wiring. Since I am just about the last person who should be playing with anything that has electrical current running through it, I was hesitant to attempt to tackle the issue of automotive wiring.

However my vehicle decided otherwise when it started to randomly select electrical systems that it wanted to me tamper with. When the electric seat belts started to slide back and forth without reason as I drove down the highway, I decided I better figure out how to tamper with the electric systems, considering the exuberant rate of automotive repair.

I found myself with a decision to either, break down and spend $100 an hour for a so-called expert to look at it and try to repair it, or I could learn how the electrical system of my car worked. Considering my level of ignorance I probably was going to try to conquer the impossible. After all the only thing I knew about electrical systems is that AC/DC was a rock band and that dummies and wiring usually did not get along.

However despite my reluctance, I set out to learn what I could about automotive wiring. I quickly learned that there is a huge supply of information available on the subject of automotive wiring. A quick search on Google provided me with an array of information. There are many different levels of sites offering information.

Some sites provided a basic overview of the average electrical system of most cars. A company named Long Island Customs offered some great basic information. They stated that their information was simply for a basic understanding and not for a detailed explanation of particular models. However they actually provide some thorough information on basic systems such as AC and lighting. They also provide some great trouble shooting information.

Another site for general information on electrical systems is TBud.com. This educational website offered general programs on electrical systems in their integrated publishing section.

AllDetailDIY.com considers itself the leading source of professional diagnostic information. They offer full diagnostic flow charts of automotive electrical systems. Their charts offer both system and component perspectives.

I found a great site for individual systems that covered all American made cars from 1985 to 2009.

Wiringdiagram.com breaks it down by system, such as headlights, computer data lines and AC systems. Their individualized charts start at $5.99. They also offer information on 1960-1984 models starting at $6.99. They print the information into an Adobe PDF document and offer rushed service guaranteed to provide you with the diagrams for your particular car in less than 24 hours.

Bulldog.com offers a basic explanation of electrical information in an MS Word document; however they do not supply charts or schematics.

Two other sites that I found to offer great information were Freeauto.com and 12voltresource.com. Freeauto.com provides complete color diagnostics for most makes and models. What I found interesting(?) is freeauto will provide you these color automotive electrical charts and all the other information on their informative website for $11.99. They also assist you with basic electrical theory, electrical harnesses and test equipment.

12voltresource.com offers a CD-ROM that contains wiring systems for every car from 1979 to 2009, for only $17.98. They also offer CD-ROMs and instant downloads for specific models of cars. They only charge $14.98 for this information.

I also decided to look around to see if I could find manufacturers’ manuals that offer automotive electrical diagrams for particular makes and models. What I found was that Haynes Auto Repair Manuals offer a repair manual for just about every major make and model of car. These thorough repair manuals explain every system on particular models in an easy to understand format. I found that these manuals offer electrical charts for their models. I found Haynes manuals available at several sources including their own website for $24.95 and Barnes and Nobles for $22.95 with a membership. The best deal I found on these manuals was Books-A-Million, who offers most Haynes manuals for only $16.45.

So whether you are like me and you don’t know the first thing about automotive electrical systems or even if you are educated in electrical systems you will find these sources to be of great help. If you still desire additional information you may want to contact your local car dealer or mechanic.

Online Automotive and Diesel Higher Education Options

Posted on July 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

Working to repair and manage automobiles is a possibility for students that complete the correct training. Students can pursue online education through an automotive and diesel degree program. Several online schools provide students with training to prepare them to be experts inside the industry.

Students can earn an education to become auto mechanics, diesel mechanics, and motorcycle mechanics. The availability to start and finish a training program online makes education convenient for students. Training programs are highly awarded at the certificate and associate’s degree level of education. Students should research their options to decide on the best training path that matches their interests.

Students that work through an auto mechanic certificate or degree program will learn how to work with cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles. Certificate programs often provide a concentrated education in one specific area of the field. For example, students will study general mechanics as they learn about air conditioning or suspension repair. Troubleshooting electrical issues and mechanical problems are some main areas of focus inside a program.

Associate’s degree programs are the best way to prepare for the industry because they provide a thorough education in automotive technology. Students will learn about engines, fuel systems, wheel adjustments, and more. Some common courses that are taken within an auto mechanics program include:

  • Transmission Repair
  • Engine Performance
  • Brake Maintenance

Students that have a desire to work with trucks, construction vehicles, buses, and other heavy machinery can gain the needed skills inside a diesel mechanics program. Online schooling inside a certificate program provides students with the knowledge in basic areas such as ignition, exhaust, and intake components. Troubleshooting and repair is a high emphasis in an associate’s degree program. Training is more advanced than a certificate program providing students with the skills to enter the industry ready. Common courses that are completed include:

  • Arc Welding
  • Hydraulics
  • Diesel Electrical Components

Online training may not be offered fully online due to the amount of hands-on training that is needed to understand repair. Students are able to take general education and basic theory courses online and apply them to their diesel mechanics education.

Another specialization that can be entered into is motorcycle mechanics. Students will obtain a highly focused education where they learn how to work with motorcycles, dirt bikes, mopeds, and other small-engine vehicles. A certificate program examines how to maintain two and four stoke engines. The use of power and hand tools is covered to prepare students for repair work. Motorcycle repair for both American and foreign bikes is covered when students complete an associate’s degree program. The focus of education is to train students to diagnose problem areas and fix them. Other areas of study may include repair shop operation and repair estimation. Common courses may include:

  • Drive Systems
  • Exhaust and Emissions Control

The completed coursework inside an automotive and repair training program provides students with all the needed knowledge for a career.

Begin learning about mechanics today by enrolling in an accredited online automotive and diesel college. You can receive the best education by making sure the program you choose is fully accredited by an agency like the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence ( http://www.iatn.net/ase/ ).

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Google Likes Videos Because Their Customers Do and Automotive Advertising Agencies Need to Know It

Posted on July 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

Automotive advertising agencies are struggling to keep up with new Internet based technologies and applications being developed to maximize the R.O.I. for their auto dealer clients automotive advertising budgets and video has surfaced as the media of choice. Conventional automotive advertising focuses on maximizing the reach and frequency of a consistent message to a qualified consumer while minimizing the cost per impression and the same wisdom apply to the Internet. A challenging economy has resulted in shrinking sales volume and margins in the retail auto industry which dictates that automotive advertising agencies must leverage online resources whenever possible. The most obvious solution is to listen and learn from the search engines whose role in the process is to provide consumers with filters that provide efficiencies in their online shopping experience that promise increased relevancy and transparency in the sites that surface in their initial search results.

Search engine optimization, S.E.O., is a fluid science that is dependent on changing algorithms designed by the search engines to insure that their customers needs are met. Search engines like Google have little concern for the interests of the automotive advertising agencies who are struggling to keep up with the rules to insure that their auto dealer clients show up on page one. The trick for automotive advertising agencies to stay ahead of the search engines is to focus on the one constant that exists in both the real and the virtual world – human nature. People are creatures of habit and recent generations have grown up watching T.V. or more recently following videos on You Tube. People would rather watch an entertaining video than read copy or even listen to an audio track so common sense suggests that video is the delivery method of choice for automotive advertising agencies trying to deliver their messages on the World Wide Web.

Video has earned a weighted value on Google in response to experienced consumer preference and a comprehensive S.E.O. plan must be extended to include vS.E.O. with several new automotive advertising vendors taking advantage of the opportunity. SiSTeR Technologies Video CarLot is an example of a new video production platform that provides a scalable solution for automotive advertising agencies to place an auto dealership’s new and pre-owned inventory on the first page of a local Google search. They are able to access the pictures already posted on an auto dealer’s website and then convert them into a professional looking feature/benefit video with human voice and integrated video footage posted onto the auto dealer’s website. More importantly, the videos are interactive with multiple schema layers offering relevant information on the vehicles and they are fully indexable with dealer selected key words and Meta Tags. In addition, SiSTer uses their dedicated API with You Tube and direct links with all major third party websites to push the vehicles onto the Internet Super Highway with individual URLs. The resulting increase in online exposure form the sourcing auto dealer is obvious and it satisfies the goal of Google to offer their online customers relevant information in the media of their choice.

Several established third party inventory based websites have recognized the leveraged exposure offered by videos on the Internet and they have extended their platforms to include an optional video production application. A new website – ronsmap.com – with an expected launch at the pending 2010 NADA Convention in Orlando Florida is rumored to be planning to offer a video solution as well as a direct link to social networking media through their proprietary vBack application. Social networking has recently been named by Google as having a weighted value in their algorithms similar to video with real time postings drawn from Face Book, Twitter, etc. which suggests that Rons Map is ahead of the curve by integrating both video and social media into their automotive advertising platform.

Another use of video on the Internet that warrants honorable mention is offered by a new customer interaction patform provided by Argistics with their AutoTransaXion application. AutoTransaXion is being used by AutoNation to support their recent push to accommodate online transactions through AutoNation Direct. The solution allows an online shopper to engage in a real time two way video conversation with a personal shopper from AutoNation. The application has complete push/pull capabilities that allow the consultant to provide the same material that a customer would expect in a real world showroom to allow the customer to purchase the vehicle online and have it delivered to their home. The video portion of the application has been found to enhance the ability of the dealer’s personnel to build a relationship with the customer that was not previously possible given the obstacle of the glass wall between the customer and the dealership’s staff.

The value of the Internet has been established with statistics that support the fact that 93% of today’s car shoppers prefer shopping on the Internet Super Highway over driving to their local car row. The growing use of video and the diverse applications on the Internat that have integrated it into the online sales processes suggest that video will have a role and forward thinking automotive advertising agencies must learn to implement it into their online marketing plans.

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