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The Hack Mechanic
Guide to European
Automotive Electrical Systems

by Rob Siegel
with Bentley Publishers

Softcover, 8 1/2 in. x 11 in.
over 400 pages
over 400 photos and illustrations
ISBN-13: 978-0-8376-1751-0
Price: $49.95

The Hack Mechanic Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems

Includes Audi, BMW, Mercedes, MINI, Porsche, VW

Electrical issues in European cars can be intimidating. The Hack Mechanic Guide to European Automotive Electrical Systems offers a car-person's guide to how electrical systems work and gives step-by-step coaching on electrical diagnosis and repair.

Supported by hundreds of full-color illustrations, the Hack Mechanic's approach balances theory with practical ways to get things done. Detailed, hands-on advice will arm you with the confidence to tackle projects like adding a new circuit, measuring voltage drops, or figuring out if you have a bad fuel pump relay.

a focus on European vehicles leverages the common elements of the DIN system, similar schematic diagrams, and German component makers such as Bosch. The principles discussed, however, can be applied to most conventional internal-combustion-engined vehicles spanning the past six decades.

Hack Mechanic Wisdom on

  • Battery
  • Circuits
  • Starter
  • Alternator
  • Ignition
  • Switches & Relays
  • Fuses
  • Modules & Buses
  • How to Make Wire Repairs
  • Wiring Harnesses
  • DIN Standard
  • Multimeters & Related Tools
  • Energy Diagnosis & Parasitic Drain
  • And Much More

Step-by-Step Testing for

  • Temperature Sensors
  • Throttle Position Sensors
  • Crankshaft & Camshaft Position Sensors
  • Oxygen Sensors
  • Wheel Speed Sensors
  • Mass Airflow Sensors
  • Ignition Stick Coils
  • Fuel Injectors
  • Fuel Pumps
  • Solenoids

This book applies to gasoline and diesel powered internal combustion engine vehicles. Not intended for hybrid or electric vehicles.

Battery voltage should be about 12.6 V DC with the engine off (Chapter 2, Battery)
Battery voltage should be about 12.6 V DC with the engine off (Chapter 2, "Battery")
Using a multimeter to check for voltage at a device in a circuit (Chapter 8, Troubleshooting)
Using a multimeter to check for voltage at a device in a circuit (Chapter 8, "Troubleshooting")
The BMW X3's power distribution box with one MEGA and two MIDI bolt-down fuses (Chapter 10, Fuses)
The BMW X3's power distribution box with one MEGA and two MIDI bolt-down fuses (Chapter 10, "Fuses")
Hack Mechanic Euro Auto Elect Sys
Hack Mechanic Euro Auto Elect Sys
BSIN: BHME
ISBN: 0-8376-1751-0 (ISBN-10)
ISBN: 978-0-8376-1751-0 (ISBN-13)
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