Electronics Basics

Based on many conversations I’ve had with people over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that, of all the elements that go into a car, electricity is, by a wide margin, the most misunderstood. And not just by the layman, either. Electricity is a hang up for technicians and...

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An overview of the electrical system

Someone once said a car needs only two things to run — fuel and electricity. Well, OK, three things, if you count air. But the point is this: A car depends on only these three things for basic operation. “How can that be?” you ask. "Today’s cars are so complicated." Well,...

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The Role of Electricity in the automobile

Electricity in the automobile
In the past, electrical systems were basically stand-alone. For example, the ignition system was only responsible for supplying the voltage needed to fire the spark plugs. Ignition timing was controlled by vacuum and mechanical advance systems. Today there are very few electrical systems that are still independent. Today, most manufactures network...

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Why Become an Electrical System Technician?

Electrical System Technician
In the past it was possible for technicians to work their entire careers and be able to almost completely avoid the vehicle's electrical systems. They would specialize in engines, steering/suspension, or brakes. Today there is not a system on the vehicle that is immune to the role of electrical circuits....

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