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Fitting a brake light warning system

You can find a variety of brake light monitors in car accessory shops. Monitor A has a separate control box and warning light. Monitor B has its control box and warning light combined and the unit is mounted on the dash. Monitor C has three warning lights that are also combined with the control box which is mounted on the dash. One of these lights indicates the brake circuit is okay while the other two warn of a fault. Brake lights are a vital warning signal to other road-users and…

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Installing central locking

These kits can be fitted to either two-or four-door cars. The kit shown below is a four-door kit and consists of: A – Master drive unit B – Other drive units C – Wiring loom D – Mounting brackets E – Link rods and clamps F – Electrical connectors and insulators G – Securing screws, clips and washers Car theft or car break-ins are always a worry to the motorist and it is wise to take every precaution against them that you can. Central door locking is a feature that…

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Fitting vehicle deadlocks

The simplest type of deadlock, such as these Cosmic locks (A), has a swinging arm that fits through slots cut in the door and door pillar. Another design is the Banham lock (B), similar to those used for house doors. It consists of a bolt that moves out to fit through holes drilled in the door and door pillar. One of the main reasons why so many cars are stolen is that a thief, even if inexperienced, can force a standard car door lock in a matter of seconds, often…

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How to fit an oil radiator

The Serckspeed kit contains hoses (A), radiator (cooler) (B), radiator mounting brackets (C) with nuts and bolts (D), adapter (sandwich block) (E), in-line thermostat (F) and plastic ties for securina hoses (G). The oil in your engine needs to be kept at an optimum temperature so it can still carry heat away from the engine and lubricate the moving parts properly. If the temperature of the oil is allowed to rise, the oil will become too thin to lubricate properly and too hot to disperse heat, and there will be…

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How to add extra car speakers

Whether you are fitting four new speakers, or just adding an extra pair to your existing system, the choice is vast. Below are some old speakers and fader controls from Pioneer. A TS-VX700 is a surface-mounted wedge-type rear speaker. B TS-R800 mounts into the rear parcel shelf. C TS-X30 is a surface-mounted rear speaker. D TS-1612 flush-mounted speaker for use in front or rear locations. E AD-940 fader control. F UD-780A fader control. The standard twin-speaker car stereo system has one obvious drawback. If you mount the speakers on the…

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Installing a turbocharger

At the heart of the turbocharger are the turbine and compressor which rotate together on the same shaft. The turbine is housed in and driven by the exhaust stream. It turns the compressor which pumps air into the engine. Critical attention is needed to the design of the centrally mounted bearing, because the turbine, compressor and shaft can rotate at speeds of up to 200,000rpm. There are two main ways to get more power from a car’s engine. The first (and until recently the most popular) is to increase the…

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Fitting a towing socket

This Ring Automotive supplementary towing socket kit is typical of those you can buy in an accessory shop. This kit includes: A 12S socket Socket sealing grommet C Mounting bracket .7-core wiring Electrical connectors F Socket bolts The combination relay (G) for charging an auxiliary battery can be bought separately. A caravan or trailer must, by law, be fitted with certain warning lights. These are wired up to a standard plug socket called a 12N socket which provides a 12 volt supply to power the indicators, stop lights, tail-lights, number-plate…

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How to install an oil temperature gauge

Oil temperature gauges can either be mechanical or electrical. Below is an example of each type of kit. The Lucas mechanical gauge kit consists of the gauge with capillary tube and sender unit (A), and adapter nut and sealing washer (B). The TIM electrical gauge kit consists of the gauge with wiring (C) —which may be mounted via brackets and fixing screws (D) or via an adhesive pad (E) — cable ties (F), sender unit (G), adapter nut (H), and nut, washers and terminal connector (I). The working temperature of…

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How to tint windows

You can tint windows by sticking on or spraying on the tinted material. Both are available in a range of colours. The film-type stick-on tint (A), is shown here in three colours; bronze, smoke (blue grey) and silver mirror tint. The Sperex spray-on type tint (B) comes in an aerosol can and is available in smoke, bronze and blue. More and more top-of-the-range cars are being fitted with tinted windows as standard. Tinted windows have practical benefits. They provide extra privacy inside the car, making it more difficult for a…

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Give you a car with tinted Windows

More and more of the top cars are equipped with colored glass Windows, because the tinted Windows has practical benefits. They can guard against the thief, avoid the outside line of sight; they help to protect the upholstery from sunlight, which might otherwise fade the fabric; and they also help keep the interior cool. You can buy ready-tinted windows from your car dealer and fit them in place of the old ones. But this is very expensive and involves a lot of work. It is simpler to tint the existing…

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