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Copper - Posts: 244
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Posted: May 28, 2015 at 6:00 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote chassis
Good day.I am one of the million billion Electronic fanatics or whatever you may call it.I have a lot of experience that I gained from previous work places,books,net ,aswell as this site.I'm am stuyding basic electronics and when I'm done I'm going to study electronic Technician.I think you call it MECP in the US.I find it very interesting how each device works,it makes a lot more sense now that I go deeper in the field.The reason for this studies is obvious to have something behind my back.I have a question,do you guys find this studies dufficult or easy.I am so stressfull as I have a fulltime job,doing partime jobs,have a daughter to take car off and I still have to go through my text books.things just don't stick in my head.any ideas ,techniques and methods to get through this,I want to get through this once and get done with it.this is my passion,this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Do it once,do it right - This means no short cuts. You never get paid twice for having to do the job twice because it wasn't done right the first time.
howie ll 
Pot Metal - Posts: 16,466
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Posted: August 09, 2015 at 9:26 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote howie ll
Hands on forget the books.
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Copper - Posts: 244
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Posted: August 09, 2015 at 9:40 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote chassis
You know I felt so stupid after I have posted this,but after your reply I feel much more better.What makes you say that sir?
Do it once,do it right - This means no short cuts. You never get paid twice for having to do the job twice because it wasn't done right the first time.
howie ll 
Pot Metal - Posts: 16,466
Pot Metal spacespace
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Posted: August 09, 2015 at 9:44 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote howie ll
You can be a genius by reading books, but do a few good solder joints, learn to use a meter properly but most of all experience, I'm great on diagnostics for two reasons, I can "see" a circuit and I know what it's supposed to do.
With many of the morons who post in the convenience section asking why their alarm doesn't work, I feel giving them a DMM is akin to giving a 5 year old an assault rifle.
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Copper - Posts: 244
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Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:16 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote chassis
Lol..I think I must just get myself a good DMM,I like spending time with the continuity function,it helps me a lot to make all connections at one location.
Do it once,do it right - This means no short cuts. You never get paid twice for having to do the job twice because it wasn't done right the first time.
howie ll 
Pot Metal - Posts: 16,466
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Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:20 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote howie ll
That's fine it's the guys who say "well I'm getting 1.475* volts on this wire". No you're not your meter needs bloody calibrating, also we're looking for around 0 or 12 so too much information!
*Actually that's probably circuit leakage from a body control unit but who cares!
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Copper - Posts: 244
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Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:29 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote chassis
You know what really helps me and still helps me,its the notes I make when I work on a car the 1st time.I still have that little scary feeling when I work on a car the 1st time,but then I go back to your words,passive testing,and the other thing why should I feel that way if I know how a DMM works.You know its really true,the DMM is a techs best tool,its like a firearm in the army.
Do it once,do it right - This means no short cuts. You never get paid twice for having to do the job twice because it wasn't done right the first time.
howie ll 
Pot Metal - Posts: 16,466
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Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:38 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote howie ll
Yes TEST TEST TEST.
On a strange vehicle I raid all the alarm maker's sites, that's why I keep asking you to refer to Conlog, they of all people should know their way around SA market vehicles. Use their info as a crib sheet and test from there.
chassis 
Copper - Posts: 244
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Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:43 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote chassis
To be honest Howie..they are useless,they don't even sometimes have the power lock/unlock info available.I prefer to come on this site,and just retest the wires as I know some vehicles wire colors will differ.
Do it once,do it right - This means no short cuts. You never get paid twice for having to do the job twice because it wasn't done right the first time.
howie ll 
Pot Metal - Posts: 16,466
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Posted: August 09, 2015 at 10:46 AM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote howie ll
Find equivalents to your vehicle on US or European sites, then again test.
Funnily enough I always found their installer instructions to be rather an illogical nightmare.
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