The great big Loom Boom

When you think of cars being fixed in a garage, like me, you might picture mechanics with oil stained overalls holding spanners. I don’t think of a car being a computer but modern vehicles are a lot more electronic than you may realise. It is for this reason that you should try and store them out of the effects of the extremes weather such as rain and snow and utilise your garage. If your garage is need of a bit of tlc why not contact a Garage Doors Essex company and start storing your car away safely.

Auto electricians can analyze a vehicle by connecting a laptop to a car’s electronic control unit. Sometimes the problem is diagnosed quickly and is simply a loose wire or faulty part which can be replaced. The whole system is then tested to make sure everything is functioning as it should. For older cars, the auto electrician may have find the manufacturer’s manual and analyze the circuit diagrams. Clever stuff!

Auto electricians work on the various electrical components that are found in motor vehicles from the source of ignition, alarms, tracking devices, windows, mirrors and air conditioning. Sounds and other communication systems can also be installed by an auto electrician.

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The way a car works is incredibly complicated and fascinating. The electrical wiring in a car is a system of colour-coded wires called a loom. Where several wires are found side by side then they are tied together using insulating tape or plastic sleeving. These bundles of wires are clipped to the bodywork so as to remain out of the way. Occasionally the loom is divided into sections so that it can be removed and refitted section by section. Wire looms were developed to offer a solution to the ever increasing amounts of cables that were being used in electrical components.

Engineers found that holding many wires in a loom enabled them to be better secured form vibration and moisture. AS technology advanced during the 20th century, there grew a need for more bespoke wiring solutions for telephones, televisions and gramophones in the 1930’s. By the 1940’s military technology now included electrical components in things like tanks and fighter planes so looms were adapted hastily . The 1950’s saw growth in household appliances, including, air conditioning units and heating and cooling systems. Where heating and cooling occurred in the same appliance, wiring looms had to be designed precisely to shield any possible hazard.

As the technology we build into vehicles increases so will the need for skilled auto electricians. Most cars and bikes will have many electronic components controlling how it performs and the job of the electrician is to get under the bonnet and test that wiring.