How to Avoid Mistakes When Buying Connectors for Your Car
All systems inside your car are interconnected via a network of connectors or electrical wirings. A steady flow of electricity through these wires is needed in order to ensure that each car component is working properly and running smoothly. When one of these connectors is damaged, the electric current gets disrupted. Because of that, your car tends to experience certain abnormalities such as idling engine or malfunctioning headlights. You have to do something about it to prevent the spread of damage. Find a replacement connector right away and have it installed in your car. To buy the right connectors in the auto parts shop, here's what you need to do:
Determine the real cause of the problem.
There could be thousands of electrical connections inside your car. It would take so many hours to locate the wire that's causing the trouble. Good thing, there's an easier way to locate the damaged part. It's by asking a certified technician to check your car. A technician uses an automotive scan tool. It's a tool that reads the electronic data inside your car. If you have one, simply plug it in under your car's dash and wait for a few minutes while the tool evaluates the car. The readings will point you to the precise component that you need to replace. This way, you can pinpoint the problem easily and do the necessary repair right away.
Buy the right connector
The next process entails buying the connector from the store.Inside the auto parts shop, there are many different kinds of connectors that perform different tasks. You should always remember the rule of thumb when buying connectors-it is finding the size that fits in your car. One of the most common mistakes that a car owner commits is purchasing a socket and a set of wires that are not compatible with his car. To check if it's possible for a certain connector to be installed, count the number of wires in a socket and on its mounting point in the car. Some sockets have only two cables,while some have three. Always check this detail before buying sockets and wires.
Do It Yourself: Changing the Connectors in Your Car
The wire components in your car are like blood vessels or veins in your body. They are both essential in ensuring the proper functioning of all the systems and parts by distributing power or energy. When a single wire inside the car gets broken, it may result in damage that can affect the other components in your car. For instance, when the headlight socket and wire connectors conk out, the bulbs may get busted too. The headlights in your car won't work and you know that driving without them is very dangerous. That's why you have to replace the broken connectors as soon as you can.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Wire splicers
- Electrical tape
- Socket wrench
- Replacement headlight socket and wires
Step 1: Whenever you're working on the car's electrical wirings, make sure the negative terminal is always disconnected from the car's battery. Wear rubber gloves to prevent being electrocuted.
Step 2: Open the headlight assembly and take out the old socket and the bulbs. If the bulbs are still in good condition, set them aside and reinstall later.
Step 3: Carefully inspect the wirings connected to the socket and see if they are still reusable. If not, you can dispose it along with the headlight socket. However, do not cut the wires entirely. Leave about three inches of the wires to connect them to the new headlight wirings. Use a wire splicer to trim and remove the rubber coating of the wires to expose the copper cables.
Step 4: Get the new socket and splice the ends of the wires connected to it. Connect the ends of the old and the new wire by twisting them together. Take note that the wires are color color coded-you have to connect the wires according to their color. Secure the wire connections by wrapping electrical tape around them.
Step 5: Put the bulbs back into the fixture and reinstall the socket to its original mounting position. Return the headlight cover in the bumper. Connect the negative terminal to the battery.
Step 6: Start the ignition and turn the lights on. Check if the bulbs are alight. If not, examine the wire splices if they are connected properly. Go all over the procedure again to fix the problem. You might want to check the light fuse as well to see if it's working. A damaged fuse can be one of the causes why the bulbs won't work.