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Old 20 Dec 2003, 03:32 pm
Bill B. Johnson
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Default Need advice re: testing equipment

Sarah's father does not have hardly any car repair equipment but does have
an excellent collection of tools. He has a OBD II scanner. He also has a
timing light and a device (multimeter) to test the voltage of his battery.
He also has a repair manual for the Mustang. I want to
buy him a device for less than a $100.00. What device should I buy him for
Christmas to help him figure out what is wrong if his fairly new Ford
Mustang develops a problem?
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Old 22 Dec 2003, 09:05 am
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>"Bill B. Johnson
> Sarah's father does not have hardly any car repair equipment but does have
> an excellent collection of tools. He has a OBD II scanner. He also has a
> timing light and a device (multimeter) to test the voltage of his battery.
> He also has a repair manual for the Mustang. I want to
> buy him a device for less than a $100.00. What device should I buy him for
> Christmas to help him figure out what is wrong if his fairly new Ford
> Mustang develops a problem?


Device or devices? How about devices...

Electronic error free jumper cable $10 after rebate
Digital probe kits $15 or
Digital probe kits $0.50 homemade 400-Ohm, LED
Battery bubble balls charge tester $6
Aligator jumper clip lead $2
Spark gap tester $16 ??
A jug of water mist $2
Compression set $15
Stethoscopes $15
Bubble gums $1
Paper clips $1
Test light $3
Ammeter $?
WD-40 $3
Acids $5

How to use these items...priceless...

I don't buy most of these, I make them. So I can't be accurate on prices. I
used to have most of these until they either got lost or stolen. And I wish
Santas sees this list so I get some too.
Indy








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Old 22 Dec 2003, 07:47 pm
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Default Re: Need advice re: testing equipment

In article <046a106b483a3ae236b28edd6b4c39ad@news.bubbanews.c om>, "Indian
Summer" <Almonds@pistachios.com> wrote:

> >"Bill B. Johnson
> > Sarah's father does not have hardly any car repair equipment but does have
> > an excellent collection of tools. He has a OBD II scanner. He also has a
> > timing light and a device (multimeter) to test the voltage of his battery.
> > He also has a repair manual for the Mustang. I want to
> > buy him a device for less than a $100.00. What device should I buy him for
> > Christmas to help him figure out what is wrong if his fairly new Ford
> > Mustang develops a problem?

>
> Device or devices? How about devices...
>
> Electronic error free jumper cable $10 after rebate
> Digital probe kits $15 or
> Digital probe kits $0.50 homemade 400-Ohm, LED
> Battery bubble balls charge tester $6
> Aligator jumper clip lead $2
> Spark gap tester $16 ??
> A jug of water mist $2
> Compression set $15
> Stethoscopes $15
> Bubble gums $1
> Paper clips $1
> Test light $3
> Ammeter $?
> WD-40 $3
> Acids $5
>
> How to use these items...priceless...
>
> I don't buy most of these, I make them. So I can't be accurate on prices. I
> used to have most of these until they either got lost or stolen. And I wish
> Santas sees this list so I get some too.
> Indy


Thanks for the info. If anyone else has gift suggestions for Sarah's
dad--please post your response. What do you use a digital probe kit for??
What do you probe??
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Old 22 Dec 2003, 08:08 pm
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Default Re: Need advice re: testing equipment

That collection of tools include a torque wrench?

I think I'm going to finally add one to my collection of tools this year. It
will be used exclusively when repairing and maintaining my car.

"Bill B. Johnson" <billbjohnson555@nospamhotmail.com> wrote
> Sarah's father does not have hardly any car repair equipment but does have
> an excellent collection of tools. He has a OBD II scanner. He also has a
> timing light and a device (multimeter) to test the voltage of his battery.
> He also has a repair manual for the Mustang. I want to
> buy him a device for less than a $100.00. What device should I buy him for
> Christmas to help him figure out what is wrong if his fairly new Ford
> Mustang develops a problem?



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Old 23 Dec 2003, 12:53 am
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Default Re: Need advice re: testing equipment

> "Bill B. Johnson" <billbjohnson555@nospamhotmail.com> wrote
> > Sarah's father does not have hardly any car repair equipment but does

have
> > an excellent collection of tools. He has a OBD II scanner. He also has a
> > timing light and a device (multimeter) to test the voltage of his

battery.
> > He also has a repair manual for the Mustang. I want to
> > buy him a device for less than a $100.00. What device should I buy him

for
> > Christmas to help him figure out what is wrong if his fairly new Ford
> > Mustang develops a problem?

>
>"Caroline"
> That collection of tools include a torque wrench?
>
> I think I'm going to finally add one to my collection of tools this year.

It
> will be used exclusively when repairing and maintaining my car.


Harbor freight sells identical 1/2" clicking torque wrench for $12 sometimes
vs $45 at Autozone. If I were to spend $50, It'll be Craftsman. Also, a
problem with most 1/2 torque wrench is the inability to go under 10 lbs. I
keep another set for this purpose. In your case you could hook up a spring
scale.


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Old 23 Dec 2003, 12:53 am
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>"Bill B. Johnson" wrote in message
>>"Indian Summer" wrote:
> > >"Bill B. Johnson
> > > Sarah's father...What device should I buy him for
> > > Christmas to help him figure out what is wrong if his fairly new Ford
> > > Mustang develops a problem?

> >
> > Digital probe kits $15 or
> > Digital probe kits $0.50 homemade 400-Ohm, LED
> > How to use these items...priceless...

>
>What do you use a digital probe kit for??


Good questions. Few frequents in this newsgroup mention digital diagnostics.
I use them for circuit projects, diagnosing TV, stereos, radios, reading
pulsating automotive electronics below 5V.

> What do you probe??


For automotive application:

Courtesy control units.
Timer units.
ECU
TCU
Igniter inputs
and more...

A practical use on automobiles is the igniter input test. This test
guarantees that a signal is reaching the igniter. Speed sensors, immobilzers
are a few good examples. Probing any circuit is safe and cause no damage.
Imagine hooking a test light into an igniter which usually can't handle no
more than 300 mA. I feel very blind without this tool that's why I learn to
build them even on a deserted island.







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