December 17, 2022 4 min read


If you’ve seen anyone who does automotive wiring for a living, they’d easily tell you that it’s not necessarily the easiest job to handle. Some people find it incredibly easy to master, while others believe that it can be excessively tedious.

However, even though you start with hating some of the common automotive electrical connections, you could easily grow to like them with practice. Automotive connections aren’t so different from other types of electrical connections, and as time goes on, it becomes incredibly easy for you to maneuver them.

List of Tools for Automotive Wiring


Just as well, one of the most important things you want to keep in mind is having the right tools for the job. If you’re an electrician looking to venture into automotive wiring, we have a list of tools you’d want to make use of going forward that can help to make your work incredibly easier.


Test light - To Conduct Troubleshooting 

When it comes to conducting troubleshooting and repair tasks, not many tools can do the work of a test light.

Traditional test lights aren’t so expensive, and they can easily tell you if a wire is receiving enough power - or any power at all. With some test lights, you can actually do both - get a reading on whether a wire is getting enough power, as well as how much power the wire is actually getting.

With one of these in hand, you can easily alleviate the stress of testing and probing different wires.


Multi-Meter - To Complete Your Set Up

The multi-meter usually works with the test light. So, even if you have one of the latter on hand, you’d still need a multi-meter to complete your setup.

With a multi-meter, it’s easy to test metrics like wire resistance and other key characteristics. This helps you ascertain that your components are in proper and complete working order.

Like test lights, multi-meters aren’t so expensive. And, despite their low cost, they easily give you enough bang for your buck.


T-tap wire connectors - To Connect Wires Safely

A t-tap wire connector is a critical tool that makes it easy for you to tap into an electrical circuit in an existing wire.

Vehicles are every bit as electrical as they are mechanical. And sometimes, one electrical component gets sub-optimal. With a t-tap wire connector, you can rest assured that the necessary connections can still be made as you fix a car. You can also find a waterproof wire connector that helps to project your circuit against elements of weather.

With a t-tap wire connector, you have an efficient and affordable way of connecting existing wired to new ones without worrying about the safety of soldering. So, if you’re asking, “Is soldering better than connectors,” you don’t have to worry with a t-tap wire connector.


Wire stripper - Add Connections and Splice Them

When it comes to automotive wiring, stripping is definitely one thing you’ll be doing a lot of. With stripping, you will be able to add connections and splice them into existing circuits. In terms of how to splice wires, these tools are incredibly important.

We all know the traditional wire strippers available at automotive stores. While they have their flaws, they definitely get the job done nonetheless. And considering the importance of wire stripping, you can always count on these tools to come in handy.



Wire crimper - For a Solid Connection


Most wire strippers have crimpers built into them. These tools work well if you have a time crunch, and they help to deform the wire materials in order to create a connection between two wires.

Nothing gets you more annoyed than making a connection and having it fall apart in little to no time. With a crimper, you can rest assured that the connections you make are as solid and reliable as possible.


Wiring station - Organize Your Self

When it comes to wiring automobiles, you definitely want to be prepared. And in your car’s electrical system, there are several wire gauges and lengths available. Sometimes, you find yourself in a new area making repairs that you never really thought you’d have to make. In cases like these, having a good stock of wires can be all the difference.


Wire connector set

So, you already went to the parts store to get a length of wire, and you’re back home only to discover that you don’t have the right connector.

With a wire connector set, you never have to worry about this anymore. They are incredibly affordable, and they provide you with access to all the wires you need when the time comes to make repairs.


Traditional screwdrivers

If you’ll be working with fasteners as part of your automotive repair, then you’ll need screwdrivers to help make your work easier.

The best part about screwdrivers is that you have different types. Some are even multipurpose, allowing you to use them for multiple functions - including working with wires and electrical components.


Fish tapes

Fish tapes are important when it comes to securing wires and making them safer to use. They are especially critical when it comes to working with live circuits, and they help to keep you safe while also optimizing the process of routing wires.


Measuring devices

Like every other form of electrical work, automotive electrical repair requires a lot of measuring work. You need to measure voltage and circuit levels, as well as several other critical metrics that affect your work directly.

Of course, there are several measuring devices available when you’re dealing with automotive electrical repair. At the end of the day, knowing which one is needed for the specific task is what matters.


 


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