In the video below, we show you an example of a SUV with RAIN-X wipers and the windshield coated with Rain-x Rain Repellent. This product can be used on any glass products. The video shows how water beads off the windshield, and with the combination of a working wiper, your view of the road will always be clear.
Adding Bluetooth or Ipod to an European vehicle is a little different than domestic vehicles. Most European brands have been using a fiber optic connection for a very long time, way before domestics and asian brands.
Fortunately, all of the cars follow the same standards – and one model will actually fit many different brands, with a flick of a dip switch or other configuration change. So that means shopping for an unit is a lot easier than the hundreds of models for non-European cars.
Unfortunately, most of the European brands are fiber optic and use a digital connection. Because of this, better equipment is needed to get the audio into your car – and usually because it is digital, it will carry digital audio along with text, playlists and album information.
The most popular item available – and probably best is the DENSION GW52MO2 , which has built in bluetooth and Ipod with USB control.
By now, you have probably seen some pretty crazy accidents on youtube, filmed on in car DVRs. Without the in car DVR systems, it would have been your word against the other driver’s word on what really happened. For drivers who commute a lot, taxi cab or uber drivers, or people driving around areas with a lot of pedestrians – and in car dvr system is an almost required item to cover your liability.
Honda and Acuras are some of the most popular cars on the road. Because of the way the manufacturer built expansion for factory cd changers into their radios, older radios in these cars can be easily retrofitted with new technology. Including AUX Mp3 plugs, Bluetooth Music Stream, Hands Free calling and more.
There are 3 types of connectors found in Hondas and Acuras. Years are usually shared.
Old M Bus type, which is a round type adapter. Around the 1992 year on up to around 1997 or so. Was used for the factory CD changer.
An example of a good M BUS Auxiliary adapter is below
In about 2003, honda changed to a white more square adapter. Sometimes this port will be taken, and the new interface will have a Y cable to Y into, (remove old cable, plug in new interface, plug in old plug into Y plug and complete installation)
There are many different tools that professional car electronic installers use in the car. We recommend specific tools, because they perform a task and it will prevent damage to your car. The most important tool usually is some short of hook tool, to tuck wires and to pull wires in hard to reach places.
Taking apart the dash is in most steps of working in a car. You need SOFT plastic tools which will not mar your dash. There are name brand ones, and generic types. The more expensive type ones will be made of better plastic and materials. You do not want to ruin your car with a nick or scar to any panels.
The sizes of bolts and screws in cars are usually standard size. Most are 10mm in Non Domestic cars and even in some domestic cars. GM vehicles are usually 7mm. Ford is usually 8mm. They use 13mm for larger bolts and sizes in between. We recommend that you get a nutholder which is magnetic so the bolts do not drop into the dash.
If you are doing anything with electronics in the car, you will need to connect wires together. The simplest way to do this is to strip two wires back, and then connect them together with a connector and then crimp down on the connector. It will insulate it and also make the connection. To give an example, to wire a radio, there are at least 4 speakers. A positive and negative for each speaker, thats 8 wires just for speakers, plus power, ground, lights. Thats at least 10 connections just to wire a radio. Be sure to buy enough product for your installation so you will not get stuck.
You will need a wire stripper and a crimping tool:
It is very important to remember, in the car — all wires are STRANDED. In the home, all wires are usually solid core. There is a difference, and you should use what is made for the car.
When you are finished with the crimping or any connection, you should seal it with good electrical tape. Better electrical tape will be thicker and will hold better in hot temperatures. We recommend 3M tape, 1700 or 33+ for the best installs.
For some alarm installations (remote starts) or for installation involving very thin wires, it is advisable to solder the wires. You should use a portable soldering iron (with the heat away from any sensitive equipment), so you can work in the car, good solder and then seal it with good electrical tape. There are name brand butane soldering irons, some recommended below
Instead of electrical tape, if you want a super good insulated finish, you can use heatshrink. You will need to buy heatshrink in the right size since they come in different diameters. Like tape, 3M is our recommended go to for Heatshrink.
If you are doing any type of testing in the car, you should do it with a digital multi meter. Do not use a test light. Most newer cars are highly sensitive and if you use a regular test light, even an LED one, it will back feed and damage circuits. There are many DMM digital multi meters. You will need one that is good for the car, DC usually– and functions that work for a car instead of buying DMMs which are designed for other purposes-such as HVAC, home installs, etc
Fluke is one of the best brands on the market at the moment.
If you are working in tight spaces, need to screw in something in a glove for example or underneath the dash, you will need a right angle bit holder for your drill
You should get a magnetic bit holder for your bits, so anything you remove will not fall and disappear into the dash when the screw is removed. If you have an impact drill, make sure you get an impact holder.