How to Install an Aftermarket Car Stereo

Part 1: Preparing to install your Car Stereo
The most common customization that many people put in their car is a new car stereo. Most will have their car stereo professionally installed spending up to hundreds more on top of the cost of the stereo. For many, though, the added cost of installation means that they cannot get the stereo that they want at this time. Installing your own car stereo can save you a lot of money, and you can make it look just as nice as a professional installation. All you need is a couple of tools, a few parts, and a little time. Taking a little time to prepare ahead of time will save you a lot of time during the installation.

Your New Car Stereo:
When you decide on what car stereo you want to install in your car, take the time to ensure that it will fit into your car. Some cars will only accept a “Single DIN” car stereo, meaning it will only accept the standard rectangular size. Others will accept up to a 1.5 DIN, 2 DIN, 2.5 DIN, etc… If your car will only accept up to 1.5 DIN, you must choose a single or 1.5 DIN stereo.

In-Dash Receiver Kit:
This is a kit that will allow your dash to physically secure your new Stereo. Many older cars will use a universal kit, but any car that has A/C controls built into the stereo face, a trim piece that acts as the face, or an opening that is not square or rectangle, you will need a kit that is specifically customized for your car. A note of caution here, there are many manufacturers of kits out there. You can find kits for the same car that look the same ranging in price from $10-$50.

In many cases the cheaper kits do not fit as securely allowing the stereo to move around as you drive or do not allow the stereo to fit all the way into the dash as it should. In either case you are risking damage to the stereo, dash, or other equipment behind the dash. This can cause more expense than the Stereo originally cost in repair bills. I suggest ordering a kit from a trusted source such as Crutchfield or JC Whitney or picking one up at a local reputable car stereo shop. Most from discount stores you should stay away from. There are exceptions but unless you know the difference, it is safer to stay away from them.

Wiring Harness Adapter:
In most cars there is a simple harness with 1-3 plugs that the back of your stereo. This harness contains all of the speaker, light dimming, power wires and sometimes other accessory inputs you need for your stereo connections. The adapter contains the proper connection for your new stereo to plug into this harness. If you opt out of purchasing this adapter, you will have to cut the connectors off of your car’s harness and hard wire your stereo into the wiring. In my opinion, the adapter is well worth the price. It allows you to return the car to the stock radio at any time if you ever wish to. In some cases, this adapter will be included in the In-Dash Receiver Kit.

Car Stereo Installation Tool Kit:
You can buy these as a kit or the components separately. The first thing you will need is an interior trim tool kit. These kits allow you to remove the interior trim pieces without breaking them. They come in either metal or plastic tools. The metal are easier to use, but the plastic will not scratch your pieces. The next tool you will need is a tool to remove the old Stereo. Most cars will require a DIN tool, check to see what tool your car requires before purchasing. Without a DIN tool, you aren’t going to be able to pull your original head unit out. Next you will need a basic electrical kit. This should include a multimeter, wire strippers and crimpers, splicing connectors, and electrical tape. In some cases you will also need screwdrivers and pliers as well. All of these tool kit pieces will also be used to install speakers, amplifiers, or any other additional custom electronic accessories you wish to install in your car, so they are not a 1 time usage tool.

Parts Bins:
Using a “Parts Bin” is a highly recommended step. One of the hardest things to keep track of is each different fastener, bolt, and nut. Keeping them all in a bin is an easy way to ensure you do not lose any. When possible I like to take this one step farther and each trim piece has its own bin with its own fasteners. This way there is no question on what fastener goes with what part.

Time:
Be sure to give yourself a few hours to complete your installation. Actual installation time will vary by each individual car, each individual stereo and the experience of the installer. If you do not give yourself enough time to complete the installation, you will find yourself rushed to finish. This is where errors happen. You should always allow yourself enough time to “take it slow”. In most cases you will not need a few hours to install, but you will want to take the time once completed to test your new stereo, setup the clock, EQ settings and other options that it has, doing this right away will help enhance the listening experience later.

Installation Environment:
This is a preparation step that many overlook. Where are you going to do the installation at? When are you going to do the installation? What is the temperature? How is the lighting? These are all important preparation questions. Most people will not have access to a cooled/heated garage with tons of lighting to perform their installation. They will be performing it at home. If you live in an apartment, you have an additional concern. In many cases apartments have a “No working on cars” clause in the lease agreement.

This means you can actually be forced to stop after you have begun. Find out from your apartment office before you begin if you can work on the stereo. What time of day/time of year are you going to do the installation? If it is in the summer where it is 100°F you will be very hot and sweaty. After a while you will want to be done and begin to rush things. If you do not have access to a climate controlled garage, try to find a shady area with a fan to blow air on you, or a portable heater to heat the area around you. Having a small drop light that you can position in the car with you helps more than most expect, even if you are out in the bright sunlight, there are a lot of shaded areas inside the car dash.

Part 2: Installing your Car Stereo
The most common customization that many people put in their car is a new car stereo. Most will have their car stereo professionally installed spending up to hundreds more on top of the cost of the stereo. For many, though, the added cost of installation means that they cannot get the stereo that they want at this time. Installing your own car stereo can save you a lot of money, and you can make it look just as nice as a professional installation. All you need is a couple of tools, a few parts, and a little time. Now that you have completed your preparations you are ready to begin the installation.

Disconnect the Battery:
Disconnect your NEGATIVE battery cable. This step is necessary to ensure that you do not cause any damage to your new stereo or to the battery from surges while you are working.

Remove the Trim Pieces from your Cars Dash:
Using your Trim tools, gently remove all required Trim Pieces from your cars dash to expose the original car stereo. Your In-Dash receiver kit often times will have instructions on what pieces you need to remove. Check these instructions for any guidance. Ensure you keep all fasteners and trim pieces organized. Using a parts bin or other dedicated storage location that is not easily knocked over and not in the way while you are working. It may seem like an unnecessary step for many pieces but I have spent hours looking for a lost clip or had to go to the dealership to purchase a damaged piece. In either case, that extra minute proved to be so valuable.

Remove the Car Stereo:
Using your DIN tool (or other specific tool), remove the original car stereo. There are holes on the sides for you to insert the tools into. Once you have them inserted, pull outwards (to the left and right) on the tool. Gently, but firmly begin to pull the original car stereo out. When the old stereo begins to slide out, grab the sides of the stereo and continue to pull it all of the way out while supporting it. Do not just yank it out. Bring it out slowly until it is completely free. Once you have it completely out, unplug all of the connections and set your old stereo to the side.

Install Your In-Dash Receiver Kit:
Read the instructions carefully and fully before you begin. This step is very critical in maintaining a professional look for the installation. Use the trim removal tools to disassemble any additional trim pieces that are required that have not yet been removed. Following the directions, install the In-Dash Receiver Kit. Your new pieces should align and snap in easily. If they do not, take the time to find out why they do not and correct the issue. For any kit that requires tightening nuts or bolts to mount, be sure you do not over torque these as this can cause damage to your pieces and cause alignment issues.

Install Mounting Sleeve:
The Mounting Sleeve is part of the In-Dash Receiver Kit or part of the new Stereo. In some cases you will have one with the stereo and one with the kit. It is always best to compare the 2 and decide which one will fit the stereo the most securely and will fit the kit most securely. This sleeve is generally a metal cage that the new stereo will actually mount to. Install the sleeve to the kit. Ensure the kit and the sleeve are secure to each other and to the cars dash. If either piece is loose or not square, adjust each until both are correct.

Install Wiring Harness Adapters:
Now that the Car is prepped for the new stereo, now is the time to begin the Stereo Preparation. Remove the Stereo from the packaging and locate the wire harness for it. Some stereos will have this permanently attached while others will have it a separate plug. In either case you need to attach the wires from the Wiring Harness adapter to the wires from the stereo. In most cases the wires will use a standard color system so it may be just as easy as matching the colors. Take the time to double check each wire. This is not a step to shortcut or to use the wrong items. Use Wire connectors for each wire. Do not just twist together and tape. If you do the best you can hope for is less than optimum audio quality, worst is you can start an electrical fire under your dash. Use the proper wire connectors and heat shrink (tubing that shrinks when you heat it) to seal the connections.

Install Your New Stereo:
Now you are ready to connect your new Stereo to the cars wire harness. Plug the Wiring harness adapter into the harness you unplugged from the original stereo and into the new stereo if it is not already attached. You should have enough wire to set your stereo down somewhere nearby. Reconnect your Battery contact and tighten it down tight. Loose battery connections are one of the leading causes of electrical issues in cars.

Test Your New Stereo:
At this point everything should be connected back together with the radio connected but not in the dash. Turn on the radio and make sure all the speakers work and any other supported items work, such as dimming the display when the lights are on. Once the testing is complete, turn the key off and slide the new stereo into the Mounting Sleeve in the dash. Be sure to tuck the wires into the dash as you do this. The stereo should slide in easily without binding. If you have any binding, pull it back out and check the reason for the binding. When fully seated, the stereo will lock to the mounting sleeve and be secure.


Car Monitor Installation Explained

One of the most important things that you will need to contemplate before even attempting to install a regular car DVD monitor, or perform a challenging headrest monitor install, is what type of tools will be required for the job. Even though each vehicle and each car monitor system is different there are still some fundamental items you will most likely need to successfully complete the car monitor installation process. The majority of projects you will require needle nose pliers, a flat head screwdriver, a Philips-head screwdriver, and a combination wire crimp and strip tool. Other tools to consider are a panel tool, utility knife, ratchet/socket set, drill/bit set and a torque driver set as well. Keep in mind that this is only a short list of the more basic tools that are needed and numerous other tools may also be needed as you proceed with your install job.

Firstly, you need to begin by thoroughly reading the instructions and make sure to study any schematics supplied with the car DVD monitor to make sure you completely understand the whole process of successfully installing it properly.

Even though there are many makes and models of car DVD monitors on the market, they are still usually composed of 3 essential components. These include the DVD player itself, the LCD or TFT monitor, and the audio system. Furthermore, you will need to understand that there are 4 main different types of installations that will cause you to experience 4 varying degrees of difficulty.

They are as follows:

2 DIN Car Monitor System

The term ‘DIN’ is actually an internationally accepted standard for in-dash car multimedia units. The number 2 in front of the DIN basically means that it is a standard double deck slot size.

This particular type of system is mounted into the dashboard of a vehicle and will most likely make it slightly more difficult to install, especially if you are attempting to do it from scratch. Since a double DIN car monitor system contains the largest and most aesthetically pleasing screen for your entertainment needs it is probably worth all the effort.

2DIN car monitors, for the most part, are composed of a flat screen and a built-in DVD player. They also have an amplifier built right into the dashboard unit as well. You may discover that more unit mounts and connectors are required to get the car monitor to be seated in its slot snugly. Installation of this popular style of system needs a lot of re-wiring. If the outer edges of the monitor are too large or too small for a non-standard stereo slot then you may have to perform a custom resizing or remodelling of the dash to make sure the unit fits properly without any problems. A good rule of thumb is to double or even triple check the dimensions of your dashboard slot before even buying a brand new car monitor to install. This way you do not waste time or money.

In the process of your car monitor install you will most likely have to run wires from the head unit all the way to the individual speakers in the front, side and rear of your vehicle. All other secondary input devices, such as backup cameras or Bluetooth kits, will also require this. A crucial thing you must account for is to make sure that you are not running a wire to both ends of the emergency break cable since it is considered to be illegal in most countries to be able to operate the monitor when the car is in motion. The only exception to this rule would be that you are running a rear view camera while reversing your car. A final note is that you will also need to wire the car monitor player to the power supply of your vehicle.

1 DIN Car Monitor System

This particular type of car monitor is very much akin to the 2 DIN since it is also mounted into a dashboard and is necessitates a great deal of wiring to have it installed correctly. Be that as it may, the 1DIN car monitor player only takes up ½ of the needed space of a 2DIN unit. Even though it sounds easier to attempt this type of car monitor installation you may need to customize the slot size in the dash to make sure it fits tightly into its designated spot. Similar to the 2 DIN car monitor system it is made up of a color TFT or LCD screen, DVD player and amplifier. All the connections, mounting brackets, and wiring are definitely required but may not always be included by the manufacturer in your purchase.

Alternative Design Car Monitors

This class of car monitors is much less difficult to install than the 1or 2 DIN monitors but it will still pose you with some unique issues. While it is true that you do not need to fit the new electrical components to existing parts of the vehicle you are still required to perform a significant amount of wiring and rewiring to make sure the system is properly hooked up to an adequate power supply and stereo system to maximize your mobile multimedia experience. This type of car monitors installation you will require screws, wires, and adhesive.

For a headrest monitor install you will need to detach the fitted headrest from the seat and run power and connection wires down through the hole. The majority of cars or trucks should allow you to remove the cover off the bottom of the seat and put an unwound clothes hanger up through the slot to locate the cable and pull it out. After that you can run the wire under the carpet to the main head unit in the dashboard or directly to another connection box in another spot in your car.

Other unique car monitors, such as a sun visor DVD monitor or overhead car DVD monitor, will require you to consider other important factors such as how to fix the player to the ceiling of your car and how to wire the DVD monitor so that the cables cannot be seen by the passengers. When mounting the roof monitor you will need to install it in the center of the vehicle for maximum strength. Then you will need to conceal the wires beneath the ceiling panels by running them from the head unit to the dash or power supply. As you can see, this may require a lot of work as some panels and maybe even the seatbelt will have to be removed. Sun visor DVD monitors are not as hard to mount since the wires do not have to be extended too far to be attached to the power source or main adaptor. But they will still need some careful attention when removing and re-attaching car panels.

Clip-On Car Monitors

This one is the simplest and most flexible type of monitor to install when it comes to moving from place to place. They usually include headrest, sun visor and even arm rest car monitors. You should be able to plug a clip-on monitor into a cigarette lighter and clip them onto their designated location.

Now that you have a much better idea of the 4 types of car monitor installations you need to consider some important things.

The provided tips and tricks information is only a tiny portion of the things that you will need to know to aid you in an installation process. Installing a car DVD system is not something to be performed lightly, especially when you are attempting to install a 1 or 2 DIN car monitor or trying to perform a complicated headrest monitor install.

If you are serious about accurately installing a DVD multimedia player, and have the correct resources to attempt it, it is of utmost importance that you work methodically and carefully to avoid any confusion or unnecessary delays.

Some things to consider are:

1. Researching the installation project: Read over and make sure you understand all the instructions for the components you are going to install. A good idea is to go online and search to see if anybody has attempted any wiring plans for your particular vehicle make and model.

2. Prepare for the assignment before you begin: If you are trying to install a 1 or 2 DIN install you will need to ensure you have all the necessary tools, accessories and wires. In addition, you will also need to give yourself a few days without any distractions to thoroughly complete the job.

3. Remove existing components carefully and skilfully: It is important that you do not lose any crucial parts or damage your old stereo system unless you plan to keep the car monitor in your vehicle when you resell it later on. Laying out panels and parts in relation to their location on the car with all their screws on the panel will greatly reduce searching time in your installation process.

4. Keep your work neat and tidy: When wiring or rewiring make sure that the wires themselves are as tight as possible and prevent them from coiling up.

People who rush head first into a car monitor installation project will usually find themselves stuck in a time consuming project which frequently ends up with undesired and often unsafe results.

There is absolutely nothing worse than a vehicle with wires scattered all the way through it. A professional installer would always makes sure that wires were tidied away somewhere behind the paneling of the car in nice neat straight lines. By carefully preparing and taking the time to properly do a car monitor install you can achieve similar results. Also, it is important to be aware of audio and visual problems that could come up from hastily assembled systems. Problems that may arise can include black holes in sound, flickering screens, or loose rattling components just to name a few.

If you don`t take the time to perform a car monitor install correctly it can be a safety hazard to the system, the car and ultimately yourself. If 2 wires are exposed they can short circuit each other and cause your new in-car DVD player to be inoperable. Wires that have been placed too closely together, in a faulty car monitor installation, for too long of a time period will fuse generating a temperature so hot it can combust causing a car fire. So play it safe and follow these helpful tips and strategies in attempting a proper car or headrest monitor install.


How To Install A Car Amplifier From Start To Finish

If you love good music blasting as you drive, then you probably know how irritating distorted music can get especially when you are trying to enjoy your favorite song playing on the radio. Connecting a good car amplifier is the best solution you can find to improve the sound system in your car. A car amplifier installation guide can help you do the installation correctly all by yourself or you can have the installation handled by professionals if you are not sure. If you are mechanically inclined and would like to try it yourself, then you will also find car amplifier installation tips helpful to get it all done successfully.

Step 1 – Choose your amplifier. No work should begin until you have found the best amplifier for your car. A good amplifier should make the sound louder and sharper and more crisp. The RMS power and number of channels are some of the considerations to make when choosing. Remember, a 4 channel amplifier is made to run 4 standard in-car speakers. A 2 channel or single channel/Mono amplifier is made to run one or more subwoofers.

Step 2 – Identify the amplifier location. When choosing where to place the amplifier, remember that it should be within 12 feet from your stereo receiver to keep interference minimal. Ventilation should also be considered. The best areas for the amplifier include the rear cargo area or under the front seats.

Step 3 – Get your amplifier wiring kit. There is no way you will get the work done right without the right tools The wiring kit should include important items such as grounding cable, power cable, signal cable, fuse, ring terminals, turn on wire, self-strapping screws, fuse holder and grommets. Other tools needed to install a car amplifier are wire strippers, wireless drill, panel removal tools like screw drivers and a digital multi meter.

Step 4 – Start the installation. Disconnect the negative terminal of your car battery to avoid electrification. The battery will of course be the power source for the amplifier and should remain disabled. You can then connect the power cable to the positive terminal of the battery ensuring the fuse isn’t connected to your fuse holder without a ring terminal. Drill a hole in the fire wall in a safe location at least 4 inches away from the vehicles main harness. After you’ve drilled the hole safely use a grommet that matches the size of your wire and slide it into the hole. You can run it through a firewall hole and under the carpeting along the floor edge before resting it besides the amplifier.

Step 5 – Set up a signal cable. Run the cable behind the empty stereo head compartment under the carpet and to the amplifier. Connect the turn on wire to the receiver and signal cable to the stereo receiver’s back and replace the receiver in its place.

Step 6 – Connect your grounding cable. Grounding is important to keep electrical hazards at bay considering that the amplifier does produce electricity. Attach an end to a spot on the amplifier and secure the other end using a ring on the car chassis.

Step 7 – Connect the car speakers. This should be done with a high quality speaker wire through the designated outputs on amplifiers and inputs on speakers. You can connect as many speakers as the amplifier can hold.

Step 8 – Finish the installation. Mount the amplifier using the self-tapping screws and attach the power cable, signal cable and the turn on wire to your amplifier. Install the fuse on the battery and close the protective sheath covering wired connections to it in case there is a sheath present. Start enjoying your sound blasts.


How to Maintain Your Car Alternator

Virtually all cars built in recent years have AC generators, commonly called alternators.

The alternator electrical system represents a high achievement in obtaining the most electrical power from a minimum draw on engine output. It has been termed the ultimate electrical power source for automotive use.

The alternator offers the potential for longer battery life in addition to its primary advantage – higher output. The higher output is due to the comparatively low weight of the rotor and coil assembly allowing greater pulley ratios for higher rpm. The result, of course, is higher output – even at engine idle. Maintaining the advantage an alternate gives your electrical system is just a matter of knowing the alternator and keeping it in top tune.

The alternator is no harder to tune than the generator. If trouble is apparent, you don’t usually have to replace the entire unit. The unit breaks into two parts – the stator and rotor – allowing you to replace the one that is giving the trouble.

In many cases, you don’t even have to replace one of those major components. A common problem, low output, is normally traced to either of two things: a slipping fan belt or defective diodes (rectifiers).

Fan belt tension is critical with the alternator. Always make sure the belt is in good condition and adjusted to specification.

The one precaution you must keep in mind when working with the alternator is guarding against reserve polarity. Reserve polarity of the alternator or the battery for even an instant and you stand a chance of burning out the rectifiers. To prevent accidental grounding, furthermore, you should always use insulated tools when working in the area of the alternator.

Following adjustment of the fan belt, turn your attention to the regulator. Make sure all connections at this unit are tight. Follow this by checking the condition of the regulator points. If you find they’re burned or pitted, you’ll have to replace the regulator. Now, check and tighten all connections including those to the ignition switch, the ballast resistor, the regulator and the conducting surfaces of the fuse and holder.

Unscrew the brushes from the alternator and inspect them for wear. If worn, replace them.

In some cars, the brushes can be removed from the alternator with the unit in the car. Unscrewing the external cap screws, to which the brushes are attached, does this. In other cars, the unit must be removed from the car to reach the brushes, which can then be unscrewed.

If it becomes necessary to take the unit apart, remove it from the car and split it open, separating the stator from the rotor. Test the rectifiers first. This can be done with a commercial diode tester, although you can also use any continuity tester, such as an ohmmeter or a test lamp that plug into household current.

If a diode is defective, it must be replaced. This requires special tools and should be left to professional shop.

Next inspect the stator wiring carefully for breaks. To be absolutely sure there are none, you should test from the stator leads to the stator core with a 110-volt test lamp or other suitable tester. If the lamp lights, the stator is grounded and should be replaced.

Finally, test the field windings in the rotor part of the alternator. This is done with an ammeter hooked to the alternator battery output terminal while turning the rotor shaft by hand. The correct field current draw should be recorded on the meter. This reading differs from car to car, so check your service manual.

The above description tells you what to do if you are not getting output from the alternator. However, there are things a faultily adjusted or malfunctioning alternator can cause – most can be checked on the car.


Tips On How To Fix An Overheating Car Amplifier

It’s common for the car amplifier to overheat especially when you overwork it. In some cases the amp gets too hot such that you can’t touch the cover. Sometimes you can even smell a burning smell. If this is the case with your amp, you should highly consider fixing it.

How To Fix An Overheating Car Amplifier

You should start by locating the cooling fan. You should look at the blades and confirm if they are spinning. If they aren’t, the fan is most likely faulty. You should look at the fan internally and ensure that the connector is connected to the connector socket. If everything is working well and the fan still fails to work, you need to replace it.

You also need to look at the ventilation vents which are usually at the sides of the car amplifier. You should take a look at them and confirm if they are blocked by dust. If there is dust you should remove it to allow hot air to escape out of the housing.

The final thing that you should do is to check the location of the amp. As rule of thumb you should ensure that it’s placed in a well ventilated area so that its able to get rid of heat efficiently. You should also ensure that there isn’t anything placed on top of the amp.

Tips On How To Prevent Your Car Amp From Overheating

It’s always said that protection is better than cure. To ensure that your unit is working properly you need to ensure that it’s protected from overheating. There are many ways in which you can do this with the main ones being:

Ensuring that the amp has the appropriate fuse to prevent power from reaching it in the event that there is a short or mechanical problem.

When on a long trip you should turn the amp off periodically. The best times to turn of the amp is when you stop for gas.

Get a forced air cooling system. This is a powerful cooling system that rarely fails to work.

Conclusion

These are tips on how to fix an overheating car amplifier. Remember that substandard units tend to fail more often than high quality products; therefore, when buying your amp always ensure that you buy it from a reputable store. You should also ensure that you buy the highest quality amp that you can afford.


Getting The Best Audio Visual Installation

Audio visual services come in very handy in different occasions and events. The equipment used ensure that people get a clear sight and audio of what is happening or whatever is being presented regardless of the crowd. It is through the audio visual equipment that huge crowds are managed without the need for everyone to be near the speaker at the event. They can be placed in strategic areas of the grounds or location so that all people in attendance can be catered to.

The system can also be installed in homes to enhance enjoyment. But the most common areas where the installations are needed are in sports stadiums, retail outlets, military bases, training rooms, schools, colleges, boardrooms and even motor dealerships. The systems are used to pass across important messages or presentations depending on the demands of location or client needs. This industry has a number of installation and equipment that can be used to match the needs at hand. Some of them are

· Digital posters or video walls

· Digital projectors

· Smart screens and touch screens

· Digital visualizers

· White boards

· PA solutions or sound systems

· Lighting solutions

· Security enclosures for screens

Whatever your need is, there are a few considerations that you should make to make sure that you get the best installations for your needs. Here are a few of those important aspects that you should pay attention to.

To hire or buy – Most of the audio visual equipment can be very expensive, hence are best hired if you have a onetime event or events that are not that regular. You should, however consider buying the equipment you need if you run a business that requires you have them round the clock. Whether hiring or buying, choose suppliers and installers you can fully rely on.

Your specific needs – The event you have or the needs you need to serve using the audio visual installation will determine the equipment you need to serve all your needs. Choose suppliers and installers who have everything that you need for your event. It is much easier to hire everything you need from one supplier as it can also attract discounts to you apart from saving you time looking for everything you need.

The installation – Choose a company that does not only offer quality equipment, but one that also has qualified installers to handle your needs. The installers should be able to determine the number of systems needed and the perfect locations for them within your location besides getting it right with all connections that are necessary. If you are not familiar with operating the audio visual systems, consider the services of technicians for the event or some sort of training from them to take you through the basics of operating if you need the installation for long term use.

The team – A good audio visual company should be made up of engineers, programmers and designers who can customize your system to match your specific needs and preferences. Look at the qualification and experience of the team when making your decision.


Top 5 Tips For Choosing The Most Cost-Effective Car DVD GPS System

To make the driving trek all the more intriguing, casual and agreeable, now numerous car proprietors want to introduce an updated car DVD GPS route in the vehicle. As a rule, a multi-functional car DVD player GPS unit will offer you different sound and video alternatives, as well as some right hand capacities for enhancing driving security.

When you require a DVD GPS route for your time on the road, but don’t want to waste time and money on choosing one, then what should you do? If you happen to read this article, then following suggestions about how to get a reasonable price Car DVD GPS and achieve the most from the deal may do some help to you.

  1. Firstly, find some coupons.
    As you may know, many sellers will give out various coupons to attract customers and promote sales. Sometimes, the more coupons you get, the less money you will pay for your DVD GPS head unit. There are many coupons website, where you can find coupons for various products offered by different sellers. Local newspapers are also available for you to choose. Of course, you can directly get the coupons from local stores. Find some coupons for the DVD GPS you choose, and they would help you save a lot of money.
  2. Choose online shopping.
    Nowadays, shopping online is becoming increasingly popular. There are a plenty of products online available for your choice, and generally, they would be much cheaper than those sold in local stores. Today many online stores are also selling car DVD GPS, such as Amazon, eBay and some professional automotive electronics online shops. They usually provide the discount to help you save more money. What’s better, shopping online allows you do shopping at home, very convenient and time-saving.
  3. Compare the online stores.
    Although there are so many online stores available for your purchase of DVD GPS, you need to select the best one that offers the most cost-effective items. So, spend some time to check some of the sites and compare them carefully before you purchase. It quite deserves for you to do this.
  4. Pay attention to the quality.
    Quality is as important as price. While choosing a cheaper in dash car DVD GPS, you mustn’t ignore the quality problems. Sometimes the cheap product may save your money for the buying moment, but it may not last for a long time. Generally, viewing some user ratings and reviews may help you judge whether it is worth buying.
  5. Features you need.
    The quality and price, another important factor you should consider are the features you need. It’s really no need to choose an auto DVD GPS player that has functions you don’t use a high price. Pick one that has only the features you really need. This can also save you a little money.

In addition, you can also enjoy all the digital files stored on your flash drive or SD card via the USB port and SD slot. Its virtual CDC function makes it possible to store 6 audio disks in the unit while you are listening to music, giving the benefits of extended playing time and more selection. With the PIP function, you can use 2 functions and run two windows at the same time on the DVD screen. For example, you can listen to music or radio while in navigation. What’s more, the unit can be connected with other additional monitors such as the headrest monitor via the 2-zone function, which is really great for rear passengers.


What to Look for in a Car Audio

If you want to boost the dashboard tech, then you need to pay some attention to the car audio. When you do this, then you will have a completely new experience. There are some features that you should concentrate on when you want to choose only the best.

The receiveris the main component and it is referred to as the deck or the head unit. It is the heart and the brain of the system. This is what you end up interacting with as you use your car. The receiver locks the audio sources, the expandability, and the features of all other systems. Here are some of the tips that can help you end up with the best.

Audio sources

You need to determine what audio sources you use often. Consider if it will be necessary to have a CD player, whether you need DVD playback and so on. Consider whether you want to use digital media too. After you decide on this, then you need to choose whether you want a traditional receiver for the discs, a matchless receiver, or an A/V receiver.

If you settle for a CD player, there are still odds that a passenger may want a media player or may want to plug their phone while in the car. It is sensible to have a receiver that also has a port for USB so as to make it possible to use different storage devices.

Smartphone and app integration

Today, smartphones are very common, and so are the apps. It is, therefore, a good idea to have a receiver that connects to your phone. You should look for a USB port and make sure that it actually supports your device. Make sure that the receiver is compatible with your device before making the switch. If you are a heavy app user, then ensure that the receiver you settle for has some controls for the apps. These should be accessible to you regardless of whether you are on the road or not.

Satellite and local radio

Most receivers have AM/FM radios that can access the local stations. If you want to improve this, then choose one with HD radio decoding. This improves the audio quality of your local stations because they use digital format. It also makes it possible for you to choose different digital subprograms. This gives you access to more stations.

Navigation and GPS

The receivers are not only about playing music. They can also assist you when you want to make your way around by making use of the GPS navigation. Make sure the GPS module that has been set in the receiver is able to assist you and give you the correct directions.

Physical controls and dimensions

It is important to think about the physical dimensions of the receiver. There are options that will use very little space while others will take up more. If you want DVD playback, app mirroring, and GPS navigation, then the receiver will end up occupying more space. You need to consider the controls too. While a touch screen could be a convenient idea, it may not work well when you are on the road.


How To Repair Your Car’s Power Windows

As you’re driving down the turnpike and approaching the tollbooth, you reach for the switch to lower your window and nothing happens. The switch moves but the window does not budge. Not even a noise from the window motor can be heard which strongly suggests to you that the device is not functioning. You must stop your car and open up the door to pay the attendant before continuing on your trip. Thoughts of an expensive car repair bill are dancing through your head, putting you in a foul mood and tempering the anticipated fun of your getaway weekend. Don’t despair: you can repair the power window yourself and save a bundle over expensive dealership charges. Let’s take a look at the steps you can take to fix the problem yourself and save a lot of cash in the process.

Before assuming that the window regulator must be replaced you should first rule out the possibility of dirty electrical contacts. On most cars the main power for all switches goes through the master switch located at the driver’s console. Sometimes the switch is dirty causing the window to malfunction. If this is the case, take the necessary steps to clean the contact and your problem should be resolved.

Should you determine that the contacts are clean and your switch is functioning, then it is likely that the motor has burned out and is in need of replacing. Whether you are installing a Honda window regulator or a Volkswagen window regulator, or a regulator for any other make the steps involved in replacing a window regulator are usually quite similar:

1. Remove the door panel for the affected window.

2. Locate and remove the bolts holding the regulator to the door; it is likely you will have to manually lower the window in order to access the bolts.

3. Remove the old regulator, disconnect all wiring, and replace the old regulator with a new one you have purchased from a parts supplier. Shop online to find the best value as you will pay a mint if you order one through a dealership.

4. Tighten the bolts holding the new regulator and reinstall the moisture barrier. Make sure all the wires are put back in the door before closing the door panel.

5. Engage the power window switch and the new regulator should work unimpeded.

Of course, follow your car’s repair manual for specific instructions.

I’ve given to you a general outline to convince you that this is a task that even a novice mechanic can handle – in other words: you can do it! By handling the problem yourself, you’ll save plenty of money by avoiding garages who will mark up the replacement part as well as tack on several hours of labor costs to your bill. Shop online to compare prices and to receive the best shipping and handling arrangements available.


How to Replace a Power Window Regulator and Motor Assembly

When one of the power windows in your vehicle fails to function, it may be the result of a broken window regulator. If you have identified the motor as the issue, then replacing a power window motor is simple. We recommended that you review a service manual specific to the make and model of your vehicle when replacing the motor, as the methods used to disassemble car doors may vary from vehicle to vehicle.

The list of tools recommended to replace a power window regulator are as follows: Drilling tool and bits, painters tape, silicone spray, hex key magnetic, wrench, screwdriver, razor knife, white lithium grease, zip tie, magnet, plastic pry tool, socket wrench and sockets, gloves, and safety glasses.

We will review some general information before we get started on the installation directions. The first thing you will want to do is to ensure your working with a clean and dust free area. To begin, use silicone spray to clean the window run channels before installation. You’ll want to use a plastic pry tool rather than a screwdriver to remove the door panel to prevent damage. To avoid damage surface of residue, use painters tape to affix the window. Last, use a magnetic wrench and screwdriver to loosen or tighten the screws, nuts, and bolts.

There are essentially eight steps to replace a window regulator and motor assembly:

  1. Remove door trim
  2. Disconnect wiring
  3. Release connecting hardware
  4. Disconnect harness plug
  5. Install new window regulator
  6. Reconnect power supply
  7. Attach the window glass
  8. Test the window

Let’s go ahead and get started on the fitting. First, remove the interior door trim panel. Be sure to retain the hardware. Gently disconnect the wiring from the components inside the door. If a protective covering exists, remove it by hand when possible. Next, raise or lower the window glass to expose the hardware that connects the window regulator to the window glass. Then, release the connecting hardware, slide the glass up and affix the window in place. Next, disconnect the harness plug for the motor and release the screws to remove the window regulator assembly. Then, install the new window regulator assembly and secure the screws. Reconnect the power supply, raise or lower the window glass to expose the hardware. Attach the window glass in place with the hardware. And lastly, run the window up and down to verify the correct range of movement and operation.