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Equipment Used During Installation

The following is meant as a guide to what tools you may be required to own, should you choose to fit vehicle security systems ( or any auto-electric accessory).

Mains voltage 50watt (min) soldering irons

50 Watt Soldering IronUsed to melt solder when joining security system wires to wires in the vehicle, recommend using a 60/40 resin core solder. A soldering station like the one pictured will keep the hot tip off the ground, however they are designed for bench top work and can seem too delicate.

Gas soldering irons

Excellent if performing mobile installations. With no need for extension leads, and unlike battery power soldering iron - they can be re-charged within seconds. Gas soldering iron require much more maintenance than other irons.

Battery powered soldering iron

Leave them to the home hobbyist. The temperature output would be considered warm, they are slow to recharge and always run out of power exactly when you need it the most.

Lead light

Allows you to see your vehicle's wiring. Preferably run from mains power, fluorescent light with a ballast system contained within the mains plug. Lights with the ballast in the hand piece run live mains voltages through the whole length of the power cable. If the light power lead is slammed in the vehicle's door, the will become live if the insulation is broken. This goes for mains voltage bulb lead lights.

Rechargable torch (flash light)

Are good when you don't have access to mains, but remember to keep a spare battery on charge.

12volt Globe Test Light

Allows you probe wires to which you will connect your security system's wires to. These are great because you can trigger relays and central locking controllers.

LED test light

These are also known as 'Airbag Safe". The utilise the very high impedance input circuitry found in CMOS IC's. Therefore unlike the globe lights they will not trigger airbag or seatbelt pre-tensioning firing mechanisms.

RULE OF THUMB - never probe any wires cased in YELLOW sleeving.

Insulation tape

Insulates the newly made connections. Make no mistake cheap insulation tape is a recipe for disaster. As the temperature inside the vehicle increases, cheap tape adhesive tends to "let go". If your main power wire becomes exposed and contacts with the metal chassis behind the dash, it may result in at worst an electrical fire.

Side cutters

Used to break circuits when connecting the immobilisation wires. Side cutters should be heavy duty, you may be required to cut 5mm wire. With a bit of experience side cutters can also be used to strip sections of insulation from wires.

Wire strippers

Used to remove insulation from wires before soldering. When splicing wires , joint strength is increased if the original vehicle remains unbroken. A good pair of strippers similar to the one illustrated will strip a 20mm section of wire without breaking circuit. Different types of wire strippers are released every year, check your tool supplier for better and better designs.