How to Wire an Ammeter into a Car How to Wire an Ammeter into a Car
Whether you own a performance sports car or a motorcycle, an ammeter can be a very handy gauge to have. This tool will help you determine whether or not your alternator and battery are working in harmony. These meters are used in many cars where there are multiple pieces of equipment that are dependent on the battery. Although some cars come with a very simple ammeter already installed, for those that make additions to their car or motorcycle, it is recommended that you wire up a more professional style of meter to ensure that everything is functioning properly and your battery is staying charged. For some components, it is very important that they do not lose power, as items that incorporate the use of computers may reset to default settings if they lose power entirely, which could harm the performance of your motorcycle or car. By installing an ammeter, you can put your mind at ease that you are on top of your voltage needs.
Step 1: Battery Terminal Disconnect
With your materials in a place where all tools and such can be reached easily, you should locate the battery terminal on the positive side. The positive terminal is usually red and is indicated by a plus sign beside of it. Once you have located the terminal, take either your socket wrench or screwdriver and disconnect your positive terminal from the battery post. This will ensure that you will not shock yourself if any wires cross that are not supposed to.
Step 2: Connecting the Wire
Once you have your positive terminal disconnected from the battery post, you will then connect one end of the red fourteen gauge wire to the positive battery post. Make sure that the eyelet fits snugly over the post and will make proper contact once the positive battery wire is reconnected. After you have connected your red fourteen gauge wire to your battery post, take the other end and connect it to your ammeter terminal. Remember to stay consistent with your connections because you don’t want your wires to cross. After you have connected both wires, you should hand tighten the nuts just in case you have to repeat any steps later on.
Step 3: Connecting the Ammeter to the Alternator
With your positive battery terminal now connected to the ammeter, you are ready to connect the next wire. Take your other piece of red fourteen gauge wire and connect it to the other terminal of the ammeter. Once you have connected it to the ammeter, you will then connect it to the alternator terminal post. After this is complete, you can tighten all of your fittings, and your project should be complete.