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Old April 19th, 2015, 08:56 AM
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Teach me about multimeters

I recently invested in a boatload (read: cost me a GD arm and a leg) set of hand tools. I figure I got 26 years out of my 500$ worth of craftsman tools I could afford to upgrade. And my buddy bought a lift for our shared barn/workspace, so this was my share so to speak.

I got a multimeter because I know it's something I should have and can be really handy....but I've just never used one nor am an electrical maven. Reading the manual isn't that useful either, it's simply the jiberish settings on the front of the meter in book form LOL.

Figured ya'll are a good place to start. So far I turned it on and put the leads on my tongue. Didn't do anything
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Well that's a multimeter that anyone would enjoy having in their tool kit. I have gotten by with ten buck cheapies.
Anyway, your concerns, automotively speaking, are continuity (is there flow?) and voltage (how much power?)
On that meter, you want to push the range button to 20 (cz there's only "12V" on a car), the AC DC button to DC. That's all for settings. The little horseshoe shaped icon is for resistance/continuity. You plug the black wire into the black hole, and the red wire into the hole to the far right. That will give you both voltage and continuity.
Voltage readings will be from zero to whatever.
Resistance/continuity readings are from 1 (no current) to zero (open current)
The V with the little dashes is Direct Current, which is what you have on your vehicle, so put the selector switch on that icon when checking voltage.
The V with the wavy line is for Alternating Current (household)
When checking for continuity, put the selector on the horseshoe shaped icon (readout will change to a "1")
When Checking for voltage put the selector on the V dashes (readout will change to zero)
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Wow hugely helpful! Thank you. I'm powering through some basic videos on YouTube as well. I just printed your reply and folded it up in the meter case
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Check out this cool article
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars...a4246/4314662/
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