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Getting laptop to stream to ecm in car

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Car alternators... Answered

Isnt a car alternator just an electric motor that is acting as a generator? is there anyway to put two old matching ones on a base, attach tires, and power them with a car battery?

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Car security ?

So I was wondering if anyone would have any knowledge on car alarms i want to make a app that will send me a notification whenever my car is messed with using a modified viper security system 

Question by gavinh6 


car stereo

can a car stereo (headunit) b powered with an xbox power brick without an amplifier? if so how do you wire it up, i can get the power light on on the head unit but it will not switch on, anybodys help would be appreciated

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Arduino Car

Hi, So in computer engineering I've got to make a arduino based car, I've added a whole bunch of features such as IR tracking, obstacle avoidance(proximity sensor), optical tracking(follow a black line), and remote control through an android based phone. Since I'm a total newbie to technology I'm having trouble. I would appreciate it if You guys can point me towards resources and arduino libraries(for coding) that will work for me. Right now for coding I've only got basic pseudo-code setup since I do not know what libraries to use. I have searched up many sketches online and looked at them but didn't really understand any of the code. Here's the basic pseudo-code I got setup on the things that I've got to work on: DC Motor (4 of em for the wheels) (I also plan to add a stepper motor for turning right and left so if you could direct me on that as well) //Import necessary library //Setup the motors and pins //If signal for forward received //Code for moving forward //Set speed //Else If signal for backward received //Code for moving backward //Set speed //Else If signal for right received (keep turning right till stop signal received) //Code for moving right //Set speed //Else If signal for left received (keep turning left till stop signal received) //Code for moving left //Set speed //Else If signal for stop is received (Should we slow down to a stop or just stop?) //Code for stop //Set speed IR (I've got transmitting and recording diodes) //Import Library //Declare Pin for the IR Sensor //While loop: Move Right //If IR signal is received //move forward //Else //Jump back to top of loop Proximity Sensor (obstacle avoidance mode) (I might either use the one from Lego kit or buy a separate one ) //Import Library //Declare Pin for proximity sensor //While Loop: Send out sonar(echolocation or whatever) every second //Is there any obstacle?   //Yes, turn right so many degrees, and go back to while loop   //No, move on forward at set speed //If you’re surrounded and cannot exit send out a message through flashing LED's ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I'm not asking for the code or for any of you to do all my stuff for me, I'm just asking for direction and resources. Thank You

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usb in car

PLEASE HELP. i am trying to find a way to install some usb ports in my car to be used as power supplies for various devices (mp3, nav systm,phone).  i hate clutter, so i'm trying to stay away from adapters for the cigarette lighter plug.  im pretty sure i need to reuce the volts and amps so i do not harm the devices.  please help. i dont even know where to begin.

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Car Audio? Answered

First off, this is a question about speakers sound quality loudness and all that stuff, it doesn't really have to do with any math or equations, just experience.  So I want some sub woofers, and after looking around I have determined that there are cheap ones, and very expensive ones.  Now, if I get a fairly affordable 15" (med quality) will it be louder/better than a 12" one that costs $900

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Gamecube car hookup with car monitor?

Hi all, I was wondering if I could hook up a gamecube with on of these:  http://www.amazon.com/Monitor-Support-Resolution-Automobile-Rear-view/dp/B006MPRFJQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid;=1370211690&sr;=8-1&keywords;=car+monitor I was just wondering how I could hook it up using one auxillary power sources. Note - we also have a usb inside the car, but we don't have an AC. Thanks, gallerdude

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How does a car key turn on a car?

I was wondering how the inside of a car "tumbler/ ignition" worked? How does it know that it is the right key? and Is there a switch to tell if the key has been turned? or is it some digital encoder?

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remote controle car

Heej everyone i have a remote controlled car but the remote is broken ( idont knwo why it just doesn't work) so i want to control it via my laptop but if i search it up on these pages there are some answers but they are too complicated so i don't get what i need to do xs can you guys help me please

Topic by jwollanders 


car speakers troubleshoot

Ok, so my back speakers of my car aren't working properly... they were working good for a while but aren't as of today... I brought both of them inside and connected them to a household stereo and they both work perfectly in that scenario but one works a lot better than the other in the car. speaker A works well when it is place on either the driver side or the passenger side, speaker B sounds weak and tinny when on either the driver side or the passenger side... Please help me out, i've been racking my brain trying to figure out why they arent working correctly in my car when they play perfectly in my house... and they are car speakers not house speakers

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Convert to Electric Car? Answered

Ok i had a powerful, fast, and great RC car, but the carb went out, i tried a different carb but it just wouldn't turn over, how can i convert it to Electric and still be fast?

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Car sound system?

Hello! I am new here. I want to know if i can connect this type of speakers ( http://m.jbl.com/products/GTO609C_JBL_US ) to this amplifier( http://www.sony.ro/electronics/amplificatoare-auto/xm-n502 ) or with this one ( http://m.jbl.com/products/GX-A3001_JBL_US?skuId=GX-A3001_JBL_US&searchMode=regularProductOnly&sCatId=cat140033 )? I want to mention that i want to buy two pairs of speakers. If no, what amplifier do i need (may i increase the impedance of the speakers instead of changing the amplifier?) Thank you!

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Car window motors

Hi guys, I don't know if I am on the right section for this kind of question, correct me if I am not. I am looking for a website that sells cars window motor, not the casing and everything, just the 12V motor itself. If anyone could help me, how many amps is there in the motor, I know its 12V, but I want the Wattage.  Thanks in advance!

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Modified RC car

I've been working on this sucker, and I have so far added a battery pack to it that consists of 8X AA NiMh rechargeables and it goes like sh*t on a stick! 13v when it's fully charged! Check it out! Wheel cam:

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Smart Car Care

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rc car building

I am interested in building an R/C car for the first time but i don't want just a standard bought kit i was more interested in buying all the parts individually can any one suggest where i start and what parts will be needed do i start with the motor or the chassis i really don't have any idea. So if anyone can give me some serious direction and helpful information on how to start and possible parts that would be great. Also could i just purchase an instruction manual for a kit and buy the parts individually instead of the kit and upgrade certain parts. thanks very much and no clever comments about how to use google my self i have tried but it just keeps sending me to self build kits and this forum site with other questions about self build kits thanks again

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Car Stereo in home

Ok, im new to all this and i was wondering if i can connect my car stereo to an xbox power brick dirrectly without any amps? and just run 4 speakers off it like its ment to? anybody any ideas on how to do it? THe actuall power cables for my stereo are: Red : Power (+) Yellow (fused) : 12v+ memory Black : GND what wires would i connect to them from the xbox power brick? i have 3 yellow, 3 black, a red and blue wire. Your help would be much appreciated everyone.

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Acrylic car paint.?

Is the water based acrylic paint my car is painted with essentially the same as the artist acrylic paint I paint pictures with?

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FAST electric cars.....

Would you believe, electric cars that are winning against their gas guzzling cousins? ...drag racers are enabling small electric vehicles to beat gasoline-powered Corvettes and VipersCharles J. Murray, Senior Technical Editor -- Design News, May 25, 2009Drag racing Electric Cars

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12v car heaters

12v 120w car heater should draw 10amp per hr and 50amp in 5 hrs , is this correct or is there other factors effects this guesstimate?

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Ac invertor for car?

Anyone know how to build a ac power inverter that plugs into a cigarette lighter in a car so you can use it to run laptops,dvd players,etc?

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mouse trap cars?

Ok my tach. ed class are making mouse trap cars!and i dont build thing =0i need some serious help give me some good ideas how to get them too go far!i am only in 7th grade make it easy !pleasethanks

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proximity car key ??

Ok so I work at a car audio shop as an installer and I see so much different stuff and do a lot of custom stuff on cars.. Ive seen a lot of cars that are keyless.. its just a key fob. when you have the fob in your pocket the car knows you are there and lets you start the car with a push button... that stuff is at least 5 years old.. now the other day a new z07 corvette came in for work and the guy handed me a fob to bring it in the shop,, nothing new at first,, but as I approached the car I heard the locks click,, so I stopped and walked back a few feet and I heard them click again... this thing is unlocking and locking on its own as I get near and away from it... And it still gets better.. after walking to and from it a few times to confirm my suspension I finally opened the door... the dash was flashing and it said welcome technician. the key I had was a valet key.. the other key fob I had welcomed the owner by name... this is really cool... I needed both fobs because I was putting a remote starter on the car and both keys are required to program it.. the valet key I had also turned on the traction control and the car wouldn't go over 40 mph... that's a lot from just a key fob... NOW FOR MY QUESTION HERE.... Is this done with rfid or some sort of proximity sensor on the fobs?? I want to build one for my car but just for the locks and push button starter... but I want to retain the factory key also..any ideas or maybe a link to an instructable?? ive searched them but cant find one for my purpose.. lots of rfid stuff though..

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hydrogen kit for a car? Answered

First is it real and i know how the hydrogen is made but does it go into the intake or something or through the fuel injectors as well as does it use the oxygen as well?

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LCD housing for car

Hello everybody! I wonder if anyone knows of a how-to on the following youtube or if anyone is currently building something similar make sure they make one :) ok the link to the youtube vid HERE Cheers Kyle

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how to make an rc car with functions of real car?

I want to know,how to make an rc car which will have all functions of real car.

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can i program a toy car to be an autonomous car?

My graduation project is an autonomous toy car . the user specify a destination by his mobile phone and the car must go to the specified destination by it's self. of course the software will be too large , so where the data like maps are going to be saved? what kind of hardware should i use? is it possible to build this autonomous car ?

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Rc car battery help?

Hi i have a 1.2v rc car batery and my car ran out of power early a then usal.So I got my voltage metre and it said the car still had 7.2v does any one know why this might be thanks.

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Rc Car baterie Help?

Hi i have a 7.2v rc car batery and my car ran out of power early a then usal.So I got my voltage metre and it said the car still had 7.2v does any one know why this might be thanks.

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Full size remote car?

I was wondering if any one knows if there is a double sided rack and pinion steering for a full size car. this would allow the car to have 2 steering wheels, one on right and one on the left. Does someone make kits for this? I reminber seeing mail cars and driver ed cars haveing this, do any one know how it is doen? thank you.    

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purpose of mousetrap powered car?

For science project need the purpose of themousetrap powered car

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shopping cart car thing

This is a forum for me to post my ideas on a shopping cart car that im designing

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Speakers working on car battery

Hello everyone, I'd like to know is this kind of setup will work properly.. I have 12 570A 70Ah car battery I'll hook it on power inverter (12VDC to 220VAC 150W) and then on speakers (220VAC 190W).  Please note the pictures, Thanks in advance!

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DIY LED car rims?

Anyone know how? like to have them behing the rims so they make it glow.......?

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vr rc spy car

I was interested in a wireless spy car to use in my backyard (to hunt for a waskaley groundhog : elmer fudd) now i was looking in Make mag and i found this( http://makezine.com/14/bajabuggy ). it really dosent tell u how. now i already have a rc car (Traxxas vxl Bandit) and i dont wont to destroy it or buy a new car it cost $300. so i wont to know how i can still use a servo without connecting it to to bandit wiring and for cheap

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Mind Control RC Car

Hi my names Paul Im doing a project on building a Mind Control RC Car using the EEG Emotiv Headset. I was planning connect the headset to the laptop and use an arduino to connect up to an interface board(im not too sure) which connects to the remote joystick.  I was wondering if anyone has done this project before and it would be so awesome to get any tips or instructions of any sort.  Thanks please let me know

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unlock car via cellphone

Can u unlock a car with a cellphone heres the situation i lock my keys in the car i call the person with the spare key and tell them to hold the key next to the cell phone and press unlock while i hold my phone next the some area of the car i have a 09 2dr wrangler (jk is the model letters) i have seen this in the int some cars it works some cars it doesnt so if any of u have done this let me know where to hold my cell phone up to the car at if its possible with this model i know they use frequencys tailored to each car so maybe a cellphone cant carry them over a phone to the car could u record the frequency and then play it back thru ur cellphone?????????

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Bluetooth adapter for car audio

Dear all, I have a Skoda audio system integrated into my Skoda which has a cd reader plus a cd changer, but  only a CD button(no AUX available). I would like to stick inside the audio system a Bluetooth receiver so I can listen to music stored in my phone. The goal is to solder a Bluetooth receiver to the audio system without loosing the cd functionality. On top of that I would like to be able to change from one source to the other without having to use an external button like a 3PDT switch. Thanks in advance, Pedro

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New to cars. please help!?

Okay! i have 3 questions. i have a ford taurus 2003. 1) is there a difference between the 2003 and 2004 model? because i cant see one 2) how does a new air intake improve your car? 3) if a body kit says its for the 2004 model will i be able to fit it on the 2003 model?

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PC speakers to car speakers?

Hi everyone, I am at a dilemma, I have 2 old PC stereo speakers, and since the rear set of speakers in my car are broken, I was thinking it was an easy transplant. However, when I took them apart, I saw that these speakers are 9V, and the car ones are (obviously) 12V, so I was thinking if it is going to fry them right away, or is it going to sing for some time and then fry them OR if it is going to be just fine. Also, these are a bit smaller (65mm in diameter) than the car's original ones, and since they are a generic brand and have no wattage rating inscribed on them, I am thinking that they require less W to power. Since the car ones are about 50W and my stereo can supply 4x50W, would that cause a problem one day if i uknowingly cranked up the volume, would that fry them aswell? I am not using anything big, just a simple stereo, with a simple output, no special equipment whatsoever. Thanks ahead everyone! EDIT: I just looked and found an inscription on the transformer in the back of the main speaker: I/P 240V ~50Hz O/P 9V ~500mA That gives me like, what 4.5W? Is that each or altogether? I am thinking these are too old/weak for this :o

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Nissan invests in electric cars

Motor-manufacturer Nissan have announced a £200 million ($330 million) investment in a factory intended to produce lithium ion batteries for electric cars.Along with the news from Nissan, Peter Mandelson (Business Secretary) said a "low-carbon economic area" would be established in the North East.As part of the project, 750 charging points would be installed across the region and a training centre specialising in the manufacture and maintenance of low-carbon vehicles would be set up. "The North East has distinguished itself as the first specialised region for ultra-low-carbon vehicles," Lord Mandelson said.The announcement from Nissan comes only days after its Japanese rival Toyota said it would start manufacturing the new Auris hybrid petrol-electric vehicle at its plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire from mid-2010. BBC storyNissan website

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LED car lighting problem!

I put some LED's in car, connected them to door sensors, but ~2V still flowing trough when door is closed (I think because sensors are grounded to frame) and LED's stay barely lit. So I need something to stop current. What would be my best option?

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Building a car sound system?

I recently got my car and want to boost the sound system by upgrading some speakers and putting an amplifier, i have 2X 30W 4OHMS 1X 350W MAX, 80W nom.  4OHMS My car has a pioneer mp3/cd player  with 4 channels(4x 45W rms) I want to bridge an amplifier to connect the 350W speaker for the rear only and use 2 channels for  the 2 front speakers. my idea is using two channels of the car player for the front. i will have 2 channels free [(left and right)rear] i would connect it to the amplifier, then bridge the amp to connect the speaker. can anyone suggest me a cheap amp to buy and tell me if my idea is correct???

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12V car battery indicator

Hi, I have been trying to design a circuit to monitor my 12V leisure car battery, I'm thinking this should be fairly simple, but its been years since I did any real electronics. So the basic idea: Use the circular bargraph to indicate the level of the battery when a momentary push button is pressed the circular LED bar graph: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11492 So the range of the battery would be something like 10.5V to 13.5V, there are 32 LEDs in pairs, so essentially 16. 1. So if we take the first LED pair, this should illuminate when less than 10.5V, so that should be easy, as long as there is some life in the battery it should illuminate 2. The next LED should only illuminate at the next step, 16 LEDs, 3V range 16/3= steps of 0.2V So at the following steps: 10.5, 10.7, 10.9, 11.1, 11.3, 11.5, 11.7, 11.9, 12.1, 12.3, 12.5, 12.7, 12.9, 13.1, 13.3, 13.5. So for 10.7V I guess I should use resistor before each LED. 3. The LEDs should light up after a momentary push switch is triggered, I would like this to be graceful, so the ring lights up smoothly one LED at a time as the voltage increases, I guess capacitors between the resistors and LEDs? This is the simplest way I can think of doing it, I have seen circuits which use a LM339 chip, but that can only monitor 4 voltages, perhaps 4 of these in series could do the job? http://www.electroschematics.com/7068/lm339-lm239-lm2901-datasheet/ I think this is the way to go rather than using inline resistor/ capacitor pairs? So I am a clear novice when it comes to electronics (but I'm enthusiastic), so if anyone can help me with this I would be more than happy to put together an instructables how to, something similar has been done before: https://www.instructables.com/id/Car-battery-tester/ In that example only one bar is lit, I want the other bars to stay lit. I can use Eagle to make the PCB diagram and get it printed, but I need to figure out what components I need and how to do it! Thanks for any help. Gary

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Need a DSLR Car mount

browsing for parts, thinking about resting it on the window itself. just looking to see if anyone has any type of ideas? This is pretty much my plan at the moment but I have to find parts for it. http://i.imgur.com/FrIGm.png But with this plan I for see 2 issues 1. The arm would most likely swing from side to side when speeding up or slowing down 2. If you wanted to record the driver, the window has to be down for this plan so wind would seriously be an issue. You could solve the first issue by using 2 arms, but windows are curved so.. im not so sure about that.

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rc car no longer accelerating?

Alright, so ive got this rc car, it runs off of a 7.2v battery pack and has variable speed and turning. it is not a hobby-grade car, but it is still something id like to hold onto. today, when i tried to drive it, i discovered it could not accelerate, forwards or reverse. it can steer fine, but trying to accelerate does nothing. ive ruled out the controller and the motor, which means the h-bridge and associated circuitry must be to blame. i tested the battery in another car of the same model (not mine), and all was well there. the h-bridge must be PWM controlled in order for there to be variable speed, so heres what im figuring: the motor is making a clicking noise when i pull the trigger on the remote, looking at the motor, it is turning very little and then stopping and then doing this again, at a fast rate. when it stops turning for that split seond it returns to the original position, because it has turned so little. i know the motor itself is fine, because i connected the battery straight to it and it spun up and turned the wheels. i have a feeling the issue lies within the PWM control. i cannot guarantee the receiver chip is fine but it seems kind of odd that it would be the part to fail; regardless i cannot find a datasheet using the numbers on the chip. if i were to try and look for an issue/failed part somewhere, where might you guys think i should start? there are a number of transistors on the board around the h-bridge, some capacitors, and a lot of resistors as well. i checked all the resistors inside the h-bridge and they are all the same value as the bands indicate, andthere are no corroded or cold solder joints. i plan to test the h-bridge on its own once i find a diagram i can reference to, that way if the h-bridge works i can rule it out and narrow the possibilities. if you need any more information please let me know.

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Blaupunkt CAR 300 specs?

Hello, I have a Blaupunkt CAR 300 car radio and I was wondering about technical specs, like amplifier, number of channels and max power. Somebody have this stuff? Thanks in advance.

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