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  • Need Help on Installing Audio Capacitor

    I bought a used 1.5 Farad Audio Capacitor off of Craigslist, and it didnt come with any instructions. I have never installed a Audio Cap before, so I have no clue what I'm doing

    I have three leads on the top, + (positive) - (negative) and then theres just a screw, which does something, but it isnt marked. Any clue what this is for?

    I would assume to install the cap, I would put it inline with an amp on the +12v line, and just ground the other side. Yes?

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      Step 1 - firmly grasp your capacitor with both hands
      Step 2 - open your trash bin nice and wide
      Step 3 - throw it in

      It's cause and effect. I'm guessing you're noticing a strain on your car's electrical system with your current install so you're getting a capacitor to try and offset this. The capacitor is simply making sure there's reserve power for the electrical components, your car is still feeling the same strain. Eventually you're going to kill your battery or set your car on fire. Throw it away.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Maheriano View Post
        Step 1 - firmly grasp your capacitor with both hands
        Step 2 - open your trash bin nice and wide
        Step 3 - throw it in

        It's cause and effect. I'm guessing you're noticing a strain on your car's electrical system with your current install so you're getting a capacitor to try and offset this. The capacitor is simply making sure there's reserve power for the electrical components, your car is still feeling the same strain. Eventually you're going to kill your battery or set your car on fire. Throw it away.
        exactly what he said!

        throw it in the bin! they cause mad strain on your car and do not do much good.

        If you are experiancing strain on your car (lights flickering) then just uprate your batterys wires to allow for better flow, like your ground from ur engine to your battery, the altornator wire to your battery, and your mains wire. uprate these to 0 Gauge wire!

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        • #5
          if you want to stabilize the power in your trailblazer, I would seriously do away with your 600watt XOVision Power Inverter, the 300watt Standard ATX Power Supply, then put an opus DCX6.250 to power your computer.

          Right now you are taking 12 volts DC and converting it to 120 Volts AC, only to bring it back to 12DC simply to run the car computer.

          That wasted energy causes unnecessary heat in your car, not to mention adding wear and tear on your vehicle's alternator and electrical system.

          Like the guys above me mentioned, find the nearest trash can to dispose of that capacitor. No hard feelings, but they're right.
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