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  • Member #1517559 / about 5 years ago / 1

    I'm trying to trace a flaw on my truck. A forum suggested that I "connect my multimeter in series with the battery." I have NO idea what this means. Obviously, the positive lead goes on the positive terminal, but where would the other lead go?

  • Member #858646 / about 8 years ago / 1


    "In this case, the meter reads 0.97, meaning this resistor has a value of 0.97kΩ, or about 1kΩ or 1000 Ω (remember you are in the 20kΩ or 20,000 Ohm mode so you need to move the decimal three places to the right or 9,900 Ohms"

    0.97kΩ = 9,900 Ohms ?!?!

  • bobdabiulder / about 9 years ago / 1

    Uhh... Sorry, but (-) isn't ground, normally. Is this a typo or are you talking in conventional plumber terms?

    • It may be a vernacular thing. It can get confusing when you have multiple references but for most of the DC circuits I teach with, '-' and 'gnd' and 'ground' get used interchangeably.

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