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Old 11-04-2012, 19:35   #1
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Cleaning connectors

I have a plotter and VHF ram mic located in an area that is somewhat exposed to the elements. I have noticed some corrosion beginning on the small pins and sockets of the connectors. Does anyone have a good way to clean these? Would dipping them in something like CLR work or harm them? Is it possible to get a "wire" brush fine enough to fit into the female end of the multi-pin connectors?
If I get them clean would dielectric grease help protect or would it cause more problems?

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Re: Cleaning connectors

Clr wont harm them,,just rinse off with clean water afterwards and then blow dry.
You can use a product called brake clean otherwise,,it'll blow most any contaminants off the subject part.
Also i believe you can use a Dialectric spray to protect the terminals.
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Use DeoxIT D5 spray. It is, IMO, the best by far of all the contact cleaners.
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I have a plotter and VHF ram mic located in an area that is somewhat exposed to the elements. I have noticed some corrosion beginning on the small pins and sockets of the connectors. Does anyone have a good way to clean these? Would dipping them in something like CLR work or harm them? Is it possible to get a "wire" brush fine enough to fit into the female end of the multi-pin connectors?
If I get them clean would dielectric grease help protect or would it cause more problems?

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Detoxit is very good but, $$. I do have some on board there are also many contact cleaners you can use. Usually I will just use some denatured alcohol. But, the important thing is to use a proper brush to get at the contacts. For that I like to use these:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: TOOLS OF AN ELECTRIC SAILOR: CONNECTOR CLEANING BRUSHES
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Re: Cleaning connectors

This topic interests me because my mast top B&G AWI has started to go intermittent and stop sending data. I've yet to go up the mast and do a proper inspection.... but I noticed that if I give the mast a good shake... with a halyard or the back stay I can get the AWI to begin to spew out some *pulses*... and it may actually then begin to work. To me this rules out any upstream of the AWI or the connection which is what I suspect and hope to be the problem.

But then the issue is how does one go about cleaning those sort of small male female pin type connectors... especially when half of them are up at the top of the mast?

I am about to get up there for a look see and I suspect if the male pins show some corrosion, the females will as well.

I may write to B&G and ask for some guidance / suggestions... but perhaps the collective wisdom of CF will do the job.

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Use DeoxIT D5 spray. It is, IMO, the best by far of all the contact cleaners.
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But then the issue is how does one go about cleaning those sort of small male female pin type connectors... especially when half of them are up at the top of the mast?.........Over...
Spray both connectors with your favoured contact cleaner, insert and remove the connectors a few times, spray again to wash away loosened corrosion. Refit and try.
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Re: Cleaning connectors

If you really want to go the whole hog, use DeoxIT Shield after using DeoxIT D5. Most don't bother but if you are chasing best practice, then it is hard to get better IMO.

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Is that a model 213? Those are notorious for getting moisture in them. Iv'e literally dumped water out of them. You can take the PCB out of them for a thorough cleaning/drying and hope for the best.

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Re: Cleaning connectors

Another DeoxIT fan. I find it substantially better than other contact cleaners. I use it on all press and screw connectors (e.g. not crimp) - even new ones which have often picked up some minor oxide sitting on the shelf.

In my experience, over 50% of boat electrical/instrument problems are due to a poor connection somewhere. The "baffling" ones are almost always connection problems.

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