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Roland Jackson
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:13 am    Post subject: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have racked my brain trying to think of a way to clean terminal connector ends. They are corroded to the point of being green. Anyone have any ideas?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:21 am    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Roland Jackson wrote:
(quoted from post at 15:13:37 09/28/08) I have racked my brain trying to think of a way to clean terminal connector ends. They are corroded to the point of being green. Anyone have any ideas?

Roland

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CNC makes a good cleaner for connectors or pencil erasers also work good if you can get at the connectors well enough.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:59 am    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Rolland , wire brush or steel wool ? Or if they're that bad , I'd cut out the bad areas & replace them . That's why I always advise people to use a dielectic grease on each & every connection & contact point . Having been an electrician for years I ran into situations like you have now . Dielectric grease .Hth ! God bless, Ken
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:13 pm    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Roland.......you can gitt stainless wire-toothbrushes to mechanically "abraid" the corroded connector. Then flush with CRC electrical spray or CRC brake spray. (both non-corrosive and non-deposit) Then protect yer nice and new terminals with non-corrosive silicon greese, like DC-4. They also use the same sorta stuff for hi-amp electrical stubs for electric stove wiring. go shopping.

Iff'n yer talking battery terminals, flush with baking soda water and use battery terminal spray. go shopping .......Dell
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:43 pm    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a trailer I use once a year the plug does not make a good contact.I can not get a wire brush in there what to do?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 4:23 pm    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a suggestion, but it is probably too long winded for you. :)
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:07 pm    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

To get the right kind of grease, go to anyplace where they sell aluminum entrance cable. They should have the grease REQUIRED by the electrical code to be used on ALL aluminum wire going into a clamp, like on the buss bars in the panel. This grease is conductive, which is what you need.

As a point for clarification, in electronics, a dielectric is on insulator, that is it will NOT conduct current. Both dielectric and conductive greases are used depending upon application. Most often you will see a grease being used between a heat sink and a high power semiconductor/computer chip/etc. to promote heat transfer since since grease will displace the air, a poor heat conductor, between the sink and semiconductor. IF the grease is conductive, then the sink must be insulated, often not practical plus it could mean that the sink has high voltage on it and possibly dangerous. Thus you are more apt to run into dielectric grease in electronics than house wiring.

I keep contacts for both the plug and receptacle for my trailer coated with the aluminum corrosion prevention paste. I also put a wad of plastic bag in the receptacle to fill up the space and keep dirt and moisture out.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use a brush on the male parts and a drill bit on the female parts. Works good. I suppose a dremel with the appropriate little wire wheel and bit would also work well. Ron
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:50 pm    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

RGM.......I use a 22-cal gun cleaning brush for them itty-bitty trailer plugs. Simple, eh?.....Dell
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:56 am    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I picked up some electrical contact cleaner and electrical grease at the local auto parts store. I went through the harley and tractor a couple of years ago on every connection including the bulb sockets. I found 3 on the bike that could have left me stranded. Clean any corroded terminals with wire brush as suggested, clean with contact cleaner, apply electrical grease.

Good luck
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:41 am    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Once ya get it clean.. dab it with vasolene or grease...

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: What can I use to clean electrical connectors? Dell? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

david bross wrote:
(quoted from post at 12:56:09 09/29/08) I picked up some electrical contact cleaner and electrical grease at the local auto parts store. I went through the harley and tractor a couple of years ago on every connection including the bulb sockets. I found 3 on the bike that could have left me stranded. Clean any corroded terminals with wire brush as suggested, clean with contact cleaner, apply electrical grease.

Good luck


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