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How do you put a new connector on a cb cable?

I'm a truck driver and I need to replace the connector for my cb. How do I do this? Without stringing new cable is there a way to test a cable?

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  • etheridge_d Nov 14, 2008

    not the mic cable, the attenna cable.

  • etheridge_d Nov 14, 2008

    i am referring to the attennae cable, not the mic cable. This is installed on my companies volvo tractor (truck).

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Hi,
1) Get an ohm meter.
2) open the mic
3) unclamp the mic cord at the plug and slide the plug case up the cable to enable you to see the wires soldered to the plug.
4) use the ohm meter to check the wire continuity by checking each color wire one at a time. The meter should have full deflection if the wire is OK, make sure to wiggle the wire to make sure it is not intermittent.

Personally I would just change out the cord. If it is going the rest of the wires are going too.

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