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Cleaning connector contacts

What do you use to clean connector contacts if they have corrosion?

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It is better to replace these contacts as they will only get worse. I know ace hardware has some good contact cleaner and gloves too.

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Securitylight on a Chevy 1998 S-10 pickup comes on and stays on for a little and goes off and comes back on. What is the problem.


1) normallly they have a small relais, test for defective, the coil can be overheating and need replace. Clean the contacts where the relais is located by corrosion or oxide, with contacts cleaner. unppluged the +batteries.
2) test the relais that control the security lights for loose, or bad contacts, clean for corrosion or oxide, with contacts cleaner, tight the wires connector and clean.
3) test the wires connector from switch that turn on the security light for oxide , loose, or open, or corrosion use the test for measure continuity.
4) test the filamente from security light for continuite, the life can be finish and replace, or course tight the wires connector, clean it with contacts cleaner, remember unppluged the + batteries for to AVOID danger or injuries.
God bless you

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Jul 25, 2012 | 1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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Cleaning battery contacts to keep your laptops, portable dvd players, etc...


Cleaning battery contacts is an important general maintenance procedure and should be done about every 6 months. The following are some reasons why you should keep battery contacts clean. The steps provided in this tutorial applies to any battery operated device.

1. Cleaning the contacts keep the devices that use the batteries working properly.

2. Keeping the terminals/posts and contacts clean from corrosion can help extend the life of the battery, especially rechargeable ones.

3. Keeping the contacts clean will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Battery contacts come in different shapes, sizes, configurations, and are made from different materials. The following picture shows you some examples:

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Example of a spring end of a battery contact:

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Keeping rechargeable batteries and the contacts clean can extend the life expectancy of the batteries and keeps the device operating properly. The following is a chart that demonstrates the life expectancy for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries commonly used in laptops:

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Picture of a laptop battery and it's contacts:

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If batteries and the contacts become dirty or build up corrosion, the battery can no longer make a proper contact. This causes the battery to loose their charge faster and also prevent the device from receiving the proper voltage and prevent it from operating properly.

You can purchase products to help clean the batteries or contacts. The following shows you some examples of a battery cleaning product and a battery contact cleaning pencil. You can actually use a regular pencil eraser to clean battery contacts if you want.

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Battery contact cleaning pencil:

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Cleaning steps:

1. Make sure you have the proper tools you might need to access the batteries or contacts. Wearing gloves and eye protection is always a good safety precaution when handling batteries.

2. Make sure you have a flat, clean surface to work on with adequate lighting.

3. Remove the device cover to the battery compartment and remove the battery.

4. Check the batteries for burnt spots, leaking, bulging, cracks or breaks. If you see any of these, discard the battery because it will need to be completely replaced. These are indications that the battery is no longer serviceable and failure is imminent.

5. Check the contacts for any signs of damage such as breaks in the metal, broken springs (if applicable), etc. If any damage is found, replace the contacts before continuing to use the device.

6. Using the pencil eraser end, clean the tops and bottoms of the batteries (or if you have purchase a special battery cleaning product, follow the directions).

7. Next, tilt the device you are cleaning (if possible) so that any debris will not fall further into the device. Take the pencil and clean the contacts in an outward motion to help sweep dirt, corrosion, etc away from the device. You can use a small keyboard vacuum to help clean the inside of the battery compartment also.

8. If the pencil eraser is not cleaning the contacts due to large amounts of corrosion, you can use a small piece of metal (this should be the last resort). You gently scrape away any corrosion or packed on debris from the contacts. Exercise extreme caution to not damage the contacts by severely scratching or breaking them.

9. If you are cleaning a 12 volt car battery, you can apply the same measures as mentioned. If you are having trouble removing debris, you can use a wire brush to gently remove it.

10. You can now replace the batteries into the compartment and replace the device cover.

CAUTION: It is not advisable to use chemical cleaning solutions on batteries.

Following these steps and regular preventative maintenance on your batteries and device can help ensure a longer life expectancy for the batteries and longer use of your product.

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1990 mx5 mazda head lamps go up and down on own . with out switches being toutched .


The headlights moving up and down on their own is almost always related to dirty grounds on the circuit - specifically at a multi-pin connector located just under the brake booster. It's a white flat plastic rectangle with about 7 leads running into it and attached with a machine screw into the shelf area below the booster. Water can collect there causing corrosion. The connector can be opened up and the contacts cleaned. There's a good video on cleaning electrical connectors on YouTube

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Automatic side door wont work automatic


Check the electrical spring connectors at the door, and the contacts at the door pillar. They are notorious for corrosion. Take some steel wool or very fine sand paper, rub against the contact areas until a copper color returns. The pillar contacts get corrosion and very poor continuity thru the connector. The spring contacts in the door can also get corrosion on the back side at the connector, try cleaning them on the outside first before attempting to remove door panel.

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Hello i just bought a brand new blower motor resistor for my 96 gmc jimmy from a local part source. I had it put it on wednesday, all levels worked. i went to work that evening and my high didnt work. i t...


Hi,
Looks like the problem is in the selector fan switch.
Take a look at the switch itself, it might only need a cleaning, corrosion or dirt might have prevented the contacts between the selector and the contact point.
Check also the connector of the resistor lock, clean the contacts.
Hope that helps you out!

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Dec 10, 2010 | 1999 GMC Jimmy

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I replaced the batteries and my calculator still won't turn on


Your problem may be due to corrosion on the battery contacts inside the calculator which can prevent the full power of the batteries from flowing into the calculator. Try this free fix before you do anything else: remove the batteries and wipe the contacts firmly with a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush, steel wool, or sandpaper). Remove any residue that may have fallen into the battery compartment during cleaning, then wipe both ends of the batteries and place them back in the calculator. This cleaning clears the problem about 90% of the time.

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Camera won't turn on


The problem that you describe is frequently due to corrosion on the battery contacts inside the camera. Remove the batteries and wipe the inside contacts firmly with a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush, steel wool, or sand paper). Remove any residue that may have fallen into the battery compartment during cleaning, wipe the ends of the batteries, and replace them in the camera. This cleaning process works about 90% of the time, and I hope that it cures your problem.

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Fujifilm z33wp will not turn on only 2 weeks old


The problem may be due to corrosion on the battery contacts inside the camera. Remove the batteries and wipe the inside contacts firmly with a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush, steel wool, or sand paper). Remove any residue that may have fallen into the battery compartment during cleaning, wipe the ends of the batteries, and replace them in the camera. This cleaning process works about 90% of the time, and I hope that it cures your problem.

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This problem is frequently due to corrosion on the battery contacts inside the camera. Remove the batteries and wipe the inside contacts with a soft dry cloth (a heavy corrosion buildup may require cleaning with a fine wire brush, steel wool, or fine sandpaper). Remove any cleaning residue from inside the camera, then clean and reinsert the batteries. This clears the problem about 90% of the time.

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