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Leaky CRT's I own a Hitachi 51F500 rear projection TV that I bought in 2003. Two weeks a go I noticed that the TV was shuting down by itself. I took off the back and noticed some standing liquid (antifreeze) on the circuit board. One of my CRT's leaked. I understand this is a common problem with Hitachi. My question is, " the repair which will cost around $300 worth it?" The tech can't garauntee other issues won't come up due to the leaky CRT in the future and I could buy a new TV for $500 - $700. --thanks

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I would not repair unless you also replace any circxuit boards that the liquid fell on. although it is now water it will corrode the parts & will most likely cause further problems. the only way to ensure that future problems are not related to this is to replace the boards affected. good luck.

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