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mellowyellow
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posted 02-18-2001 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just found an uncut engine harness for a 68 V-8. It is cleaned and retaped now. would like to hear a good technique for cleaning the inside of the connections. I have sprayed them with WD-40 and blown them out. Any better ideas appreciated.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-18-2001 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's a cleaner made especially for electrical components called 'Electro-solve.'

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Alkraut
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posted 02-18-2001 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alkraut   Click Here to Email Alkraut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I assume that cleaning "inside" the connectors are the female socket contacts. Thes contacts are often oxidized, and contain a gritty film on the contact surface.
One way to remove much of the oxidation is by cleaning the bore with emery paper. Use a new cottor pin that is much smaller in diameter than the bore. Use fine emery cloth or paper or the black wetodry body sandpaper. Around 220 grit works OK. Cut small strips. Insert end between the tight cotter pin arms. Wind arount the cotter pin. Make sure it fits into contact socket bore. Rotate in direction of wind. Takes a little patience to cleaneach socket. Blow contacts out with compresses air. Pin contacts can also be cleaned with emery cloth. You should not lubricate with WD 40 or other oils. You could final rinse with alcohol and blow dry.
Good Luck.
Al

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mellowyellow
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posted 02-18-2001 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the feedback. Told a buddy about the WD-40 and he called me a ****! The donor car was really gross, the harness was good, but I noticed some oxidation.

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