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Posted: December 31, 2017 at 1:08 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote bikemaniac
I pulled the entire wire harness from my 1983 Toyota Hiace due to a frame off restoration. I want to clean all connectors since they are almost 35 years old and have been left untouched. On some connectors I can visually see some grey/whitish corrosion and thus not a perfect clean brass surface. On youtube I found some videos where people clean connectors using vinegar and baking soda as a neutralizer. I am not fond of this method because there is a chance that the vinegar (acid) will travel up the wire beyond the insulation and the baking soda solution will have no chance of neutralizing anything up there. As a result I feel that I have worsened the problem with that method.
Is there a better way of cleaning (removing corrosion) connectors? I looked at the connectors and it is impossible to remove each one from the plastic housing - I will need to clean while each connector is fixed in its multi connector housing.
1991 Toyota Corolla AE92 Liftback
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Posted: January 06, 2018 at 6:02 PM / IP Logged Link to Post Post Reply Quote howie ll
There are contact cleaners available from RS Components etc.

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