Be con­nected

Re­pair dodgy elec­tri­cal con­nec­tors

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Take a pic­ture

Check for signs of cor­ro­sion in places like cop­per wires, as well as burn marks or melted plas­tic. Pho­to­graph it be­fore you start. If the con­nec­tor needs to be re­placed, cut off with 5-10mm of wire show­ing.

Strip and crimp

Use strip­ping pli­ers to re­move in­su­la­tion and cut the wire. If done man­u­ally, score it be­fore strip­ping. Next, run in­su­la­tion sleeve over the wire. Crimp loosely be­fore go­ing down a size for a firmer con­nec­tion.

Heat it up

Use an au­to­mo­tive sol­der in the ig­ni­tion cir­cuit. Get the area just hot enough to drip-feed flux into the crimped area be­fore slid­ing the in­su­la­tion up. Next, you need to heat shrink it with a hairdryer.

Give it a spray

In­ter­mit­tent faults that only show up with a when it’s wet can be tracked down us­ing a plant sprayer with a long noz­zle. To test for a fault, drench sus­pect con­nec­tions like plug caps and fuel in­jec­tors.

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