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Old 07-23-2004, 08:04 AM
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While out fishing yesterday the small hose to the speedometer blew off spraying salt water on the
entire back of instrument panel and all the connectors. Now that it's dried off what should I use to
clean them off and what do you spray on to protect in future?
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Old 07-23-2004, 09:04 AM
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This is going to sound wierd, but the best way to clean salt is with warm fresh water, I'm not suggesting that you spray fresh water up there, but wipe down the back with a damp rag.... disconnect the power first..... THen use a product such as boshield or corrison x to spritz the connectors..... Most of the oil based corrison inhibitors won't desolve salt.... I have no knowledge of salt-away, to know if it can be used on electrical connections.... By the way if you happened to spray the inards of any electronics I would pull them and have a shop clean them or contact the insurance company.... saltwater and circuit boards don't mix...good luck
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Old 07-23-2004, 03:20 PM
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Once they are cleaned and dried, dielectric grease on your connections should work good to seal out corrosion.
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Old 07-23-2004, 03:32 PM
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Huh? So salt water came out of the tube on the back of the speedo? Is that possible?
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Old 07-23-2004, 05:52 PM
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Get yourself a jug of Salt-X in the concentrate. Mix up a batch of it, about a quart. Go to a lawn and garden shop and get one of those hand sprayers or get yourself a bottle of windex and dump the windex. Put the Salt-X/Water mix in the sprayer and use it to flush the back of the panel. Then let it air dry and do it again. After the second drying to back and daub a little bit of Permatex dielectric grease on the exposed connectors. You can get the grease at any auto parts, if they don't have Permatex brand just get the ignition system grease for sealing spark plug wires.

By the way, that Salt-X is what I use to clean the Internationals after a day in the salt. Its very good stuff as a corrosion inhibitor.

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Old 07-23-2004, 06:04 PM
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Birdman - 7/23/2004 3:32 PM

Huh? So salt water came out of the tube on the back of the speedo? Is that possible?
Absolutely. That's how a pitot tube speedometer works - by measuring the water pressure in that tube.

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Old 07-23-2004, 09:23 PM
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Thank guys, It still seems weird to put more water on it but I will and I'll go Thom way since I have the Salt-X in the concentrate. Just need to pick up the dielectric grease. And yes edk is right about the pitot tube. But the thing that pi##es me off is that apparently some idiot installer at the factory didn't put a clampy or tie on it. rcouret
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Old 07-23-2004, 09:30 PM
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saltwater running up to the dash? - god, it sounds right but a recipe for disaster sooner or later - seems like the thing to do is dump that unit and buy a GPS speedo from Livorsi or Gaffrig and wire it up to your GPS - probably far more accurate too...
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Old 07-24-2004, 12:04 AM
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gersly - 7/23/2004 9:30 PM

saltwater running up to the dash? - god, it sounds right but a recipe for disaster sooner or later - seems like the thing to do is dump that unit and buy a GPS speedo from Livorsi or Gaffrig and wire it up to your GPS - probably far more accurate too...
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Old 07-24-2004, 08:08 AM
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sea_dad/gersly, going to a gps Livorsi would be great. But at $200+ I think I'll just disconnect the Teleflex speedo and read my mph off my gps. But if you've got an extra one laying around getting in the way I'll e-mail you my shipping address.
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Old 07-24-2004, 08:15 AM
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good point - take out the speedo, use your GPS and fill the hole with a clock...you'd be farther ahead...
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Old 07-24-2004, 11:20 AM
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OOOOOOh No, I ain't putting no clock in there. Then my wife will start saying I don't have an excuse for coming back late from fishing.
Give me another suggestion, but noooo clock.
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Old 07-24-2004, 11:26 AM
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disconnect & remove the speedo, yes
fill the hole with a navman fuel flow gauge, hell yes!
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I agree with cgrand.
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Old 07-24-2004, 05:21 PM
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My finally was more a vote for anything that does away with the feeder tube altogether. If spending more is a pain, then simply disconnect it and pull it out of the boat. You have already seen the risk become a reality, next time it may be worse.
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