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Cleaning electronics plugs

Old 07-13-2014, 03:50 PM
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Default Cleaning electronics plugs

I had a 15 month layup on my boat and when I went to get everything going again I've got 2 of my 3 units working.

I've got a garmin 2010c and a 2006c working, but the last 2010c comes on intermittently (works on upper station, not lower station).

Looking at the plugs, the machine side is decent looking on all units, but the female(boat) side can all use some cleaning. There is some corrosion, but debris in the old grease I think is main culprit. The 2010 units work, I swapped them, so I'm 99% sure it's in the plug.

What's the best way to go about this? Corrosion block and a pipe cleaner, blow it out and dielectric grease afterwards? Just corrosion block? Vinegar then grease? Help me out here guys! I know I can just replace the plug, just looking for a solution in the interim.
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I use BoeShield... seems to be working great for me.
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Radio Shack contact cleaner in a spray can followed by a blast of compressed air followed by a protectant.
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WD-40 works great for cleaning
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PB blaster a penetrating oil containing phosphoric acid.

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