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Re:[T3] type3-d Digest V2006 #77


> IMO, "cleaning up connections" is a much over-hyped exercise. The
> only parts of the metal that are important are the parts that are
> pressed against each other, and those parts will always connect as
> long as they are tight. They self-clean, by virtue of being tight and
> the wiping action of connecting them.

I've always thought this but wasn't sure, having left Electrical Engineering
after my first year...  I would recommend that one disconnects the battery and
DO clean the contacts on the fuse box where the fuses are inserted.  I
personally have seen circuits fail due to corrosion between the fuse and fuse
holder; even a simple twist of the fuse after it's been dormant in a T3 has
"renewed" circuits.

> Of course that's assuming that not a lot of the actual copper has
> corroded away. I've personally never seen a wire in a car which has
> corroded away to a serious degree.

Ooh, I have!  And it's normally been the positive wiring.

   Toby Erkson  -- Portland, Oregon --  http://www.icbm.org/
   '72 VW Squareback Darksider, 5-speed, 2007cc, rag top
   '95 VW Jetta 2.0L, CHE tranny w/Peloquin LSD, 270¼, TT Chip, SCCA Solo 2 EP#3
   '73 Porsche 914 2.0L WIP; '81 Honda Gold Wing, 1100cc, stripped

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