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Working on old bikes (or any old vehicles) you often find connectors full of nasty corrosion. It can cause electrical gremlins that are hard to track down, reduce the power getting to your lights, and even stop the bike from running at all. You can painstakingly remove every contact and hand clean them or you could do this.

Step 1: Disconnect the battery. Seriously, you really must do this.
Step 2: put enough white vinegar in a plastic sandwich bag to immerse the connector.
Step 3: Make sure you really did disconnect the battery, then go away for a few hours.
Step 4: Remove the bag and discard or to another connector.
Step 5: Rinse it out with clean water and if possible blow it dry with compressed air.
Step 6: Fill the connector with dielectric grease, including packing it in the back side.
Snap it together and ride! :moped:
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Just don't forget and leave it in too long or forget to tighten the female connectors. I've had some so bad I stole my wifes emory boards to sand them. Very tedious that way.

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Why must you disconnect the battery? Because one of the conductors might be live and another might be a ground. Vinegar is acid. And what happens when you put positive and negative metal objects in an acid? It's called electroplating. The current can flow through the acid and as it does it will rip atoms off the negative and deposit them on the positive. If it goes long enough the negative metal will be completely destroyed, one atom at a time. I lost a third of a terminal in a few hours. Had I let it go overnight it would have been gone in the morning!

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It's really great for female connectors that you can't get into at all. The male makes good pictures. Vinegar is a great mild rust/corrosion remover. Just soak your parts in it and it will come right off. Note it ate the deposits of corrosion off the plastic, too.

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Good tip ! Thanks

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Acid doesn't seem to affect most plastics in my experience.

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Does the plastic get brittle?


Down here most cheap vinegar comes in a plastic bottles. No problems with plastic :yes:

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Good tip, I prefer to replace them, but that seems to work really well.

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Good tip, I prefer to replace them, but that seems to work really well.

Replacement is good! :good:
That way the female connectors are nice and tight on the male ones... :yes:

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Replacement is good! :good:
That way the female connectors are nice and tight on the male ones... :yes:

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Another nice thing about this method is it doesn't remove metal and then leave abrasive grit and metal dust in them like sanding them can, and they don't get any thinner.

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Great info... I have been restoring a 84 GL1200I and every bad connector I did this... Dielectric grease is a must... If you are having weird stuff happening to the electrical system,,, DO THIS...
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