I think I'm a little "unclear" on the grease issue...
After you've cleaned a connection, should you grease the parts and then assemble, or assemble and coat over with grease?
You don't actually want the grease to be in-between the the two points of metal to metal contact correct? Or doesn't matter?
Hey 750DOUG, here is the word straight from the horses mouth. (no pun intended
) EMPHASIS IN TEXT IS MINE.
From page 290 of the Clymer manual, I paraphrase. It says to thoroughly clean and dry the connectors. Then PACK one of the connectors with dielectric grease prior to connecting, so that some squishes out.
On SINGLE wire connectors PACK the FEMALE side.
On MULTI PIN connectors PACK the MALE side.
The ENTIRE INNER AREA should be FILLED.
Also PACK the BACKSIDE of BOTH male and female connectors to prevent moisture from entering there. After it is fully packed, wipe off excess from exterior of connector.
Get in the practice of cleaning and sealing all electrical connectors every time they are unplugged.
I hope that answers all your questions about using dielectric grease Doug. Good Luck in the search for the cause of the no start.
Just a heads up to anybody, especially in Canada, looking for dielectric grease. Shop around before buying. A 3 oz tube at NAPA was $15. I got a 4oz tube at Princess Auto (a Canadian Discount chain) for $3.50 on sale
($5 regular price). By comparison, Napa is $5/oz and Pr
Auto is $1.25/oz reg price and Only $0.88/oz on sale.
P.S. NOTICE WHEN SHOPPING FOR DIELECTRIC GREASE---NOT ALL CONTAINERS ARE MARKED WITH THE WORDS "DIELECTRIC GREASE". The tube I got at Pr
Auto is made by Grote and marketed as "Ultra-Seal" with smaller print saying "corrosion preventive sealant". Not all sales personel will know what you want. The first gal I asked, pointed me to a display full of spray lubricants. I eventually found it in the area where the crimp on connectors and automotive wire were displayed. Don`t give up on the first try if they tell you they don`t sell it. You may have to explain what it is for, or ask to talk to a supervisor or manager to be sure whether or not they carry it.