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Old 01-20-2018, 02:22 PM   #1
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Corrosion on the pig tail

What is the best way to clean this corrosion on the pigtail without damaging anything? It goes down into it a bit.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:24 PM   #2
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Having trouble getting the picture to attach, but I've got green corrosion on the end of the pigtail.
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trying one more time

Maybe it will work this time
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Having trouble getting the picture to attach, but I've got green corrosion on the end of the pigtail.
I assume you mean the cord to the tug? I keep the outlet on the tug and the plug on the pigtail smeared with No-alox or some other type of dielectric grease to keep the corrosion at bay. If it is too bad you can take the plug apart and clean it up with emery cloth.
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Dielectric grease is non-conductive so careful how much you smear around. It's best used where the rubber boot and a spark plug make contact ( for instance ) to prevent moisture from reaching the contacts inside.
I use electrical contact cleaner. Comes in a spray can. I have used one of my wife's emery nail boards, cut to fit the slots, but I read somewhere that you want to avoid removing the outer coating on contacts.
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Hey Greg,
Make a little paste with baking soda and water and wipe it on there then off. Spray a little WD40 into pigtail and hang it so that the end is hanging down to drain. Should be fine.
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Remember that some of the pins are HOT with power coming from your RV battery. Do not rub steal wool across the end.
I use a very small flat file used to file spark plugs in the old days. You should still be able to get one at an automotive store.
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Thanks all, I knew I would get some good ideas.
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Dielectric grease is non-conductive so careful how much you smear around. It's best used where the rubber boot and a spark plug make contact ( for instance ) to prevent moisture from reaching the contacts inside.
I use electrical contact cleaner. Comes in a spray can. I have used one of my wife's emery nail boards, cut to fit the slots, but I read somewhere that you want to avoid removing the outer coating on contacts.
Yes clean w contact cleaner then smear liberally w no-alox...this connection is supposed to be somewhat spring loaded so if you cannot get a connection the plug is worn out. Here in the land of salt it has saved my plugs from corrosion and no problems with good connections
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If the corrosion is too bad and you donít want to replace the connector I have used a small sand blaster with glass beads, then coat liberally with dielectric grease. I personally think you canít use too much dielectric grease.
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