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Online RAH52

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Test leads
« on: August 01, 2012, 05:25:44 PM »
What do you guys use for test leads to check rast connectors  that are on all newer appliances .The test leads supplied with a meter are too fat .I've tried grinding them down but not real happy with the results .Can't seem to find mini probes anywhere.

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Re: Test leads
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012, 06:12:22 PM »
Here is a post about test leads from earlier this year that may give you some ideas.

http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=9187.0

We have some new techs on site since that topic so maybe will get some new replies here now about test leads.

I took a set of old fluke test leads, cut the probe off and in place of the probe crimped on a big needle.

I don't use my home made needle probes all the time of coarse, just for when I need to probe a small connector.

Got the idea when I seen another tech using just the needles by themselves and then touching his probes to the needles.

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Re: Test leads
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 07:33:02 PM »
do a search for pomona test lead should find what you need sorry not sure how to post link or keep a few paper clips around of different sizes put in harness and test that way

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Re: Test leads
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012, 10:06:44 PM »
     What I've used for years are little push pins with the ball ends.   You can buy a whole pack of a hundred of them for 1.00 or so.    I keep a pack in with my meters,  and when I get any connectors I can't get my normal leads into, I use these.    What's nice is you can use a number of them and go from wire to wire to check different voltage or ohm readings.   Cheap and effective.   
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Re: Test leads
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2012, 10:22:36 PM »
One more thing................. Very good for testing the New GE Refrigerator boards.    You can pull the connectors and these pins work very good to test the resistance of the thermistors to tell if they are sending the right temperature reading to board.   Also good on any of the new washers where you have to test plug connectors or wiring harness.  For these,  I have a set of test leads with clips on them.  Works well when you are by yourself and you have to check wires for continuity or voltage.    I used them this afternoon checking a vertical modular washer (Whirlpool) where I had to see if all the wires were OK from computer to Motor/actuator down below.    I jam pins into connector wires, then clip one meter lead to wire.   (I have extra long set of test leads)  Now I can easily check a wire harness,  or voltage to certain components.   
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Re: Test leads
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012, 10:25:32 PM »
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I jam pins into connector wires, then clip one meter lead to wire.

I like that idea, thanks.  O0

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Re: Test leads
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2012, 08:31:53 AM »
You could get some straight pins and attach them to these mini leads
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Re: Test leads
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2012, 09:25:57 AM »
Found a really good "micro-scale test lead kit" this morning at radio shack. Appr $21.00. comes with a small nylon carrying case with multiple lead types. It's a must have. O0

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Re: Test leads
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2012, 09:27:42 AM »
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Re: Test leads
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2012, 10:49:03 AM »
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