Motorcycle Connectors : Connectors 101

Motorcycle Connectors : Connectors 101



what's up guys curtain from motorcycle nd let's dive right into connectors alright very simple just a couple tips and tricks on them what can go bad how to replace terminals inside of them and what to prepare for if your bike stays outside or even if you have to replace the terminal by itself I'm gonna show you guys step-by-step the correct process of what I do to make sure it's done professionally alright so first thing I want to start with is as to why connectors seem to burn up and you might notice this moron like stator connectors coming from the motor it's usually like those three yellow wires and they usually melt oftentimes on the VT 11 hundreds those type even their older GL style bikes the reason why heat builds up is used is typically because of a high resistance through the connector so you got two connectors right they're usually not always taught or they are but the terminals inside are loose okay so that resistance from shaking around the bike because those connections are making connection it's not main connection and builds up that heat which melts the plastic around it okay if that makes sense awesome so let's say you want to replace the terminals inside of the connector okay so the way that they work is let's say this is a male blade style terminal and this is a female make sense female takes the male okay I'm not gonna go into that so the male and female both sides have these little tangs on the back that stick up it's almost like a ramp so what that what that's designed to do is to go through and then hook on to inside the terminal so to get them out it's very very simple all you're gonna do is push down on this little Tang in the back and now allow the terminal to slide out let me you guys I'm talking about so it's very simple tool to make I use a paperclip okay right at the end I use a pair of needle nose pliers on the flat part and just flatten it out with some pressure so it makes it a little bit flatter going in there it's really simple so down in the connector you'll see that it has one side housing almost like a little slot that you can go into and that's exactly what you're gonna do you're gonna take the paperclip let's say we're gonna pull out this double orange wire right here okay so I'm going to find that side that has that little sleeve for you to slide down into push the paperclip all the way down inside until you push that little Tang out okay so thick lips a little bit weak but there you go okay it comes right out if you wanted to go back in with it all you're gonna do is just bend up this tab again and go back in all right and it'll hook right back in there okay it's really simple so if you have loose terminals and you want to take them out and maybe tighten them and one way you can do that especially with these female terminals is looking at the looseness of these ovals so you can take your needle nose pliers and just crimping them tighter and then sliding right back in if you have a loose connection another trick you can do that I do almost daily if I have to work on electrical stuff is taking these male terminals and you can actually take a pair of needle nose pliers unplug it of course take them and then just give it a slight twist so this one has nine being give each of them a slight twist so when they go in to their corresponding connector it's almost forcing it to have a really good connection because it's no longer than just going in like this now is this is still straight but this male terminal is kind of turned to the left of the right and it's forcing it to scrape in and hold tighter that gives a fantastic connection doing with ECM cancer sometimes again all you're doing is just taking it and it's getting a slight twist alright not crazy because if you go too crazy on all of them you won't be only getting back together alright so just a slight twist it makes a better connection it's awesome another thing when using dielectric retail I hit on this a little bit in the blog but dielectric grease is not meant to lather all over your terminals before you put them together that's not its purpose all right it can actually cause bad readings resistance readings that are too high or too low usually to I but it's it's not what it's purposes so the dielectric grease is meant to keep stuff out all right so let's say I have these two connections right here okay male and female connector there's dielectric grease is good to put on the inside of here as well as what I also do is put it where the wires are going in it I'll I'll shoot something down in here to keep stuff from going like water to going down there or dirt or whatever that's a dielectric grease is for you can put it on on end and spark plugs on the UM plug side on the sleeves of spark plug wires that's what it's for it's not meant to be lathered deep down inside here then push these two things together it does not do anything for the terminal I guarantee it so that is connectors and in small nutshell just some quick tips on making the connections tighter getting them out my next video will be going over how to make wired terminals as well as like waterproof style terminals alright

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