In article , firstname.lastname@example.org (dicko) writes: | | On 17 Sep 2008 03:57:14 GMT, ddl@danlan.*com (Dan Lanciani) wrote: | | >In article , email@example.com (dicko) writes: | >| | >| I can't tell you how old it is, at least a couple years. Anyway I | >| opened it up and there's a big blackened spot around what I presume is | >| a zener diode. | >| | >| So can anyone tell me what normally dies on this thing? | >
| >On mine it was the PC board itself. The traces had lifted and broken. | >I did replace the capacitor (it didn't look great from the heat) and | >the zeners (they were functional but hard to solder because of the | >oxidation). Although the repaired unit worked I wasn't really pleased | >with the results and I haven't put it back in service yet. (I'm waiting | >for its replacement to fail...) | >
| > Dan Lanciani | > ddl@danlan.*com | | The capacitor has this clear brown hard goop, like congealed maple | syrup, all around its bottom. Is this a leaky cap? Or is it just glue | they used to keep it from wobbling?
I'm going to guess it was cooked and leaked. There was no glue on mine.
| The cap itself says 105 degrees.
Well, I guess that's an improvement, but since they were talking about the need for hard solder I suspect any capacitor is going to have rather limited life unless it can be moved away from the heat...
Dan Lanciani ddl@danlan.*com