What do you use to maintain your sounder plugs

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Re: What do you use to maintain your sounder plugs

#16 Post by sym0 » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:23 pm

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Re: What do you use to maintain your sounder plugs

#17 Post by wongus » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:48 pm

Hi,

Reviving an old topic and a warning to others.

Picked up a Lowrance Hook2 5 Splitshot sounder. The new sounder has power and transducer leads that plug straight into the head unit with no locking mechanism unlike the older Lowrance units like the Elite series.

Well after my first trip out, I hosed off the sounder unit with fresh water and sprayed some inox onto the pins for both leads and the head unit like I have done with all my previous sounders to avoid corrosion. Well, this was a bad mistake as the plugs no longer fit snugly and is likely due to a reaction of the o-ring causing it to swell (Note the o-ring isn't a discrete loose item but embedded as part of the cables, so not easily replaced). The plugs post inox keeps popping out after hand pressure is released.

Some people are suggesting dielectric grease but I also read that this is an insulator and as such shouldn't be used on pins directly but rather used as a seal around plugs. So for those that disconnect their head unit after each outing, is "contact cleaner" the best option? Do people still rinse off the connections with fresh water (I car top my yak so there is risk of salt water ingress to exposed cables on trip home) before applying contact cleaner?
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Re: What do you use to maintain your sounder plugs

#18 Post by pdfarrell » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:09 am

wongus wrote:So for those that disconnect their head unit after each outing, is "contact cleaner" the best option? Do people still rinse off the connections with fresh water (I car top my yak so there is risk of salt water ingress to exposed cables on trip home) before applying contact cleaner?
I don't rinse my connections at all. Just a very liberal soaking in contact cleaner after each outing.
As for the head unit itself, I just wipe mine over with a damp cloth.

Had trouble with water ingress in a Lowrance Chirp 4, so hesitant to spray 'rinse' them with water.
The ingress was not from rinsing though, was out fishing in heavy rain.
The screen started fogging up, then the back light went in it.
While it was still working, was impossible to see in daylight.

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Re: What do you use to maintain your sounder plugs

#19 Post by Ads22 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:22 am

I don't spray my sounders either. I use a damp to wet cloth to remove dirt and salt, then dry. I use dielectric grease on all connections and have no dramas thus far, touch wood.
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Re: What do you use to maintain your sounder plugs

#20 Post by XDCammer » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:20 pm

And the winner is...................DRUM ROLL.......................................................... YAKDOQ.

Lanox, is a natural product and it will not degrade your rubber fittings.

Been using it for my yaks and others in the shop for years.

For what it's worth.

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