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g27 wheel button's connector damaged while removing from pcb, need help!

Discussion in 'Sim Racing Hardware' started by jgmz1, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. while removing my g27 wheel from unit, i pulled 3 wires from female connector that connects to board. i was able to
    remove the 3 pins from nylon connector, but the wires where crimped on to pins. the pins inside connector are VERY small.
    has anybody run into this situation before and found a way to repair more easily than resoldering wires to pins and trying
    to re-insert into nylon connector ???? i'd appreciate any and all help.

    note: logitech does not sell any replacement parts.

    jgmz1
     
  2. Maybe you can re-use the pins? It's the next easiest thing to soldering them back on. It'll be tricky but you should be able to open the pins to get the old wire out, and feed in some fresh metal from the old wire.
     
  3. Patience and a carefully selected tool will allow you to open up the pins to remove them and replace them without too much hassle. You say they are crimped, but be careful as they may also be soldered. I would first try the soldering iron on them to see if they let loose. If they don't then using something to hold the pins and inserting something like a stick pin might open them enough to allow the wire to be removed.
     
  4. i have made repairs to connector. the wires where crimped on, so i opened them up with 2mm screwdriver just enough for wire.
    i stripped wires just enough to apply a small dab of solder, then re-crimped to pin with needle nose pliers. i used soldering iron
    to melt solder just enough so wire adheres to pin. i re-inserted pin into connector using same 2mm srcewdriver very carefully.
    mounted button assembly to wheel then connectors to wheel PCB. tested wheel and buttons around rFactor's Monza, fixed....
    NOTE: when removing wheel from base, NEVER use pliers on connectors! thats how damaged occured. use small
    screwdriver and work connector out by its sides a little at a time.

    jgmz1
     
  5. Or use your fingers, and carefully wiggle out the connector lol, using metal tools on plastic parts is a recipe for disaster.
     
  6. Glad you were able to fix the connection :) Happy Racing.