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defyenz
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defyenz Jan 15, 2:01am - #82891 

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soldering

what does soldering mean?

i was reading instructions on how to change leds
and it said soldering a lot.

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CelicaRacer05 Jan 15, 2:45am - #82892 

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sodder is like the bolts in an electrical system, You use this stuff called "sodder" when soddering, you join two conductive materials to form an joint, of electrical conductivity. Its quite easy though you need a soddering Iron, which is like 15 bucks at radio shack and a spool of sodder which is like 5 bucks, for a few ounces, get a thick stran when your starting out, bc you are probably going to waste a lot just learning (as i did)

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xXMaGNuSXx Jan 15, 2:49am - #82893 
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You must also have patience, as a rush job can be messy and can ruin your project.
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slidr Jan 15, 2:50am - #82894 

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I had no idea how to do it a month ago, and now I'm pretty good at it.

To solder the led's you must first remove the old leds and solder. To do so, heat up your soldering iron for a few minutes, then touch the solder and it should liquify almost instantly. While you are still touching it, use the desoldering bulb to remove the old solder, and take out the led. This should only take a few seconds as to prevent damage to the board.

In order to apply new solder, heat the plate that the old solder was once on, and touch the solder to the hot plate and the solder should melt almost instantly. Your iron should never touch the solder directly.

I recommend practicing A LOT on old circuit boards that can be found in phones, computers, certain toys, etc.

I also recommend at least a 30 watt soldering iron and don't go to the 100 watt unless you have experience. The more watts an iron has, the hotter it will get. You don't want to get it too hot, and you don't want to have to hold the iron on the board for too long or you risk the chance of damaging it, so I recommend a 30 or 45 or 40 or whatever. thumbsup

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defyenz
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defyenz Jan 15, 2:55am - #82895 

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hmmm..
is there a way of changing leds without soldering?? grin

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FloydianSlip6 Jan 15, 2:57am - #82896 

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No there isn't if you don't have experience I recomend that you find someone that does. No reason to mess up a nice new deck. Def. don't attempt an LED switch without electrical experience
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slidr Jan 15, 4:47am - #82897 

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Originally Posted by t3n
hmmm..
is there a way of changing leds without soldering?? grin
You could pull on them really hard until they break and come out, but then you couldn't put new ones in. grin happywink

If you havn't already, change the lights in your AC Console. No soldering required.

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metalliceli Jan 15, 5:26am - #82898 

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^^^ what lights did you use for that?

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nebraskaGTS Jan 15, 5:15pm - #82899 

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yeah, i am also wondering how to change the color of hte little light that is behind the upper console, the one that is behind the climate control adjusters. i'd really like to change mine from green to red. wondering where you can get them at too.
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trog2233 Jan 15, 5:19pm - #82900 

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if you don't now how to solder...i wouldn't suggest you messing with ur gauges thumbsdown
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skdmorse Jan 15, 6:53pm - #82901 

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This would be a bad idea for a first timer...
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