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Tips To Repair Model Train Transformers

Updated on July 28, 2010

Tips To Repair Model Train Transformers

 When people discover that their model train transformers do not work anymore, there are several options that they can choose.  Getting a new transformer may prove very expensive and people can consider doing some repairs.  Some will opt to hire experts who can repair the transformers but for those looking for an easy way to save money, they can undertake the repairs themselves easily.  After having decided on repairing the transformer, it is good to know exactly how to do it.  Many technical skills may not be required but people have to follow the following guides so that they can achieve success with repairs in the end.

 The first thing to have is the equipment needed to make the whole process a success.  They will be ordinary every day tools that include a screwdriver, tweezers, solder, soldering gun, oxidation remover, wire strippers, spare wires to mention a few.  These are tools that can be gotten pretty easily or borrowed from a neighbour.  With the tools at hand, the work will begin as directed below.  It must begin by getting to the significant part or the root of the problem.  Consequently, dismantling the model without some consideration might not be the best thing to start with.

 People need to find out whether the transformer is emitting any sound and this will be done by plugging it in.  Those that find there is sound might find that the contacts on tracks will be the ones with the problem.  It might require replacing the contacts but there is another possibility as well.  However, they might not need replacing because they can be cleaned to eliminate the problem.  It is vital to start with the cleaning bit then plug it in to see whether there is a change.  Those with transformers that are totally dead, dismantling at this point will be wise to investigate further.

 This action will be to determine several things that will include the presence of wires that are loose, disconnected, green-tinted, whitened and others.  When all the above is evident, oxidation will have taken place and this will be the source of the problem with the transformer.  A soldering gun will be used to make sure that all wires that seem to be disconnected are connected accordingly.  Use the same tool to disconnect wires that are oxidized.  The oxidation remover will be used to do its work and for wires that need replacing, this will be enabled.  If there is still no change after all this, it is vital to look for a plug replacement.

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