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post #4 of (permalink) Old 29th July 2008
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If the metal connection in the plug is corroded or damaged,then it will just over heat more and cause more damage.The resistance in the connection is what causes it heat up and melt the surrounding plastic,so it needs to be thoroughly cleaned up in the very least.

Depending on the type of connection used to may be able to seperate the damaged wire from the plug and replace the connection with a spade connector.This can work effectively if you can find the right sized spade connector and you make sure that it can't touch any of the wires next to it.

A replacement plug would be a better solution,and if you could find a car from the same year and of the same spec I suspect the wire configuration and colours would be the same,so you could just cut and join the wires.Obviously you have to then make sure that the joins are good,other wise you'll be back to square one though.

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