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    Minelab leak

    So I have noticed after some of my water hunts, a little bit of water has been getting in by the battery. Not enough to stop the machine, but it looks like it's slowly doing some damage. Im using one rubber ring should I be using two?? What may be causing this issue? Any help would be great 🏼! I always put oil on before I go out as well, right in these spots.Click image for larger version. 

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    As long as water is not getting into the battery housing, it's fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandswimmer View Post
    As long as water is not getting into the battery housing, it's fine.
    So a drop or two is safe?

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    No water, not even a drop should get inside the tube.
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    I might recommend pulling the endcap and cleaning out the pod, and check the endcap it'self for cracks. ...Use a eye loop and check very close.

    Once all looks OK, put all back together. Silicon grease the oring, slip in the endcap, seal the endcap to battery pod using aquaseal..shoegoo..fill the little gap with a thin coat. Let dry over night, then a couple small dabs on the joint again then slip on the black protective shrink wrap cover.

    And clean that ikelite with a dremel, wire brush. That is the positive side that is crud ed up. Once clean silicon grease it well..put the gasket on and grease it well also..
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    WHERE IS YOUR RUBBER GASKET that goes between the connector and the pod? DO NOT submerge the detector without it in place, electrolysis will eat up the pins on the connector and the ones in the pod.

    Clean up the pins. A bit of baking powder and dish soap between your fingers and rub the pins if you do not have any electrical contact cleaner - a better choice. The use either of the preceding on a Q-Tip in the two "holes" on the battery pod. Next "rinse" with alcohol. Let dry. Re-assemble with the rubber gasket in place. You should be OK to go detecting again. If you do not have a gasket or have lost it, try your local dealer or call Minelab for a replacement. I have also seen replacements on the auction sites.

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    I like WW........ are you using the gasket? Looks like water is causing the battery to jump and you are getting corrosion. Id take that ikelite apart to ensure the wires are clean inside... just one screw. Put some silicon on those wires and put back together. After cleaning like Joe says, put some anti corrosive on a q tip and clean the female connectors on the end cap as well. I bought some thicker gasket used for cars...... used a leather punch and a bridle leather punch to make my own. I felt the way the ML gaskets were used and the thickness was causing me to tighten the cap and end cap more than needed .... thus causing some of the end caps to crack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterWalker View Post
    WHERE IS YOUR RUBBER GASKET that goes between the connector and the pod? DO NOT submerge the detector without it in place, electrolysis will eat up the pins on the connector and the ones in the pod.

    Clean up the pins. A bit of baking powder and dish soap between your fingers and rub the pins if you do not have any electrical contact cleaner - a better choice. The use either of the preceding on a Q-Tip in the two "holes" on the battery pod. Next "rinse" with alcohol. Let dry. Re-assemble with the rubber gasket in place. You should be OK to go detecting again. If you do not have a gasket or have lost it, try your local dealer or call Minelab for a replacement. I have also seen replacements on the auction sites.
    Yeah I mentioned I'm using currently one gasket. I had a bad water leak about four months ago and sent it in for repairs. They actually sent me back the detector with that one part looking corroded still. So that's not from currently, that was from previously. I'm surprised they didn't clean it for me but I guess I can do it. Thank for all the info!!!

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    Jan 2007
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    OOPS... I missed you mentioning that you are using one gasket, is it in good shape, no tears or sand particles.
    One gasket should do it, two my even cause a leak. Petroleum and vegetable based oils are no-nos for rubber and poly-carbonate parts. Most silicon grease / oil is an insulator, it is not good to use on the electrical contacts. A bit of electronic contact lubricant just on the two pins should be OK if you use anything at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterWalker View Post
    OOPS... I missed you mentioning that you are using one gasket, is it in good shape, no tears or sand particles.
    One gasket should do it, two my even cause a leak. Petroleum and vegetable based oils are no-nos for rubber and poly-carbonate parts. Most silicon grease / oil is an insulator, it is not good to use on the electrical contacts. A bit of electronic contact lubricant just on the two pins should be OK if you use anything at all.
    Perfect! Thank you again for all the info.

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    Use this, there is no better. Molykote 111 made by Dow, I need to order another myself..might be a good idea to pull the knobs and grease the top o rings..something that should be done once a year no matter how many times you use the Xcal.

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    That's just what I was going to recommend OBN. Molykote 111.
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    Minelab leak

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    How should I reattach this? What kind of glue? And at what point should I place the glue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustKeepDigging View Post
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    How should I reattach this? What kind of glue? And at what point should I place the glue?
    You need to put a thin coat of shoegoo or aquaseal to fill that gap between the pod and endcap..let dry over night, then a small dab of the shoegoo or AS to hold the black shrink wrap in place. Let dry
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    I need to give mine a good going over and make sure I don't have any issues in the making that I haven't noticed yet.


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