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49 thoughts on “Customer cut wiring harness!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Kennedy says:

    Wire must touch wire before solder. Don't just hold the wires near each other and bridge the gap with solder. Better current transfer.
    I'm still disappointed that you haven't completed at least one assembly and realized you left the shrink wrap off – we've all done it

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GARY OSBORNE says:

    Soldering the relay was pure genius for a customer who wasn’t willing to fix something right.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Thompson says:

    So glad you was able to fix the car and save the people alot of money.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Old fart says:

    So, how do you bill this out? The customer turned down the replacement, now you come back and say, "I did some creative engineering".
    Never mind, you beat me to it as I was typing. You are an honest man.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Love Of Christ says:

    All you have to do is take the fuse box out and pull the pins out and reshape them and you should be good to go it’s very simple to do, you don’t have to replace the whole fuse box I’ve done it before I know you can do it God bless you✝️✝️✝️

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Camouflage Peacock says:

    Great editing 👌

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Noey Garza says:

    Awesome Job.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Raul L Calzadilla says:

    How can we clone a Rainman Ray? I need a clone for my area.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars buixote says:

    Great stuff! Beats a $500 fuse box!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sizzler4eva says:

    Some mechanics: Yep fair enough $500 is a lot. Pack up. Give car back. Go home.
    This guy: I can’t leave a job without knowing I tried everything.
    Me: You sir are a legendary rarity.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrMit50101 says:

    Yellow to green green to yellow must make lights brighter

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ray says:

    Customer had to be doing handstands over the huge cost savings. Some other shops would just draw the line at replacing the panel and not even venturing to try the repair you did. Makes me want to move to Florida just so you could work on my vehicles.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RV Shadow says:

    Many shops would just give the customer back the car as is if they declined the expensive repair. Ray came up with a solution so that the customer got back the car with working headlights and a huge amount of money saved. Now I shall pass some time counting how many people commented with soldering advice.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars C.E. G says:

    Solder is a (very) soft mix of metals. Using it to take mechanical forces is not a good idea. The solder will be pinched by the contacts in the fuse box and slowly but surely the soft metal will give way and the contact will be lost. You have already told the customer that this is a temporary fix. Please, people don't use this kind of fix anywhere except when you absolutely have to.

    The problem will return, and often with vangens. Repair it properly as soon as possible.

    Please don't tin the wires before soldering them together. Twist the bare copper wires firmly together and then tin/solder the wires.

    Now you solder the wires to each other at the sides. This way mechanical forces, such as vibrations, are put on the solder joint. Also, soldering will be much less fiddley when the wires are mechanically fixed together.

    You could have used a bit thicker heatshrink or two layers; this would add some extra mechanical strength you need in this case.

    I am very glad you used a heatgun to shrink the heatshrink. Some people use a lighter or other open flame. This will damage the heatshrink, often burning it.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars harold benedict says:

    When I was in the USAF I had to replace the connector on the airplane radar unit the connector had 135 wires real fun.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 2Ply789 says:

    You could save yourself a lot of time by using heatshrink terminal ends and Butt-Splice connectors with the correct crimper. Solder is best used where there is no vibration and the wires are smaller than 22 Gauge.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bobbg says:

    Do not tin the wires, twist both end then twist them length wise together and the solder them together it will make a much better connection. Then cover it with grease and the heat shrink it and hope it dosnt corode under the hood it needs to be an airtight water tight connection
    If you have is butt splices fill both ends with a high temp grease. To keep water out, trust me it will last a hell of a lot longer up behind the headlamps exposed to driving rain and humidity. Also in Florida salt from the sea.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bobbg says:

    You can pull out the fuse block and repair the pin sockets, come on you can almost do it with a pic tool, or add extra material to the relay to make its pins wider, but I dont think the fusebox is the problem you have not tested it for power, you've got a wiring diagram. Trace it back futher. Im going to bet the headlight switch is broken, Im pretty sure the switch is a positive pulse to switch the relay, the only test you did on the relay was see if it clicks, well shit a light switch not hooked up in a house clicks but does it let current flow when on?

    Its only 5 pins on a normally on normally off relay and 2 pins are the electrical equivalent of flipping a switch.
    Whats the car? Ford? Chrysler the Chrysler uses a negative pluse at % impedance from ground via the body control module. On electrical problems you have to trace back to the source of the problem, on fords and gm or even most brands of car a weak body ground can cause headlamp problems.
    Im going to bet the fuse boxs not the problem. Hell it could be a bad body control modul chassis ground. On a Chrysler its on the left kick panel above thd driver left foot. Some fords are also there. Some are center console and some are right kick panel. Gms right console or behind the steering bolster
    BMW left trunk some gas also under the hood, has this car ever had an aftermarket remote start or alarm installed?

    Nice Fluke is that a 77 or 88?

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GrenPara says:

    Good video but you could use better solder options such as: Solder Seal Wire Connectors 3:1 Heat Shrink Insulated Electrical Wire Terminals Butt Splice Waterproof
    They work great and are totally waterproof.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Don Goff says:

    I'm late to the party here but for connections like this that aren't exposed to excessive heat, I've become quite fond of solder seal connectors. They are butt splice connectors with lower melting point solder and glue inside them. twist wires together, slide connector over them, apply heat, done, soldered and waterproof. tada!

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrMustangMan says:

    pitiful that the customer couldn't match green and yellow wires together…. probably the same person that stretched those relay connections…..
    P.S. that fuse box will NEVER be replaced.!!!! 🤣

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Twml says:

    I always twist the wires together. Then solder them, mechanical then electrical connections both solid. Use the helping hand clips on insulation not the wire to avoid heat wicking. I use heatshrink with glue/waterproofing inside when heated it oozes out for water tight seal. Then follow up with liquid electrical tape.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Twml says:

    I HATE those pure EVIL connectors! with a passion. So many issues when they are ever used. Vibration offten leads to wire getting fully cut in half.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mr Ed says:

    Impressive! And good splice job. Maybe add wire nuts and those ugly line taps to your list of things that ‘hurt your soul’.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ken Mabie says:

    Get an IPhone 13. Very good camera system.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bone Shaker says:

    Super Clean Wire-work.
    Personally, I've been doing wire-work for over 35 years…. in the Communications industry, followed in my Father's footsteps…. The Solder rig he built has 3 gator clips and each one is on an articulating arm, (Dad used to build specialty tools to assist him in whatever needed to be worked on).
    Keep pumping out Your Vlogs as We All Theroughly* enjoy watching You work…
    ((*) Spellcheck can't fix me), LMAO!!!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Terry Jennings says:

    Hi Ray,
    I saw your parallel spices today. Your new gator vise is meant to hold the wires by the insulation. What I saw was the gator clips being used as a hint sink.
    To solder your conductors together wrap them a couple to 3 times. Leave no wire or solder spikes on your soldered connection. Keep it up,

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO00 says:

    You simply need to put a small twist in each of the four legs.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Luber says:

    You guys every do junk yard? Especially in your State…Non-Rusting or corrosive…Just curious….You always do a Great Job!!

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justin Ferguson says:

    That was great, like usual I was being a complete smart a$$ and thought throw some solder on the pins and then you said it 😳. I’m gonna file that one away for “just in case” moments, keep up the excellent work

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars L S says:

    Twist the pins one degree

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lowell Martin says:

    This civilian hack wiring job wasn't bad.
    Over the years and multitude of vehicles I've had. Very few didn't have rats nests of wires under the dash from STEREO INSTALLS. YUCK! Most times I ended up pulling several feet of wire both power and excess speaker wire.
    Hate hack wiring jobs!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kevin Ray says:

    I have done something like that in the past. But sometimes the best solution at the time.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Grumpy OleMann says:

    Your video skills are good and your editing is great. I do enjoy your skills.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 5.7 Dave says:

    I had projector replicas that lasted a good 2 years and the running light was in a cool blue so u can tell it’s aftermarket but it had the same DRL function as the factory lights but my truck didn’t know how to use DRL until I bought alfaobd and I recently got alpharex headlights so I sold the projectors

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Savage says:

    No beep beep?

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Ventura says:

    Seeing your soldering technique got me back to soldering like I did in my electronic assembly jobs I did back in the 80s.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Grosser says:

    Very ingenious fix Ray. In similar situations I have been guilty of an even more crude fix . By either twisting or bending the pins out of alignment and therefore making contact. As for Scotchlocks I totally agree with your opinion of them, you only use them on customers cars whom you don't like. Cheers from Australia.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jay Kellett says:

    I could list 50 "Rube Goldberg" repairs I did as a poor kid. Who remembers the classic tomato paste cans and 2 "C" clamp exhaust repair?

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Landon Take America Back says:

    Next time don’t tin the wires , put them end to end and wind around each other, then solder, Solder is soft stuff the way you soldered them may last a while but in general the wire should be twisted together then solder applied then it is truly joined. Great video.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 陆芳芳 says:

    you saved about 400 dollars for customer. they might be your new fans! XD

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Chmelik says:

    We used to fix loose connections with tinfoil…

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Google says:

    Excellent job! Most guys would have said fine, no new box, I put it back together and be done with it. I hope the customer was appreciative of your effort and slipped you an xtra 20 for lunch!

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Speeddemon3 says:

    Great work around Ray!! Have to remember that one! Do you ever let your customers know that their vehicle has made it onto your channel?

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WRG says:

    I just recently discovered your channel and I'm going back in time to catch up. I am a retired over-the-road fleet maintenance manager and I enjoy seeing your trouble shooting skills. I especially like to watch these types of videos so that when a problem is discovered, I will put it on pause and think about what I would do in that situation. I am not always able to match my solution to the presenter but in the case of building up the pins on the relay, you and I were spot on! Great (temporary) solution. My motto is "It ain't stupid if it works".

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robnord1 says:

    Great repair on that relay Ray! I see you have 100 or 200 comments regarding proper soldering technique, but I have something better for you. Get an assortment of waterproof heatshrink butt connectors. Try them. You'll love them. Electrically, they as good as soldering, and are a better idea because solder wicking makes wire more brittle. Also, they go on fast. 4-5x more expensive than regular nylon butt connectors but worth every penny. Thank you for the videos!