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Old 04-14-2002, 18:35   #1 (permalink)
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SMT Desoldering

I didnt know If I should have posted this in the garage, or whatever.

I am trying to desolder and remove a SMT 8 Pin Dil Chip, from a Fairlane Instrument Cluster.

The Whole process is a pain in the butt, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions, or hardware that I could purchase, that would make the job easier ?????

Thanks for any help !!!
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Old 04-14-2002, 19:00   #2 (permalink)
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Matt, the trick is in the tip. You can get soldering iron tips especially for SMT stuff. They do all legs at the same time which means you dont have to remove any solder. I did surface mount soldering at school and some of it can be a b!tch. Get the right tip though and it will be much easier. The tip will look like a flat shovel as long as the chip...
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Have you got some of that desoldering tape stuff. Makes it a shite load easier to get all the solder off it your using a single tip, and not the tip that Jase_ELXR8 is talking about. When you put one back in, see if you can get a bed for it. Then future removals and installs will be piece-o-piss.

What are you removing it for anyway??

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Old 04-14-2002, 21:05   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies !!!!

Yeah, makes sense, I been trying to remove the chip with a stockie round tip, and was driving me nuts.

As for the reason, I am trying to fit a Fairlane Dash to my EF.
I have 3 problems so far, 2 of them solved
Problem 1, The Cluster was for a V8, therefore the Tacho will be out by a fair amount. - I compared the 2 dashes around the Tacho section, and I have swapped parts between the 2 Dashes, to try and work out what parts control the Tacho section.
So far no joy, but I am wondering if it is this one chip, hence trying to remove it, and swap it around.

Cheers, and thanx for the Help !!! Much appreciated !
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