They are easy to spot. Bulging or leaking electrolytic capacitors are crashing electronic products. Instead of tossing out your PC, TV or other electronics, do an easy inspection for blown capacitors. Photos & full story here:
Problems with Dell here:
This might explain why Dell wanted to replace my Mother Board on my service contract when only the memory chip was proven defective. Service tech at Dell Tech Support demanded to replace the Mother Board when the technician arrived on site with the replacement memory chip. We had removed the bad memory chip and the PC was running flawlessly at the time.
Dead PC Monitor with blown capacitor photos here:
This is a WORLD WIDE PANDEMIC of leaking, defective capacitors from China: the Chinese Capacitor Plague:
Summary added up front for the benefit of all:
Here is the Wickipedia article:
Replacement capacitor kits and HOW TO instructions
Google Search "leaking capacitors Computers" = 1 million results Dell plagued by bad capacitors
Google Search "leaking capacitors engine computers" = 52,000 results Suzuki Car Computer ( one of many listed )
Google Search "Bad Capacitors TV"= 800,000 results
One of MANY videos on how to identify/replace a capacitor.
( He should be wearing a wrist strap to ground himself, available at Radio Shack )
Note the bulging tops & or leakage
TOYOTA ECU Engine Control Unit Problems:
Is THIS why Toyota's are running away [accelerator problem, sticking accelerator]? If you have a Toyota with runaway or strange problems possibly linked to the ECU, please inspect the capacitors and report back on this thread. It is easy to see these bad, leaking Chinese capacitors.
Last edited Fri, 02 Jul 2010, 9:00am by grizz