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17 Feb 2019 13:31 #27120 by Thomas Klein
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I was wondering if anyone was using any type of tone generating wire tracers to find the location of breaks in an open wire in a wiring harness and if so which one seemed to work best. Thank You

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18 Feb 2019 11:26 - 18 Feb 2019 11:31 #27139 by Andy.MacFadyen
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I have one of these is sold under different brand names I have only used it once and the instructins aren't that clear I am not 100% sure I have used it properly as the result was pretty mixed as I lost the signal about 5 feet in a very thick wiring harness



Paul has a Youtube video on the Power Probe equivalent


" We're trying to plug a hole in the universe, what are you doing ?. "
(Walter Bishop Fringe TV show)



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18 Feb 2019 17:43 #27150 by Matts Auto
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I have a cheap one for finding a break in underground dog fence. It works quite well for that. I've thought about trying it on vehicle wiring but have yet to do so. If I get a chance soon I'll try it & report back.

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21 Feb 2019 17:44 #27267 by Noah
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I have the power probe one and it's kind of dicey.
The signal can be leaked into adjacent wires and get you chasing your tail.

Too much plus more equals just right.

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22 Feb 2019 08:45 #27282 by Thomas Klein
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Thanks for the feedback everybody. I have the ECT3000 and it works good on small harnesses but as I mostly work on heavy trucks as soon as I try to use it on the larger harnesses inside frame rails it really tells me nothing. Probably a good tool, just won't work in those situations.

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03 Mar 2019 19:53 #27571 by Scannerfanner
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I use this on from GTC on heavy equipment and big looms and has worked for me. I like it better than the power probe ECT, but maybe because I’m less familiar with it, which means a lot when using these. Whenever someone pulls the powerprobe out of their toolbox I say no thanks I’ll go get my gtc out of the truck
Like Noah said, you must make sure you don’t start following a signal up a branch, you must know the circuit and isolate it as much as possible.
https://www.gtc.ca/Products/FF310.html

I’ve also located an open with this by KD tools, I thought it was nice to actually see a needle move while looking for the break.
https://www.amazon.com/KD-Tools-KDT2524-Circuit-Detector/dp/B0084JVGWU

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