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Old 08-29-2016, 04:12 AM
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A company spends all that money, in marketing, research, product support ... and throws it all away with poor quality products
I wasn't going to call out Howell EFI, but this is ridiculous.

To remind. The '40 died at a stop light and wouldn't restart. It was blowing the main fuse for the computer. After 4 hours of diagnosis, I thought I found the issue and fixed it - no, I just spent needless money. I presumed that Howell had done a good job - that was a mistake on my part.

Electrical tape is a wonderful, TEMPORARY wire cover. While it was covered by the loom, the problem was when they soldered the joints, they didn't trim the flash (the pointy ends of the wires) nor did they crimp them flat.... best practice is heat-shrink tubing... which it has now.
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Mind you, I wouldn't be so irritated if I'd not already bought a harness at UPullIt that I simply needed to do what I did today to the Howell harness - that is, trim, solder and cover with heat shrink. Secondary to the above issues is they didn't trim the ends of the plastic so it could rub its way through the wire.... oh yeah, the irritation... $400 I spent on their crappy work.

notice the nice, sharp edges and the forced 90 degree bends that bent against the loom cover?
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that ball in the middle, had nice ends sticking out - that's what shorted and why when I originally loosened the harness, everything worked again
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why not heat shrink? because everyone loves to look at electrical tape falling off?
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I feel better about my soldering too
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What's really special is the short wires that are soldered on both ends.... black wire must be hard to come by?
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5 solder joints, one wire.... no heat shrink....
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note the electrical tape coming off a main power wire? this was the short
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if only it had looked this good before I re-did it
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I re-ran the wires a bit
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and finally got around to the 2nd defrost hose
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drilling hole
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believe it or not, I think I'm going to leave it like this.... no pinch or rub possible
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I still need to loom the rest of the wires and find out why the gauge isn't working (again)

my table will get cleaner this week...
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