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Old 04-04-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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need VDC repair(solder)instructions and pics

My VDC is acting up. On old forum I saved pics and instructions for soldering the 8 points on the VDC but can't bring it up now that the new forum isup...Does anyone have the instructions on where to solder and pics.....Thanks RKL
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As an X Electronics technician, VDC to me means Volts Direct Current (as opposed to VAC or Volts Alternating Current). Please forgive my lack of understanding. What is a ‘VDC’ that needs to be soldered?
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As an X Electronics technician, VDC to me means Volts Direct Current (as opposed to VAC or Volts Alternating Current). Please forgive my lack of understanding. What is a ‘VDC’ that needs to be soldered?
In this case, the VDC is the Freightliner Vehicle Data Computer...FL also refers to it as the VDU.

Several of us with early 2000's coaches on FL XC chassis have had problems with the signals to air gauges being intermittent. Apparently, a number of the VDU's in that era had some cold solder joints. FL wants $418 for a new VDU but it is fairly easy to remove the VDU, pry off the cover and re-solder the afflicted joints. Worked for me.
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As an X Electronics technician, VDC to me means Volts Direct Current (as opposed to VAC or Volts Alternating Current). Please forgive my lack of understanding. What is a ‘VDC’ that needs to be soldered?
You make a good point about TLA's (Three Letter Acronyms) and in fact Acronyms in general.. My first thought was "Video Display Council" and I"m a certified electronics tech too. (Since you'd never solder Volts DC, though I do solder using AMPS DC and that takes VOLTS DC to generate)

Of course you can also have fun with acronyms. For example I'd like to suggest a name for the government agency which Obama wishes to have oversee the auto industry in this time of crisis.

The Federal Uniform Bureau of Auto Recovery

And the agency that would oversee the auto warranties for buyers of cars should the manufacturere cease to exist:

Federal Uniform Bureau of Auto Repair

You will note they are both FUBAR
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Thanks John,

Well said.
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Thnks guys especially smlranger..I now have the info and will do the repair..RKL2
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Hi smlranger,
I am having the same problem with my Dutchstar on a Freightliner chassis. I need to get the instructions for which solder joints to fix. Do you still have this available?
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Hi smlranger,
I am having the same problem with my Dutchstar on a Freightliner chassis. I need to get the instructions for which solder joints to fix. Do you still have this available?
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Yes sir, I do. Send me a PM with your email address and I will send the article with photos to you.
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You will note they are both FUBAR
It's probably a good that the OP didn't say the VDC was FUBAR TFN...
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I was thinking Video Distribution Center. Very common in an RV.
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If someone has the artical and photos handy, I'd like a copy.

Thanks much.
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If someone has the artical and photos handy, I'd like a copy.

Thanks much.

Send me a PM with your email address and I will forward a copy of the article with the color photos.
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I would LOVE to see the VDC and where it is. My gauges have been fluctuating for years now. It's driving me NUTZ!
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