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thermal imaging

posted Apr 17, 2016 21:41:29 by cheryl hartkorn
has anybody used a thermal imaging camera to detect wiring faults? been seeing it on youtube. nobody shows it going through panels that cover wires in cars. no idea
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AndyMacFadyen said Apr 18, 2016 07:00:16
I have been looking at them too but more with a view to diagnosing cooling system flow issues.
It should also be able to identify misfiring cylinders fro exhaust temps and useful for brake faults.
"Rust never sleeps"
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Noah said Apr 18, 2016 12:02:51
I've seen people use them to find key off battery drains on the internet. Still too pricey for my blood.
Massachusetts, USA
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AndyMacFadyen said Apr 18, 2016 19:56:47
Unless the exchange rates go haywire the prices are likely to fall over a the next year or two.
"Rust never sleeps"
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Noah said Apr 18, 2016 20:11:03
That's what I figured. I remember when the non contact laser thermometers were big bucks. The good ones still are, but harbor freight has one for under $30 us
Massachusetts, USA
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Tyler said Apr 19, 2016 02:30:59
I was actually just looking at one of these Flir attachments for your phone. Looks great, but still a bit pricey for me.

I'd really like to have it for brake checks, since I use an infrared thermometer for that all the time. I've also seen some cool HVAC applications.
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Rob Longoria said Apr 24, 2016 17:05:58
I have a Fluke in my tool box collecting dust. Paid $700 for it. used it a few times. Problem I have is the screen is small and when everything is hot it has a hard time giving detail. You have to calibrate the background radiation so the thing your trying to view shows up. if its made of some thing that doesn't radiate heat like a rubber heater hose it wont show up at all. Metal works great. So if your trying to view something in the engine compartment it has trouble. You can set the opacity and get a clearer picture but the small screen size is its limitation.
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