Cleaning

General. The 465 should be cleaned as often as operating conditions require. Accumulation of dirt in the instrument can cause overheating and component breakdown. Dirt on components acts as an insulating blanket and prevents efficient heat dissipation. It also provides an electrical conduction path which can result in instrument failure.

The cabinet provides protection against dust in the interior of the instrument. Operation without the cabinet in place necessitates more frequent cleaning. The front cover provides a measure of dust protection for the front panel and the CRT face. The front cover should be installed when storing or transporting the instrument.

Avoid the use of chemical cleaning agents which might damage the plastics used in this instrument. Avoid chemicals which contain benzene, toluene, xylene, acetone or similar solvents. Recommended cleaning agents are isopropyl alcohol or Kelite (1 part Kelite, 20parts water).

Switch Contacts. Most of the switching in the 465 is accomplished with circuit-board mounted, cam-actuated contacts. Care must be exercised to preserve the high-frequency characteristics of these switches. Seldom is switch maintenance necessary, but if it is required, observe the following precautions.

Cleaning the switch contacts should only be done using isopropyl alcohol or a solution of one part Kelite to 20 parts water. In the absence of these three cleaners it is safe to use petroleum ether, white kerosene, or a solution of 1% Joy detergent and 99% water. Do not use acetone, MEK, MIBK, benzol, toluol, carbon tetrachloride,

Tektronix 465 Crt Cleaning
Fig. 4-1. Removing wrap-around cabinet.

trichlor, trichlene, methyl alcohol, methylene chloride, sulfuric acid, or Freon TC-TE-TF-22-TA-12.

Most spray circuit coolants and contact cleaners contain Freon 12 as a propellant. Because many Freons adversely affect the contacts, check the contents before using a spray cleaner or coolant. An acceptable contact cleaner-restorer is No Noise (Electronic Chemical). The only recommended circuit coolants are dry ice or isopropyl alcohol. There are three recommended switch lubricants. They are Silicone Versilube (General Electric Co.), Rykon R (Standard Oil, and WD-40 (Rocket Chemical Co.).

Exterior. Loose dust accumulated on the outside of the 465 can be removed with a soft cloth or small paint brush. The paint brush is particularly useful for dislodging dirt on and around the front-panel controls. Dirt which remains can be removed with a soft cloth dampened in a mild detergent and water solution. Abrasive cleaners should not be used.

CRT. Clean the blue and clear plastic light filters and the CRT face with a soft, lint-free cloth dampened with denatured alcohol or a mild detergent and water solution. The optional CRT mesh filter can be cleaned in the following manner.

1. Hold the filter in a vertical position and brush lightly with a soft No. 7 watercolor brush to remove light coatings of dust and lint.

2. Greasy residues or dried-on dirt can be removed with a solution of warm water and a neutral pH liquid detergent. Use the brush to lightly scrub the filter.

3. Rinse the filter thoroughly in clean water and allow to air dry.

4. If any lint or dirt remains, use clean low-pressure air to remove. Do not use tweezers or other hard cleaning tools on the filter as the special finish may be damaged.

5. When not in use, store the mesh filter in a lint-free dust-proof container such as a plastic bag.

Interior. Dust in the interior of the instrument should be removed occasionally due to its electrical conductivity under high-humidity conditions. The best way to clean the interior is to blow off the accumulated dust with dry, low-pressure air. Remove any dirt that remains with a soft paint brush or a cloth dampened with a mild detergent and water solution. A cotton-tipped applicator is useful for cleaning in narrow spaces or for cleaning circuit boards.

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