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Old 23rd May 2008, 03:35 AM   #1
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Default Dead amp, need a tad bit of help fixing

So my Alpine E4300 died the other day. I open it up and see that all 6 of the power supply caps are burst. just out of the random too, I just got it all setup and how i liked it and it died.

So I am in the process of taking it apart and I cant for the life of me get the pressure clips off the fets. I got one off just by wedging a screwdriver into it and hitting the edge with a hammer and inching it out. but i cannot do that for all of them.

SO how do i get these off so i can remove the board so i can desolder the caps and replace them. hopefully fixing the problem, other problem? i cant find any other damaged or odd looking components.


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Old 23rd May 2008, 04:32 AM   #2
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You are supposed to put a small screwdriver or whatever in the hole and pry then they pop loose. I like to take needle nose and grab the end at the top, I twist a little the right way and they pop off and don't fly anywhere, and I don't smack anything in the amp. That works great on the RF and some other amps but have not done an alpine like that.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 04:49 AM   #3
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Perry here on the forum has a how to on his web site showing how he removes these.
I can tell you that you need to slow down, and take your time on removing these or they will be worthless when you get done. Replacement are tough to come by unless you have a amp graveyard.



Perry uses a driver that has been cut down to fit the slotted hole in the center of the clamp to do this job. The trick is to pull away from the sink at a horizontal direction. Perry does this, and so do I... Seems to work every time. The trick as I see it is to cause the clip to rise up and out of its lip seat in the sink as you pull away from the sink < without gouging up the seat area of the sink >

Check any of Perry's posts he has his link under his posts. Just click his link and scan his web site. I think you will find it very helpful, with answers to a lot of questions you will be having very shortly....
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Old 23rd May 2008, 05:02 AM   #4
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Yes he does show how to do it. I forget but I don't twist them out. I push in and lift the hook off the sink with a little twist of the wrist and they come right out if you do it right, I've never put a mark on one doing that. But like I said some amps might be different or something I don't know. Whatever the case, be very careful of them like 1moreamp says. I don't like them but I didn't build the amp. I have used a tool but they get too airborne for my liking in the area I work in, and it seemed to take a lot more effort/prying.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 05:15 AM   #5
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I took a look at his site but couldent find it right away, ill take a more in depth look tomorrow.

Thanks for the suggestions, ill see what i can do tomorrow and i am sure ill be back with more questions.

ooh, because its a power supply cap i shouldn't be worried about the 30% tolerance that is on every cap that i look for right?
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Old 23rd May 2008, 05:19 AM   #6
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Here's the thread where the tools were shown. This is a modified cotter pin remover. I also use a screwdriver that's bent and ground to fit the slot but they're dangerous to make (screwdrivers don't like being bent 90) unless you have an acetylene torch.

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/showt...24#post1434224

You stick the tip of the tool in as far as it will go and pry back on the handle. Further down the page, it shows you what you need to reinstall them.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 08:42 PM   #7
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Awesome, thanks for the help. Just got all the clips off and slid the board out.

I took a look at all the fets and it appreas (and smells) like the 2nd group of 3 mosfets are burned out. the other 3 may also be dead. everything else looks/smells fine.

I am new to all this, so can i just buy some IRFZ44N from digikey, along with 6 caps, replace them and have a go?

Or should i do some testing before hand? not that fluent but know power basics.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 09:15 PM   #8
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Awesome, thanks for the help. Just got all the clips off and slid the board out.

I took a look at all the fets and it appreas (and smells) like the 2nd group of 3 mosfets are burned out. the other 3 may also be dead. everything else looks/smells fine.

I am new to all this, so can i just buy some IRFZ44N from digikey, along with 6 caps, replace them and have a go?

Or should i do some testing before hand? not that fluent but know power basics.

Check out Perry's tutorial DVD. I purchased it recently and it paid for itself with one fix that I didn't have to farm out to someone else.

I had my DVD in hand in 4 days after ordering, and had my amp repaired the next day.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 09:16 PM   #9
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Yes maybe. You should check the resistors on the gates of the fets. Also should put say a 10a fuse before amp and it is nice to run a large 2 ohm resistor in the power wire, those will keep it from toasting or blowing as bad should something still be wrong with it. You might fire it up and be fine, or it might go poof again on full power...and you would be ...

Oh yes, Perry's DVD is priceless for doing this stuff. I have it.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 09:22 PM   #10
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You should replace all 6 power supply FET.

When ordering the capacitors, you'll need to select replacements with the same capacitance, voltage rating, diameter, height and lead spacing. If the caps are rated at 105C (temperature rating), the replacements need to be rated at 105C also.

You need to check the output transistors also. If you read anything near 0 ohms between the legs of any individual transistor, the transistor (or one in parallel with it) is shorted. You would need to pull all that appear shorted and re-check them out of the circuit. The output transistors are the ones near the large white resistors.

In the photos there is a clip that's not on the transistors. Did you do that or was it like that already?
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