Author Topic: Metex M-3610 repair help - dmm won't zero properly in ohms and DC volts  (Read 7892 times)

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Offline retiredcaps

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I got this Metex M-3610 for free.  It looks like it was made in 1987.

Unfortunately, it doesn't zero when I touch the probes together on DC voltage.  It reads about 0.250Vs when the probes are not touching.  When I measure a 9V battery, it reads 0.63V even though it is a new battery.

On resistance mode, the multimeter correctly shows "1" or out of range when the probes are not touching, but when I touch the probes together, I get 25 ohms.

I have tried known good probes and fresh akaline batteries so I'm sure the problem is with the M-3610 itself.

It uses the IC7106 chip and in the datasheet at

http://pdf1.alldatasheet.com/datasheet-pdf/view/177757/INTERSIL/ICL7106CPLZ.html

it talks about AN032 "Understanding the Auto-Zero and Common Mode Performance of the ICL7136/7/9 Family", but for the life of me, I cannot find the datasheet/app note anywhere.

I'm assuming my problem is with the auto-zero function, but without the app note, I'm not sure what exactly to test.

Suggestions would be appreciated.  I know this multimeter isn't worth much, but I want to learn more about electronics and this is a great opportunity.

PS. Now I know why Dave Jones hates those 9V wires.  I managed to damage the red wire when snapping back the case on.  I didn't see it trapped between the case and screw hole when I put the front cover back on.   :'(
 

Offline amyk

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That looks like the ancestor of the infamous DT-830 series.

Apart from checking to see if any components have drifted out of spec, the only other culprit is the '7106 itself.
 

Offline retiredcaps

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That looks like the ancestor of the infamous DT-830 series.

Yes, I had the same thought when I saw the 7106 chip.  At least I have your Elenco kit instruction manual allow with the 7106 datasheet to give me some idea how it works. 

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Apart from checking to see if any components have drifted out of spec, the only other culprit is the '7106 itself.

Well, there aren't too many components so I guess I will start checking in circuit first and anything that looks suspicious will warrant desoldering and retesting out of circuit.

Thanks again for your input.  It is appreciated.
 

Offline retiredcaps

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FYI.  More rebadged dmm!!  Saw this thread and watched the video. 

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/general-chat/fake-transistors-!-never/

I noticed that the SkyTronics 600.527 is identical to the Metex M-3610 (made in 1986).
 

Offline wkb

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 ;D  That is the same multimeter as one in my collection.  Mine still works just fine btw.
 


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