Why do Electrolytic Capacitors Fail?

Electrolytic Capacitors

I wasn’t aware that it was quite as bad as a capacitor plague as wikipedia.org points out; but it really is that bad. The more I started looking at things that had failed around here, the more I began to see their point.  It was only the electrolytics that were failing.


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Repairing a LCD Monitor

I found a 10V 470 uF capacitor that measured about 438uF and the other one was a 16V 470uF 105C that measured 601uF when I eventually removed them from the circuit board.  I found identical replacements from an old motherboard and that was it.  The 30+ pictures from my smugmug site show and describe the repair during different phases of my repair.

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