I am finding that my PICkit connector is getting unreliable so does not always connect to the programming header. Anyone had this problem? I suspect itís a worn spring terminal inside the connector as there is no sign of a bad solder joint on PCB inside the PICkit case. Have used it quite a lot.
Not sure if I can pull the plastic shell off the contacts and then bend the contacts to tighten them. I don't have the right sort of connector in stock to replace it.
I made a little extender cable for mine (male and female with 6" of ribbon cable in between as I didn't like the "feel" of the PICKit3 connector; it didn't seem to have the same grab as the PICKIT2 one; perhaps cheaper quality.
I tinned the male end to make the pins slightly fatter and then used a drop of hot-melt glue to make sure it stayed in place. Had no problems since.
Think I may have been maligning it. If misaligned a little it is possible to push the header pins in-between the connector and the case, if the case is a little loose. The pins are sufficiently gripped that the unit holds in place on the header, so it appears to be connected but isnít.