Dead short on PCB, does this surface mount look faulty?

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Joined Oct 17, 2009
At the moment, I'm doing a bit of fault finding on a PCB. Although surface mount is a bit beyond my skills.
That being said, I'm just weighing up what could be at fault and whether its worth trying to do something.

Upon inspection of the circuit board, I have noticed that one of the surface mount components (Capacitor?) has a silvery finish to it. Unlike the rest of the components.

Does it look like it could be faulty? If so, what causes it to look like that? (Just interested)



Joined Jun 4, 2014
I don't think the surface finish indicates any problem.
However, I can see a hint of a line across it that may be a crack. This is something that can happen to these capacitors. Have a careful, magnified, look and see if you can tell if it is indeed a crack. If you use a soldering iron on one end you may discover that half of it comes away.


Joined Sep 22, 2009
Not sure if a cracked SMD cap would represent a dead short though, but you never know. Best to check the easy parts and eliminate them first.