Working out equivalent resistance

I understand this has been asked before, but I've never been able to find a satisfactory answer to the question I have, which is: in general, how do we treat the dependent sources in the small signal models when calculating the short-circuit time constants?

Case in point: I ended up with the following circuit (in part) when doing the low-frequency analysis of a CS-CB circuit, for one of the capacitors: From the example given in this question, I guessed that the equivalent resistance would be R1||R2. Or, as my lecturer said about a similar circuit, the right-half of the circuit is "completely separate" from the left-half.

However, I thought the way to compute equivalent resistance was to replace the capacitor with a voltage source, and to calculate the current? In that case, G would have a non-zero potential, and then wouldn't the dependent current source add current from the right-half of the circuit to the left-half...?

Am I understanding "equivalent resistance" incorrectly? When can we "ignore" the dependent source when finding the resistance "seen" by the capacitor?

• The left and right halves are only connected at one point. There's no return path for anything to flow from one side to the other. – Roger Rowland Sep 18 '16 at 6:30
• @RogerRowland Thanks for the comment Mr. Rowland. In general, though, is it correct, as I described, to replace the capacitor with a test voltage and to find the resulting current? – user3109672 Sep 18 '16 at 6:40

Yes generally speaking using an indipendent voltage generator as a stimulus to find equivalent resistance is more than correct, it is applying its definition.

When we say parallel resistance being $R_\text{p}=R_1R_2/(R_1+R_2)$ we have actually connected a voltage generator, done the maths and finally remember the result by heart.
A few other configurations may be worthly learned by heart, e.g. common collector basic output resitance is $1/g_\text{m}$ parallel something else, basic BJT input resitance with emitter degeneration is $(1+g_\text{m}r_\pi) R_\text{E}$ series something else, and so on depending or what you need/ are studying.