I have wired up my potentiometer to my breadboard with an LED and motor, and it only works intermittently. When I twist it certain ways it works, and other ways it doesn't.
I removed the wires, removed all the solder, and tried testing with my multimeter. If I check resistance on the terminals (positive to center, negative to either side, as well as positve and negative on opposite sides), i get infinite resistance. If I test directly on the resistive element after taking it apart and I read 0-46.K Ohms.
I examine the terminals and I don't notice anything wrong... so what gives? Should I even bother wasting my time trying to fix this as a newbie or buy a new one?
It has a W.L B50K on it.
EDIT: Sorry I should have said I first tested with resistance setting on multimeter. I got infinite resistance when testing the terminals. If I tested directly on the resistive element track I would get 0-about 45.6KOhms.
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