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Difficult electrical connectors #4691199
03/11/18 07:53 AM
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Ducked Offline OP
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I can remember having trouble with these before, but not as bad as this. Maybe I'm getting more bad-tempered in my declining years.

Needing at least three hands is inherent to the design, but no matter how much force I applied, that barb wasn't going to unlatch.

Any tricks?

Special tools?

Heres my current solution. If it loosens I'll put a cable tie around it.



Last edited by JHZR2; 03/11/18 01:34 PM. Reason: censor bypass
Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Ducked] #4691209
03/11/18 07:59 AM
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I struggle with those things. I find if you push it more together and then depress the tab and then pull apart it works a little better.

Last edited by Leo99; 03/11/18 08:00 AM.

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Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Ducked] #4691215
03/11/18 08:02 AM
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What vehicle is that on? How old is the connector?

Maybe apply a little heat using a heat gun on low and keep it far enough away to soften up the plastic a bit. Just a little bit. You don't want to melt anything.


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Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Ducked] #4691216
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Sometimes you can get in with a little hook-pick or tiny flat screwdriver and pry it apart from the "other end" vs using the thumb-press part.

Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Ducked] #4691233
03/11/18 08:22 AM
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Find a younger person with stronger hands to do it for you.


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Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: JC1] #4691237
03/11/18 08:28 AM
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Ducked Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: JC1
What vehicle is that on?



Don't see why that matters, but its a SYM Yue Leung (Wild Wolf) Classic (though it probably wasn't called a "classic" when it was made), which is quite like a Honda CB125

Originally Posted By: JC1


How old is the connector?




Don't see how I could know that for sure but its probably the same age as the machine, which, IIRC is maybe 20 years.

Originally Posted By: JC1


Maybe apply a little heat using a heat gun on low and keep it far enough away to soften up the plastic a bit. Just a little bit. You don't want to melt anything.


Don't have a heat gun. I have a gas blowtorch, but you're right, I don't want to melt anything.

Anyway, 'tis done now, but I can't remember cutting one before so I thought I'd better collect some more subtle methods, which perhaps I've forgotten, for the future.

The machine has had reverse polarity applied so there'll be quite a lot of electrical messing about (and probably a replacement reg/rectifier) in its future.

Last edited by Ducked; 03/11/18 08:31 AM.
Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Ducked] #4691242
03/11/18 08:34 AM
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Some of them work like a Rubix cube...really.


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Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Linctex] #4691243
03/11/18 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
Find a younger person with stronger hands to do it for you.


Unacceptable, and also impossible.

There are no young people in Taiwan with the faintest idea how to do anything apart from mess around with thier smartphones, and a rather stereotyped form of break dancing.

Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Ducked] #4691252
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Push down on the clip through that hole with a flathead screwdriver then twist the screwdriver.

Last edited by Chris142; 03/11/18 08:46 AM.

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Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Ducked] #4691335
03/11/18 09:56 AM
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Electrical connectors among the different manufacturers is a pet peeve of mine. Why can't they make them intuitive and easy to remove?... press an easy button and pull it apart. Why is it difficult to design that? Manufacturers really despise DIYers.

Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Ducked] #4691339
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I see these connectors all the time on Japanese motorcycles.

Trick is to push them down with a small flat head screw driver, don't poke, rather push it down while pulling the tab outward.

Worst case, use silicone spray or something similar and it'll come lose.

Should not be too difficult, I hope!


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Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Ducked] #4691393
03/11/18 10:45 AM
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That particular type of connector is not too hard to deal with by using slip-joint pliers to hold the whole harness side and squeeze the "button" part of the tab, which is intended to be pushed with fingers but will get hard to push as the plastic gets old. Or push in the slot with a screwdriver as others said.

There is no need to cut anything, don't be literally a hack mechanic and tear stuff up.

Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: maverickfhs] #4691804
03/11/18 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted By: maverickfhs
I see these connectors all the time on Japanese motorcycles.

Trick is to push them down with a small flat head screw driver, don't poke, rather push it down while pulling the tab outward.

Worst case, use silicone spray or something similar and it'll come lose.

Should not be too difficult, I hope!


Did all that.

Didn't work.

Tried holding it with various types of pliers too.

Ditto.

Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Kestas] #4691834
03/11/18 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted By: Kestas
Manufacturers really despise DIYers.


Taiwanese manufacturers don't.

They've never heard of them, because there aren't any.

Last edited by Ducked; 03/11/18 06:38 PM.
Re: Difficult electrical connectors [Re: Ducked] #4691868
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Originally Posted By: Ducked


I can remember having trouble with these before, but not as bad as this.



Maybe you last bothered with them 20 years ago. smile


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