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How do I remove a wire terminal from a weather proof connector?

I need to remove a wire terminal from the three terminal Xenon headlight connector on my 2005 E500. Do you guys know how to remove the wire and terminal without damaging the connector or wire?

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I would just use a pair of needle nose pliers and gently pull the connector off.


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Thank you my friend, but I need to know how to actually remove a single wire and terminal from the actual plug itself. There are three wires in this plug, and I need to non-destructively remove one of them.
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I do not know about the connector you are working with but some require a special tool to release the terminal. They ususlly have a smal metal tab that when the terminal is pushed into the housing the tab springs up and gets caught in a notch in the plastic terminal. If you look closely you might be able to see how it works. On some I have been able to insert a piece of thin safety wire or a minature screwdriver blade to depress the tab and allow the terminal to be pulled out.
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Thanks for the input. I believe that I will cut some small spring steel shims to slide in beside the terminal. Maybe that will allow it to slide free.
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Thanks for the input. I believe that I will cut some small spring steel shims to slide in beside the terminal. Maybe that will allow it to slide free.
Good idea. That may work.
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