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Can't unplug this stupid electrical connector

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:30 AM
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Hi all:

I'm trying to replace the front struts and upper spring seats on The Spousal Unit's '04 S80T6. I could have been done about twice now, if only I could unplug the stupid electrical connector that leads to the strut(s). They're about the size of a fat thumb and are located sort of under the ends of the engine bay brace, which isn't helping. But I just can not get the wretched thing to disconnect/ unplug. I must be missing a locking tab somewhere. Anybody have any words of wisdom?
 
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:41 AM
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Yes. Push on the electrical connector as if you want to make a tighter connection. Watch the motion of the connector and you should see how the two halves separate and where the locking tab is. This will also make the two halves easier to separate as it breaks the dirt friction in the connector.
 
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:33 AM
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Thanks for the assist. Turns out that squeezing the female side of the plug released a tab on the male side. Had to use a pair of Channel Locks to do the holding and squeezing because of limited access, but got it apart.
 
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