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Old 12-23-2001, 09:01 AM   #1
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Does anyone here know how to disconnect the electrical connectors Subaru uses at the end of a circuit? The male portion has barbs on either side. The female portion includes a bayonet base which attaches to a piece of the vehicle. This means that you can only reach the male barb on one side (without having to rip the female unit entirely free).

Is there a way to separate these without having to nearly destroy them? I put a pollen filter in the other day and it was one royal pain in the butt thanks to the fact that two of these connectors were in the way
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Old 12-23-2001, 11:40 AM   #2
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Are you referring to the glovebox light connector on the glovebox?

All of the connectors are slightly different.

For that guy, use a small flat blade screwdriver from the glovebox end and you will be able to slide it out.

Don't force them!

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I've only looked in two areas: The glove box light and the two sensors you come across when you remove the driver's side seat. The connectors are identical except for their physical size.

I have had no success with a screwdriver as for this to work without force, you'd have to press down on both sides simultaneously
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Almost all the connectors have a positive lock. The critical ones like the airbag system (yellow connectors) have a double action lock. ALL of them can be disconnected without excessive force if the locks are retracted properly. Unfortunately, there's several different configurations, but in general one either presses down on a tab that releases the lock, or uses a flat tool to unlock them. On the double action connectors, like the SRS system, one has to press one release to unlock the tab that releases the connector lock.

It's a kind of test, if you can't unlock them, you probably shouldn't be messing with them!
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