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post #1 of 11 Old 09-11-2013, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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72-Pin Connector on Firewall wont come un-plugged?

This sounds dumb, but I cannot get the large 72 pin connector to unplug from the firewall. The bolt holding the connector together seems to be stripped, it spends an endless amount of times in either direction. When I removed this plug last time I don't remember there being any clips holding it in, granted that was over 8 months ago.

Is there a trick to removing this sucker?



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Is it possible to drill and tap the bolt in the plug?



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I wouldnt drill and tap that.
The Bolt should become loose but shouldnt come out of the plug.

I havent disconnected mine in forever, and I would try it to tell you but I had that whole connector eaten up by squirrels and its spiced together.
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It almost looks like there are 2 clips holding it in but I'm not sure.



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It almost looks like there are 2 clips holding it in but I'm not sure.
the 2 clip looking things hold the other half in the firewall. there is only the bolt that holds it together. mine takes a 10 mm socket i think. can you take the inner fender well out to get better access are you trying to take it apart or put it back together?

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the 2 clip looking things hold the other half in the firewall. there is only the bolt that holds it together. mine takes a 10 mm socket i think. can you take the inner fender well out to get better access are you trying to take it apart or put it back together?
I currently have the fender wells out! The bolt holding it together just keeps spinning and wont let the connector loose.



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did the 2 halves come apart at all , does it move by pushing it in or pulling apart. hard to believe that the bolt can be stripped . the bolt head isn't rounded is it

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The two halves have not come apart at all and it doesn't move in or out. The bolt's head is not rounded



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You probably are just spinning the thread insert in the other side of the connector. You're going to have to get creative with a drill or a dremel tool to cut the bolt head off and get it apart.

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why do you need to take the connector apart? Could it be possible to get a pair of needle nose pliers on the bolt insert from the other side? or vise grip needle nose

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