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Old 06-06-2014, 07:04 PM   #1
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Whats The Trick ...

To disconnecting the electrical plug that connects to the rear windshield motor?

I see where there is a tab on the side of the plug, but I'm not sure how to disconnect the unit. I don't want to destroy it, trying to undo it.

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Old 06-06-2014, 08:07 PM   #2
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I struggled with mine also. You'll need a lot more patience than I had to get it apart without breaking it. I was drenched with sweat and both thumbs nearly broke before the tab broke off that was keeping it welded together. Now it pulls apart easily. (A little too easily) lol.

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Old 06-06-2014, 09:24 PM   #3
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Can you explain what you had to do to get the plug to let go?

Jeep sure didn't give you much wire to play with.

That plug just barely comes all of the way out of that recessed hole. But not far enough to be able to really get at the plug very well.
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:12 PM   #4
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I don't remember having any problem with mine, but I sold the HT.
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Was there a tab or lever that you had move, lift, push in, etc?
Or, did you just pull on it, & it just separated into 2 pieces?
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:47 AM   #6
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I actually had to pull out the entire assembly. The tab I broke off is (was) on top of the connector.
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:11 AM   #7
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In theory, all you should have to do is press the toggle tab on the side of your connector and you should be able to wiggle it free.
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:12 AM   #8
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slide tab down, push on bottom of tab, and it should come out easily. There is a little plastic piece that catches a nub on the connector and when you push in on the tab after it slides down it release the plastic piece
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:26 AM   #9
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Mine was broken when I got my jeep and it was still hard to pull out. I don't even plug it in anymore when I put the hard top on.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:00 AM   #10
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slide tab down ...
On one side of the connector, I see something that could be a tab.
Maybe I'm looking at it wrong, but I don't see how you would "slide" this tab down.
I might be able to depress this tab, but it doesn't look like I'd be able to slide it.

I'm sure that, once I get this connector separated, I'll understand how it locks together.
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Is there a red lock on the plug?

Mine has a red lock that you have to slide over then you can disconnect the plug. I use a small screw driver to slide it over then it will disconnect very easily.
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slide tab down, push on bottom of tab, and it should come out easily. There is a little plastic piece that catches a nub on the connector and when you push in on the tab after it slides down it release the plastic piece
Can you post pictures of these items? (The tab that you slide down & the little plastic piece that catches a nub.)
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Is there a red lock on the plug? Mine has a red lock that you have to slide over then you can disconnect the plug. I use a small screw driver to slide it over then it will disconnect very easily.
I don't see any red part on this connector.

Maybe if Jeep adding 2 more inches of wire to the backside of the connector, you could get a better look at it.
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Mine has a red lock on the backside that pulls out, (in the same direction you are trying to pull the plug) then it comes right apart. I had to use a pair of needle nose pliers to get it ou the first time, now when I plug it back in, I don't push that red lock back in
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:58 PM   #15
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This is the red tab/lock if you don't have one it's broke and should come apart. Click image for larger version

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SUCCESS !!!

I finally separated that connector.
I ended up snapping off a little piece (I have no idea as to what that piece is supposed to do). But I can now remove the hardtop.

Even with that little piece being snapped off, the connector fits really snug. So, it won't be falling apart, going down the road.

Here is a photo of that little piece that broke off.
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SUCCESS !!! I finally separated that connector. I ended up snapping off a little piece (I have no idea as to what that piece is supposed to do). But I can now remove the hardtop. Even with that little piece being snapped off, the connector fits really snug. So, it won't be falling apart, going down the road. Here is a photo of that little piece that broke off.
Wish I seen this sooner. The bottom of what you have in your hand is a push tab. It lifts the lock. It fits tight anyway. Doubt you need it. HIGHLY doubt.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:24 PM   #18
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Not that it matters now, but was I supposed to push down on that piece?
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:40 PM   #19
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Not that it matters now, but was I supposed to push down on that piece?
The solid black piece is a button. It lifts the u shaped thing off a hook when it's pushed in. And it can be hard. That stuff gets brittle too. It shouldn't fall apart it's so tight. Electrical tape it if it pulls apart easy when you connect it back. Otherwise no worry's. I think there is a code. Seems like ALL automobile connectors have a lock no matter how stupid.
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... Electrical tape it if it pulls apart easy when you connect it back ...
No problems there.
That plug, even without that plastic piece, fits snug enough, it's not coming loose, unless I pull on it.

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