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Old 06-10-2019, 09:13 PM
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Electrical Harness Release Point

I'm trying to get this electrical harness off so I can get to the AC/Heater actuator. Anyone have an idea of how to release this? This is behind and to the right of the glovebox. I'm about to just break the damn thing off.

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Haven't pulled this exact connector before but have done wire harness assembly and troubleshooting for a long time.

Good call on waiting tight. Try this; small flathead to push the catch lever arm shown in the circle toward the body, then it looks like the gray U-lever is used to pry the contacts apart. (I would try try pushing the U-lever away from the view in this pic)


Just looked at your pic again and it looks like there may be another release catch behind the harness in front of the gray u-lever. (unless that's a body mount)
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Thanks Chris. I'll give it another shot tonight.
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You need to look at that grey lever and see which direction should swing in. Then swing it in that direction. Usually those lever will start the separation of the connector.
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After screwing with this for 45 minutes trying not to break anything I finally figured it out. The only thing holding the wiring harness in are two plastic Christmas tree type grommets. All I had to do was pull a little on the harness...duh!
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I'm trying to get this electrical harness off so I can get to the AC/Heater actuator. Anyone have an idea of how to release this? This is behind and to the right of the glovebox. I'm about to just break the damn thing off.



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How did you make out with replacing the actuator? I tried a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t get to the screws holding the actuator. Are the screws Phillips head?



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How did you make out with replacing the actuator? I tried a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t get to the screws holding the actuator. Are the screws Phillips head?
Success! As you're well aware there's not much space to get your hands up in there. Once the two wiring harnesses were out of the way I was able to get my hands up in there to get both screws out. There's a front and a back screw, both Phillips head. The front screw is easy to get to, the back one, not so much. You MUST use a small ratchet with a Phillips head bit to get to the rear screw.
This is the one Amazon recommended when I was checking out. I started out using it, but I ended up using a ratchet I already had because it had a little longer reach. I'll take a picture of the one I used when I get back to the house.

Here's the actuator I purchased from Amazon.
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I do have a ratchet like he photo! I’m going to try it today. Thanks for the tips.


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When you separated the two wiring harnesses from their mounts to move them out of the way....did you reattach them after? Were you able to reuse the Christmas tree push rivits?


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I do have a ratchet like he photo! I’m going to try it today. Thanks for the tips.

I helps if you can get both hands in there....right hand to hold the ratchet and left hand to put slight pressure on the ratchet towards the bit.
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When you separated the two wiring harnesses from their mounts to move them out of the way....did you reattach them after? Were you able to reuse the Christmas tree push rivits?
I did re-attach these. The Christmas tree rivets are made of a soft plastic so they don't end up breaking.
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Here are the ratchets I used. The one on the bottom worked a little better due to the angle and length of the bit.
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Here are the ratchets I used. The one on the bottom worked a little better due to the angle and length of the bit.


I have the bottom ratchet! Is that the craftsman?


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