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    Hi all.

    I'm in the middle of replacing my swirl flaps and whilst getting the inlet manifold off I have managed to pull a wire out of a connector:






    It pushes back in a little but is not secure and it won't go in as far as the others. Is it possible to get the blue insert out of the plug and re-fix it properly?

    Any help much appreciated.
     
     

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    if you can see any of the metal connector in that housing??? try soldering the wire back on?
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    Thanks for your reply. From the plug end you can see the metal connector, but at the end where the wire goes in it's just that blue plastic. There's no obvious way of getting those blue bits out and re-fixing the wire.
     
     

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    what about opening the plastic housing up (I know it will ruin it) then get the metal pins out and re solder the broken wire on then push the 3 now separate pins into the other half of the connector ( mark up first which goes where) then tape it all up or cover it in silicone so they don't short out..be a permanent connection then.
     
     

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    is it poss to use a very fine drill to give you a hole to connect the wire.
     
     

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    The pins do push out, the blue rubber is waterproofing... You can buy all the parts to repair them from the dealers.... Doesn't help you much ATM I know.

    If you get a SMALL pin or screwdriver you can gently prise the blue seal out of the back and you will be able to remove the terminal to solder the wire back on to make a temporary repair. You will need to be patient to remove the pin without damaging it to effect a repair...
     
     

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    I had a similar problem on a customers car a few weeks back, i managed to get the plug apart without damaging it (using a VERY thin flat blade) but soldering it back together didn't work. Just broke on reassembly.

    In the end i nipped to the scrappy, found the section i needed and cut the wire with about 3 inches of wire to work with, cut the one on the car and rejoined it all together.
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    Thanks for all your helpful replies.

    I managed to pull the blue bit out with a pin and then push the connector out (which fell into the engine bay and took me about two hours to find!)

    I was then able to solder the wire onto the connector, probably because the original copper was still attached which maybe helped the solder get a grip.

    Haven't put everything back yet (as I dropped something else into the engine bay) but hopefully it should all be ok.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by scissors View Post
    Thanks for all your helpful replies.

    I managed to pull the blue bit out with a pin and then push the connector out (which fell into the engine bay and took me about two hours to find!)

    I was then able to solder the wire onto the connector, probably because the original copper was still attached which maybe helped the solder get a grip.

    Haven't put everything back yet (as I dropped something else into the engine bay) but hopefully it should all be ok.
    Glad you managed to get it sorted - Butterfingers....

    Good luck putting it all back together.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Whittaker View Post
    Glad you managed to get it sorted - Butterfingers....
    I know! I've spent more time looking for stuff in the engine bay than doing the job.

    I've given up on looking for the latest dropped item and will go and buy another tomorrow. I saw it fall (a washer/spacer) so am pretty sure it's not gone into the inlet!
     
     

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