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  1. Help! How do I remove a wire from a relay connector block? 
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    2003 5-Series, but it could be anything of a similar age.

    A wire has broken where it joins on to the plastic connector block which a relay plugs into. I need to remove the metal female end from inside the plastic connector block in order to re-fit it to the end of the wire. Presumably there is a metal tag (or possibly 2 tags) which I need to depress in order to release it, so I need to poke something into the connector block while pulling/pushing the metal end at the same time? Obviously a fiddly job, but does anybody have any tips?
     
     

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    I've used very thin panel pins that I have flattened at the end with a hammer, you can slide them in and release the wires, sure you can buy a proper tool to do the job.
     
     

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    Thanks Plumb. Do I need to push in a pin on just one side of the terminal or is there a tang on both sides?
     
     

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    Push from the opposite side to the wire and gently pull the wire out, there should only be one tab
     
     

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    If not grab a wire brush and pull one of the wires out with some pliers. The metal is tempered and quite tough so good for little jobs like this....
     
     

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    Thanks for the replies. I tried for an hour or more with bits of wire, hairgrips, tiny screwdrivers etc. In the end I cut out the section of the plastic connector block with a junior hacksaw to make room for a new Lucar connector.

    And now the rear self levelling suspension suspension works again on my E39 530d Touring.
     
     

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