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      04-03-2018, 12:01 AM   #1
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Help with DCT Paddle Connectors

How do you remove this connector that connects to the dct paddles on the steering wheel. The diy video and Sonic MS diy pictures don't show details on removing it. It implies it just pulls out, but I've pulled and pulled and nothing. I've tried sticking different screwdrivers in the connector but still nothing.

Any help or tips on where to apply force on the connector? A pic of the connect's locking tab would be very helpful.
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      04-03-2018, 12:18 AM   #2
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If I remember they are tough to pull out. The top side is smooth so sticking a flat screw drive will not help. If anything the only "tab" is on the bottom side. Try sticking the super small and thin flat head on the bottom and then pull.
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If I remember they are tough to pull out. The top side is smooth so sticking a flat screw drive will not help. If anything the only "tab" is on the bottom side. Try sticking the super small and thin flat head on the bottom and then pull.
I've stuck 2 tiny screw drivers and a paperclip in there. Still doesn't release.
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I can sympathize. All I can say is it will come out eventually but hopefully nothing breaks. Those parts are not cheap
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Squeeze on the sides hard and pull. Thereís a few connectors like that on the interior where it feels like youíre gonna break it but at the same time itís the only way to disconnect it. Just donít use tool because thatís the main way that they end up breaking and if somethat has to break youíre better off breaking the wire than the connector
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Squeeze on the sides hard and pull. Thereís a few connectors like that on the interior where it feels like youíre gonna break it but at the same time itís the only way to disconnect it. Just donít use tool because thatís the main way that they end up breaking and if somethat has to break youíre better off breaking the wire than the connector
Thanks! Maybe I need to make a blood sacrifice to the car gods before the connector lets loose. Haha
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Yea, it's a PITA. Just pull hard
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I recall mine came out pretty easily just by wiggling it back and forth. Couldíve been lucky though.
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Go old school and tie a string around it then tie the string to the door and slam the door. Then put the connector under your pillow when you go to bed
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      04-05-2018, 02:45 PM   #10
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If I'm thinking of the part correctly, I think you can get away with not pulling that out. Otherwise everything I removed when I was changing mine was taken out by a really tiny flathead
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