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Old 12-18-2010, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Electrical connector pin removal tools or techniques

I need to remove female connnector pins from a 71 turn signal plug steering column harne. Am having no luck using a fine screwdriver to depress the retainer tang to release them. I don't mind buying tools for this, what do you guys use for this? Am trying to avoid cutting and splicing wires back in.

Saw this kit from Summit, anyone use this for such tasks?

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Hi,
I know they can be a PITA! For the money, I guess it's worth a try. Do you have a Harbor freight in your area to check?
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NPD has a tool that works very well.
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Spot on, my friend. Its their PN 957-2. Even the description specifies it works for turn signal plug pins. Good price too, thanks!

Looks similar if not identical to the Snap-on one here:


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If you go to an electronics supply store (Radio Shack doesn't count), you
can get a professional pin removal tool for pretty cheap. The inside diameter
of the outer tube does what the Summit tools do but there's an inside piece
on the pro type tools that actually pushes the pin connector out of the plug.

It's this design of tool.....the one's I have are 3-4 bucks though.

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Old 12-18-2010, 12:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes, seems like those we used in my aviation days were like that; they had an inner plunger with a ball knob tn the end that would actually push the pin out of the socket for you. I may take a trip to my local Fryes on this and see what they have. I think I have seen the Lisle unit I have pictured above at some local parts stores.

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