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I feel like a real idiot with this one, but I figure I had better ask how to remove the engine harness connectors from my ECU before I break something. The car in question is an '05 Elise with the T4 ECU. The problem I am having is that the sliding clips will only slide about 1/4" which is not enough to allow the harness connectors to come free of the ECU and trying to do this by touch because I can't pull the harness up enough to see what is going on is aggravating the process. Is there a lock on the clips that I need to push while trying to slide them or are these clips just that hard to move? Seeing as there is no way to work on these connectors from above the engine bay except by touch, does it help to try to access them through the wheel well after the liner is removed or from underneath with the undertray removed in order to get a visual on I am trying to do? What am I missing here? :shrug:

TIA for any assistance you can give me.
 

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From the installed position, when you slide the plastic clips in opposing directions the connectors drop out with a bit of help. There is an ear on the clips the sits in a track that is at a very broad angle and as you pull the clip it forces the connector away from the ECU. I hope that helps.
 

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From the installed position, when you slide the plastic clips in opposing directions the connectors drop out with a bit of help. There is an ear on the clips the sits in a track that is at a very broad angle and as you pull the clip it forces the connector away from the ECU. I hope that helps.
The slides just seem to get stuck after about 1/4" when pulling on the flared ends. Am I just not pulling hard enough? Again, it doesn't help that they are in awkward positions and it is difficult to get a good grip on them. If it is this hard to get them off the ECU how difficult is refitting them again? I don't want to damage the connectors or the ECU.
 

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Once they're out enough the connectors should just come off.

they're notched which stops them pulling, once you're past that notch they ought to slide off easily, just slide them out slowly or they'll break.
i do have to use a small level somtimes.

you can pull them out all the way, but the ends will break off, since its very thin plastic

feel free to give me a call and i'll walk you through it. number in the sig link
 

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Once they're out enough the connectors should just come off.

they're notched which stops them pulling, once you're past that notch they ought to slide off easily, just slide them out slowly or they'll break.
i do have to use a small level somtimes.

you can pull them out all the way, but the ends will break off, since its very thin plastic

feel free to give me a call and i'll walk you through it. number in the sig link
Thanks for the tips Charlie. I think the slides are getting stuck at the notches. I have some small plastic lever type tools for removing interior trim that I can try to use to add a little force. Where do you pry on these slides?

I am leaving on vacation for a week and might not have any more time today to try anything, but thanks for the help guys and I won't try anything crazy until I have more time to work this out.
 
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