Removing contact terminals from AMP Faston type connectors

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Mon Mar 28 14:32:22 EST 2005

These AMP Faston type terminals push and snap into the connector body from
the rear.  You need a thin, flat tool to release the retaining spring tab on
the back side of the terminal.  The blade that I use is about 0.050" X
0.018" X 1/2" long with a handle.  It could be a little wider.  Insert the
tool from the front of the connector between the back side of the terminal
and the plastic surrounding the terminal while pushing the related wire into
the connector from the back side, such that the retaining tab is off its
stop.  Pull the wire with terminal out of the connector while the tool is in
place.  Even an ME should be able to figure this out.


> From: "connell siddons" <connellsiddons at>
> here's the dumb quesion:  how the )(&*^(* do i get the recepticles out?  and
> i coulda sworn dielectric grease was a conductor?!?!?!?!?!?!
> hey, i'm a mechanical engineer, not electrical!!!!!!
> thanks for the help
>> From: Bernie Benz <b.benz at>
>> Reply-To: b.benz at
>> To: "Audi 20V" <audi20v at>
>> Subject: [audi20v] Re: windo/sunroof problems
>> Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 08:00:23 -0800
>>> From: "connell siddons" <connellsiddons at>
>>> my sunroof and windows intermittantly cut out on me and i've traced the
>>> problem to bad/loose connections at the window control module on the aux
>>> relay panel.  basically, the sockets for the pins are not getting good
>>> enough contact.  i can't get a tool in there to squeeze the sockets
>> together
>>> to increas pressure.  anyone have a suggestion as to getting a better
>>> connection?
>> Remove the receptacles from the socket one at a time and increase their
>> contact pressure.
>>> i was thinking about putting a tiny amount of dielectric grease and hope
>> it
>>> doesn't run between contacts and cause a short.  would that be a little
>> too
>>> risky?
>> As the name implies, dielectric grease is an insulator that will not help a
>> contact pressure problem.
>> Bernie
>>> thanks for the help

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