Coil Pack connector removal tips?

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mikep99
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Coil Pack connector removal tips?

Post by mikep99 » Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:21 pm

Hi All,

Just went to replace my plugs but gave up after a while as one of the coil pack connectors was proving to be a pain to remove.
Now, I managed to loosen 3 of the 4 on the driver's side using the push towards coil pack, press on the clip till it clicks, and pull down method.
But the 3rd's being a PITA.
I tried a few times with a screwdriver in the clip and the connector clicked but still wouldn't move.
Didn't want to go overboard with the screwdriver so as not to snap anything.

Any tips?

Cheers
Mike

Kenny147
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Re: Coil Pack connector removal tips?

Post by Kenny147 » Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:41 am

Breaking the connectors is not unusual as the plastic can become brittle due to heat and and age. The method I use, if they’re being difficult, is to push them in fully, then push the clip down and wiggle/pull at the same time. You might need to do it a few times before it works. If you push them in and hear a very faint click, you simply slide them out.

Good luck.

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Re: Coil Pack connector removal tips?

Post by mikep99 » Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:41 am

Cheers Kenny,

I'll have another go at them this morning.
Found this video where he uses a pick so I'll try that as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srBS3_Q82rY

ta
Mike

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Re: Coil Pack connector removal tips?

Post by mikep99 » Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:18 pm

Success!
Using the method in the video above with the pick...

Worth giving it a go if your connectors are being stubborn :)

ta
Mike

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Re: Coil Pack connector removal tips?

Post by TrevoRS4 » Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:16 pm

If you end up breaking them the part number is 4B0973724. There’s a lot on eBay.
Edit: well done I didn’t refresh my browser!
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Re: Coil Pack connector removal tips?

Post by Kenny147 » Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:30 pm

TrevoRS4 wrote:
Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:16 pm
If you end up breaking them the part number is 4B0973724. There’s a lot on eBay.
And do yourself a favour; get a good quality VAG electrical connector tool. If you have a quality one, it takes seconds to remove the individual junior power connectors from the housing and swap them over.

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Re: Coil Pack connector removal tips?

Post by James1984 » Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:50 pm

I use a mini 90 degree pick on all these types of connector, makes them so much easier to remove
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Re: Coil Pack connector removal tips?

Post by mikep99 » Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:39 pm

All done now and car starts with no warning lights etc.
Oil & filters done as well.
It's on blocks at the mo while my wheels are getting refurbed so I'll take it out for a spin towards the end of next week hopefully.

I used one of these to remove the coil packs:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/T40039-Ignit ... SwkcVe1ae7

Well worth the small outlay IMO.

Cheers for the advice.
Mike

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