Can't detach cornering light connector


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Can't detach cornering light connector

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I'm trying to detach my lower cowling (the one containing the cornering lights). There's a black electrical connector that hooks up to the light socket that I cannot seem to release. I can't find any information on how it works. Does anyone have any advice, or a link to a video that shows how it's done?




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Re: Can't detach cornering light connector

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Try this...(can be very stubborn)


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Sigh. Nothing doing. I ended up pulling the bulbs and bases out of the running lights and detaching them that way. These things are stuck good -- not even groove jaw pliers and some aggressive picking at the tabs would get them to loosen up. I guess I just have a different method for removing the fairings on this bike. ;)
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I should have first said thanks for your help. This is my first time working on a Goldwing, and the first time I've picked up a wrench in over a decade, so I can use all the help I can get!
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We all do what we can for not being there in person. I had a Ranger to work on and tried to remove the Coils connector. Same issue as yours, could not disconnect it, but when I tried to put a new one on, that connector JUST would not click.
Went to lunch & with a clearer mind dug in again. NEVER in my wildest wrenchings I would see 2 seals in one connector. Previous wrencher didn't look at the old coil wire for the old seal, it was still in and me trying to put another one in... ya, pulled it out & CLICK.
Yours... maybe??? Push together real hard and CLICK it open. :roll:
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Have you tried explosives?
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Not yet, but i don't take no for an answer.
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Use a hair dryer for 10-20 mins to warm up that connector. The expansion should break it loose.

Try the ROTATE - PUSH & PULL method.


If not, then "M-80" that bugger. :P

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Rambozo wrote: Sat Dec 11, 2021 4:43 am Have you tried explosives?
Dy-no-mite!
Personally I'm a hammer and chisel man myself!
Really though, if it is that hard to take apart it is likely due to the metal being corroded so some wd40 and some time might do it but I've seen some that I had to break apart. If this helps, those small 50cc scooters (liquor cycles) use the same wire connectors that the big bikes do and I have gone to a scooter repair shop and gotten some off of wiring harness that have been repaced if it comes down to that.
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BadgerWing wrote: Sat Dec 04, 2021 6:00 pm I'm trying to detach my lower cowling (the one containing the cornering lights). There's a black electrical connector that hooks up to the light socket that I cannot seem to release. I can't find any information on how it works. Does anyone have any advice, or a link to a video that shows how it's done?tempImageI5MLju.gif
It's not normally a black connector, it looks like electrical tape or something is coating the connector. usually even if a bit stiff, lift the tab and a small flat blade screwdriver would work.
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Now that you mention it there is a lot of black, it may be liquid brushable electrical tape. It doesn't look like strips. I wonder if heating the connector with a heat gun to soften the coating would help.
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Swagonmaster wrote: Sat Dec 25, 2021 7:21 pm Now that you mention it there is a lot of black, it may be liquid brushable electrical tape. It doesn't look like strips. I wonder if heating the connector with a heat gun to soften the coating would help.
That's what I thought. That would certainly make it extremely hard to take off. Wonder why the PO did that


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