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Unread 03-29-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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Extracting connectors from relay socket

I'm trying to remove the wire/connector from a relay socket so I can upgrade the wire gauge.
I've read about using a small screwdriver to press down on a TAB on the spade lug, but it's not happening for me
Does anyone know the right way to do this, or a trick?
In the picture, I've circled the opening on the socket where I'm trying to press the tab.
Also, are there special connectors used in relay sockets? None of the female spade lugs in my collection have such a tab.

TIA

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Unread 03-29-2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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I can relate to what you've got going on here.
It's actually a pretty simple latching mechanism once you see it. There's a little stamped-out barb tab on the back of the female lug that's slightly bent outwards so it catches on a small lip or ridge in the socket channel.



A really very small screwdriver would work to slide down the hole behind the lug to depress the tab enough to clear the lip so the lug will slide back out. Baling wire is stiff enough and readily available so I'll often just use a short piece of it. You'll want to push it down in there as far as you can and wiggle it around at the same time as you push and pull/wiggle the wire from the backside to help unseat the tab from the lip. You just need to push that little tab back into the lug enough to clear the lip at the bottom of the hole you push the screwdriver down into. If you go to put the same lug back in the socket, you may have to bend the tab back out slightly in order to get it to catch well on the lip again.



None of my female spade connector current stock has that tab but I remember having had ones that did. Perhaps it's a specialty feature for use in sockets.
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different connectors/pins....
i got a set of these...
terminal tools..
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different connectors/pins....
i got a set of these...
terminal tools..
I like. I want. Where?

*Edit: Amazon FTW! but in the meantime, baling wire it is.
Lisle-56500-Terminal-Tool
Lisle-14900-Terminal-Tool
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Finally got the wires out. Thanks for the help. Now to find female spade lugs with the tabs...
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