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Trying to install the 2020 AT Honda OEM engine guards and the instructions say remove the side middle cowl to access the LAF sensor harness connector and separate the connector. This has to be done to lower the exhaust to remove a bolt to install the engine guard bracket. For the life of me I cannot get this connector to separate. Any one know how to separate it?
(Yes that is a screwdriver I tried to put in to pry it off to no success and yes I tried pushing or pulling the red parts)
Any Honda mechanics in the group? This was supposed to be a simple install.... not.

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Can't say exactly, however, I do recall the harder you try - the less likely you will succeed, and maybe even break something.

Use your Zen.

I remember the least amount of effort and it came easily apart. It is a strongly designed coupler for sure.

I used no tools.
 

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Look in pg.5

There are two types of connector locks; push-in and pull-up.
Determine whether the connector is a push-in or pull-up
type. Release the connector locks carefully
3. Hold the connector bodies, not the wires, push them
together, unlock, and then pull apart evenly.
Do not pull on wire harnesses.
4. Inspect terminals for oxidation or corrosion. Clean or replace
terminals as necessary
Carefully inspect all terminals of mating wire harnesses and
electrical components for oxidation or corrosion. Clean or
replace as necessary.
If widespread corrosion is discovered, it may be necessary
to replace the wire harness.
 

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Look in pg.5

There are two types of connector locks; push-in and pull-up.
Determine whether the connector is a push-in or pull-up
type. Release the connector locks carefully
3. Hold the connector bodies, not the wires, push them
together, unlock, and then pull apart evenly.
Do not pull on wire harnesses.
4. Inspect terminals for oxidation or corrosion. Clean or replace
terminals as necessary
Carefully inspect all terminals of mating wire harnesses and
electrical components for oxidation or corrosion. Clean or
replace as necessary.
If widespread corrosion is discovered, it may be necessary
to replace the wire harness.
I think it is a pull up type. I will keep trying, and worse case I will re-assemble and take it to the dealer to show me how. Never been stumped by a connector like this one.
 

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Not having a 20, I can’t go look but, from the pic....where you have the screwdriver inserted looks as if the tab should be pushed down, not pryed up. The line drawing shows the locking lug that the tab engages, pushing down on the tab should release the lug.

The screwdriver acts as a wedge, tightening up the whole connector.

Hope it helps. Go easy and slow, step away for a while if needed so you don’t do anything you’ll regret.
 

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PROBLEM RESOLVED. Thanks for the great advice. It was a push type, and when I squeezed it together and pushed down it opened right up. Thanks. I am finding this forum to be invaluable. I’m sure this will not be the last time I reach out.
 

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I am sure the next time I meet up with that connector again, I will be reinventing the wheel. :rolleyes:

Just have to remember not try too hard.
 
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