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bob22 09-07-2013 12:31 PM

Coolant level sensor plug removal help needed
 
Coolant reservoir is leaking. I cannot figure out how to unplug the coolant level sensor from the ball.
I'm afraid of cracking the plastic with too much force in the wrong place.
http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/h.../reservoir.jpg
Suggestions are appreciated!
Thanks!

RoyalAcresRod 09-07-2013 12:36 PM

Use a small screwdrivers to gently pry the tab so you cam pull the wire connector from the sensor

bob22 09-07-2013 01:02 PM

Rod,
Not to be unthankful but I've tried screwdrivers and channel locks in various ways to get the plug off.
Can you be a bit more specific about how you are suggesting to use the screwdriver? Placing the tip where?
Thank you,
Bob

RoyalAcresRod 09-07-2013 01:23 PM

I can't tell you specifically. Perhaps in that slot on the top. As you probably know, there's a little tab that has to retracted. Some of them you push in from the top,others from the side.

bob22 09-09-2013 08:39 AM

Well, I got it off. Not sure how it happened; but I was using a screwdriver to help push it off. I still don't know how to easily do this even with it off and looking at the plug and the bottle. Every wire connection on this car uses a different Chinese puzzle box trick to get it apart. Keeps you on your toes!
Thanks,
Bob

ukrkoz 09-09-2013 11:52 PM

Btw, I fixed and good, several cracked reservoirs with JB Weld. Make sure it's perfectly dry, grind deep fissure along the crack, de-grease, roughen area around fissure, and liberally apply compound to the repair area. Holds very well.
As of the plug.. I know it sounds corny, but when I lose patience with those, I simply break the tab. They stay in place without quite well anyway.
But it looks like you lift the tab up and slide plug off the sensor itself.

bob22 09-10-2013 09:30 AM

I'll post a picture of the bottle where the plug goes. The tab on the plug does nothing in spite of what you first think looking at it.
I've done a lot of car repairs and hate to admit defeat on something so seemingly simple!

Duckweather 09-10-2013 10:30 AM

Is the sensor molded into the reservoir? With the wires disconnected can you remove the entire reservoir to get a better look? If it is not removable, it might be easier to get another one at a junkyard.


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