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bob22 09-07-2013 11:31 AM

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.
Suggestions are appreciated!

RoyalAcresRod 09-07-2013 11:36 AM

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

bob22 09-07-2013 12:02 PM

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,

RoyalAcresRod 09-07-2013 12:23 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 07:39 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!

ukrkoz 09-09-2013 10:52 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 08:30 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 09:30 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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