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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by teslabolt77, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:08 PM
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    teslabolt77

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    The green wire to my brake controller plug under the dash has released itself from the pin. Anyone know what type of pins they are? I bought a couple of kits on Amazon but I have no clue which one to use for this specific molex connector.

    Thanks!

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  2. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:15 PM
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    You should be able to use an ice pick or something of the sort and push the metal thing out from the front side. The metal part should have a little part holding it in place that you can depress and push it out the back. Then strip your wire and crimp it back on then push it back in its place.
     
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    ^ What he said. Although, an ice pick may be too big. Try a jewelers screwdriver or a straight pick.

    There is a barb that sticks up and wedges into the plastic. Just have to bend that down to release it.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:21 PM
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    YES, Barb! Thats the damn word i was looking for.
     
  5. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:28 PM
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    Thanks gents,

    is there just one barb, and if so which side are they typically on?

    Assuming I would push toward the wired end?
     
  6. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:29 PM
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    Small slim nose pliers or tweezers and pull it out.
     
  7. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:35 PM
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    Usually there is only 1 barb. You should be able to see it sticking up and into the plastic. It varies by plug on location. And yes it should slide out the wire side.
     
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    I wouldnt pull it out without depressing the barb first. It can break the super thin metal barb and then wont stick once you put it back in. Trust me, ive done it.
     
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    In the 2nd pic, it looks like it has the plastic flap on the side that you have to lift up first.

    Somebody has done some monkey moo work on those wires. Those aren't the factory crimps.
     
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  10. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:42 PM
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    Yeah, nothing is working. I have used all sorts of small picks and tubular tool designed just for this and none of them work. It's a little hard because I have no wire to pull on once i have it released. Might be buying a new pigtail. Ugh.
     
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    It also looks like that the metal pin has some damage on the connection side. May want to check the male plug to make sure that pin is straight as well.

    Try a paperclip or even a needle from the wifes sewing kit. It should slide out with little effort once released.
     
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    I noticed that too. Might not be worth the effort if the metal piece is damaged. Might not make a good connection once you get the wire back in.
     
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    Yeah, that was me from me trying to push it out. If I do get it out, I can easily replace it with one from Radio Shack.
     
  14. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:58 PM
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    Deforming the pin may make it harder to get out btw. If it's shot just bend it close to it's original shape and it should come out (after barb is bent). Just make sure the replacement is identical. Otherwise it probably won't stay in place.
     
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    Turns out that the brake control plug adapter harness is not using that wire anyway. Sheesh.

    I did learn that this little door on top opens up to unlock the wires. Win win.

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    If you still need the correct crimp pin look for the part number molded onto the Molex connector then look up the data sheet on the Molex website. I recall they usually list the crimp pin as well as the mating connector on their data sheets.
     
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    Rather than fighting to get the pin out of the plug, just get out your soldering iron and solder the wire onto the pin. Solder will hold it better than anything (about 100x better than it was ever held in there before), and there is plenty of room in there to solder it.

    Prepare the two sides by "tinning" them in advance (means melt some solder onto the wire, and melt some solder onto the pin), then add a blob of solder to your iron tip, hold the wire in place, and all you need to do is touch them with the soldering iron for half a second and it will be permanent.
     

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