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Old 01-29-2013, 09:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to release button of O2 sensor

Hello,

I have difficulties to release button of electrical connector on the O2 sensor and searched the forum without results.

The protruding flat plastic block attached the bottom of the sensor and I cannot press it to release the connector.
Can someone give me a little idea?

I went to a local shop for oil change. They suggestion me replacing the O2 sensors to improve MPG. However, they will charge me around $400 so I decide to deny it. Is it necessary to replace the upstream O2 sensors even if there is NO code?

Thank you

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Old 01-29-2013, 10:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Press on the tab that the end of your arrow is touching, then pull the connector apart while holding the tab down.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Press on the tab that the end of your arrow is touching, then pull the connector apart while holding the tab down.
Yes, I did press the tab down and tried to pull the connector out but it doesn't give up
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I had to break the tabs off to get mine to come apart, mine were the original o2 sensors so they refused to come off.
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I had to break the tabs off to get mine to come apart, mine were the original o2 sensors so they refused to come off.
Then how can you fasten the electrical connector?
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The tab is on the sensor end of the connector, a new one will have this same tab, mine did anyway. So I broke it off, pulled it out and installed a new sensor, no issues.
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The tab is on the sensor end of the connector, a new one will have this same tab, mine did anyway. So I broke it off, pulled it out and installed a new sensor, no issues.
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Or, like so many others around here advise, just hit it with a big hammer.
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I got myself one of those when I bought this car. Knew I would need it!

The other thing you should try is a small flathead screwdriver to push the tab in. Seems to help with those stuck on connectors.
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