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Old 04-06-2019, 05:22 PM
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In the process of changing out the headlights on my 2006 Estate Wagon. Not too bad getting the bumper cover off, but it included a 1/2-hour of trying figure out how to disconnect the main light harness. The headlights are now unbolted and hanging from the front of the car because I'm unable to figure out how to disconnect them from their connectors. I gave up after 1/2-hour after partially breaking one of them. This has been one of my biggest frustrations with both my Jaguars; no two connectors disconnect the same way and none of them are intuitive.

Anyone else feel my pain (and/or have a solution)?
 
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In the process of changing out the headlights on my 2006 Estate Wagon. Not too bad getting the bumper cover off, but it included a 1/2-hour of trying figure out how to disconnect the main light harness. The headlights are now unbolted and hanging from the front of the car because I'm unable to figure out how to disconnect them from their connectors. I gave up after 1/2-hour after partially breaking one of them. This has been one of my biggest frustrations with both my Jaguars; no two connectors disconnect the same way and none of them are intuitive.

Anyone else feel my pain (and/or have a solution)?

Skip to 5:40 in the video. Unfortunately, as with time, these connectors seem tougher to get off a little wiggling and a tug should get them off. Last time out of frustration I snapped one of the plastic tabs to release so we will see how it works next time. A screwdriver to push down should help as well. Goodluck
 
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I hit YT before I begin ANY first-time repair on a modern car, just to see what others have tried, and how well it works.

As far as inline connector retainers, don't worry too much if you break or lose one -- just take a small wire tie to hold them together.
 
 
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