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Trying to remove the wire harness from the brake switch

I'm trying to remove this harness from the switch and it seems like it's lodged. It looks like someone had the same problem and broke some of the connector. I don't want to do the same!

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Sometimes they use red locking keys or gray locking keys in the wire harness to keep them from accidently coming apart. Check for any of those. Other than that you may need a small screwdriver and GENTLY pry the clips holding the harness together apart. Thanks for Using Fixya!

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