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The front door electrical connector on the Astra Mk5 H, is a rectangular multiplug. Is there a special technique for pulling it off. Are there clips which must be released first?

Any tips appreciated.

(I haven't uploaded a picture as I'd like a reply from someone who has experience of this connector, rather than people just guessing)

Edit... picture added. I figured it out, though guesses are welcome!

Astra H Door Multiplug

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    If I had the pic, I wouldn't need to guess. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 May 13 '16 at 16:59
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    Generally manufacturers don't like to put the door electrical connect in a wet zone. What I've seen is wiring harnesses with rubber / plastic overmold seals, with the hardshell plastic electrical connectors far removed from the door hinge area. Are you looking at a protective overmold seal? Another recommendation: purchase the service manual! They will have photos that apply to your vehicle. – zipzit May 13 '16 at 17:40
  • Maybe it's like what they do on Chrysler's now and there are actually multiple plugs with a rubber boot over the harness. The plugs are just held in place by a plastic carrier. – Ben May 13 '16 at 19:53
  • @Paulster2 Ok, so not posting the pic was laziness on my part, i admit it! But my point stands... if you see a pic and you've never got your hands on one of these connectors personally, then you're just guessing... which is exactly what I'll be doing later today with a variety of prying tools. – Greg Woods May 14 '16 at 14:42
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Pry up on top the center portion of the plug with a small screw driver and it will slide up and release the latch on the connector. Then the plug slides off.

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Ben is correct, although I'd already figured it out by this point. This connector contains a weatherproof seal, which combined with the 34 pins would make it difficult to remove. So this plug cleverly has a clip whose main purpose is to evenly prise the plug out of it's socket as you slide it upwards. A very clever design.

Here it is released Astra H Door connector (released)

And the red-herring is the clip which keeps the rubber boot in place. Shown here unclipped enter image description here

Finally, I doubt there is anyone quite as stupid as me... but when you have to leave the car to go and get your multimeter - don't slam the door shut with the connector dangling loose. It won't end well!

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