Williams Pinbot: Stupid Question / How to get this plug apart?

merkury

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Hi again, I have a pretty basic (stupid) question. Please see the photos for the exact harness plugs. It's a Williams System 11 Pinbot. How do you get these things apart? I am swapping the playfield and need to remove the old playfield so I can transfer all the components over.

Big Harness Plug
Small Harness Plug

Thanks in advance!
 

pinballdaveh

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Hi again, I have a pretty basic (stupid) question. Please see the photos for the exact harness plugs. It's a Williams System 11 Pinbot. How do you get these things apart? I am swapping the playfield and need to remove the old playfield so I can transfer all the components over.

Big Harness Plug
Small Harness Plug

Thanks in advance!
With the big harness plug, hold the plug body using both hands holding the 4 short ends , wiggle the 2 parts of the plug apart.
It’s the same for the small harness plug, but some of the smaller plugs will have 2 locking clip tabs that need to be released with a small straight screwdriver, then wiggle the plug apart.
Never pull plugs apart by the wires.
 

merkury

Inserted Coin
Thanks again pinballdaveh. I thought I should ask before I made a mistake forcing it apart. I had to hold onto one side with a small pair of channel lock pliers and I wore a pair of gloves. I had bought a set of pin release tools (I think that's what they are called). I used a couple of those wedged in also to release the locks.

I did manage to get them apart though! Now my old playfield is out of the cabinet.
 
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