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Old 08-07-2019, 03:42 AM
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Name for part?

Would like to order some parts online, because I tend to drop/lose them.

They are used for holding electric plugs in engine bay. There can be smaller which fit injector plug for example, and bigger which fit camshaft position sensor plug.

Those same ones basically fit many different places and once in a while I lose one and then I borrow from some less important place and now I could use many already.

How are those called?
Or even better if having link to ebay.
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Go to www.realoem.com and enter the last 7 characters of the carís vehicle identification number. Hit enter and bookmark the page. Scroll down to engine electrics.
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Jup, been there done that. Anyone who can actually help?

I mean those metal things which secure plugs so that they wouldn't come off.
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Basically yes, but just that metal part. There can be bit difference, but if I find the part and the place I could order 10 right away I have many plugs which don't have because it fell somewhere down there. Some I found later some I didn't.
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I have seen people post before just looking for the metal clip without success. If you can identify the exact connector and itís only $2 each then 10 connectors would be pretty cheap and solve your problem. If you have a friendly Indy shop you visit they may keep them in a bin somewhere and hand you some for free. I keep my old hoses and clips for that reason.


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Oh, they don't excist separately? Dammit!
I guess should try some junk yard then. If there was some wreck where i could just collect handfull of them and give 10 and be happy.

Why can't chinese sell those cheap just like everything else?
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They are not sold separately because they are not meant to be separated from the connector--you're disconnecting them improperly. Connectors with a wire bail like that are unlocked by pressing in on the bail and holding it while separating the connector halves. The bail is not meant to be removed from the connector body.

Bails that lift to unlock (e.g., radiator hoses) have hooks at the ends of the wire to stop them at the unlocked position so in theory, those shouldn't be removed from the hose either. In practice, they tend to snap back and re-lock while trying to separate the hose so it's usually less aggravating to just remove & replace them. As noted, that's where the old part comes in handy when the occasional bail goes flying off to parts unknown.
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