Wire strands may be encountered at any point
up to 5/16 inch of tool insertion. It is important
not to jam any strands of wire up to this point.
Withdraw removal tool anytime during
insertion when it cannot be advanced into
connector using these procedures. Inspect tool
tip for nicks, cracks, mushrooming, and other
damage that will prevent its functioning.
Replace removal tool and repeat procedure, if
Refer to Figure 21 on approximate dimensions
of a size 22 contact and cavity. The dimensions
in this procedure are based on a size 22 contact.
Figure 21. Typical Connector Dimensions
d. Gently insert removal tool into cavity in about
/16 inch units, releasing tool after each unit if resistance
Rotating removal tool works splayed wire
strands into slot of tool, allowing tool to pass.
Removal tool may be blocked at rear of contact
by plastic insert or additional strands of broken
back end of contact, withdraw tool slightly, rotate
about 1/6 of a turn, and reinsert tool. Repeat rotating and
insertion procedure until tool passes with minimum
additional force to 5/16 inch-depth back end of contact
Wiggle removal tool gently to help guide into
insert bore and over back of contact. Additional rotation
may be required if broken strands are encountered.
g. Continue insertion of removal tool until
positive stop is felt at about 1/2 inch depth.
h. Exert axial pressure on engaging end of contact,
Figure 22. Unlocking Contact Retention Mechanism of
using appropriate pin or socket as pusher. (If contact
does not move, seat removal tool more firmly.)
Push contact completely out rear of connector
before disengaging removal tool (Figure 23).