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How to Uncrimp Wires? (2 Simple Methods)

Are you having trouble uncrimping electrical wires? If so, this article will show you some tips to uncrimp them.

It could be your home or vehicle; you might have many wires with crimp connectors and sometimes have to uncrimp them because of a damaged wire. Or you might be looking to sort out tangled wires. Either way, uncrimping crimped wires can be quite annoying.

Methods Summary

MethodEffectiveness
Method 1: Use a Flathead ScrewdriverEffective for removing most crimp connectors but may cause physical damage to the connector.
Method 2: Cut the Wires and Remove the Crimp ConnectorEffective for removing difficult-to-remove crimp connectors, but requires splicing and attaching new wires.

I will go into more detail below.

2 Methods to Uncrimp Wires

Crimp connectors are excellent for solid and safe wire connections. But over time, these wires might get damaged.

When that happens, you’ll have to replace the wires, and first, you should remove the crimp connectors from the wires. Uncrimping such wires can be quite a daunting task. But it is not that difficult, and here are two methods that can work in such a situation.

Method 1 – Use a Flathead Screwdriver

This is the first method, and you’ll only need a flathead screwdriver for this method. Also, you should follow this process gently when using the flathead screwdriver.

Step 1 – Locate and Isolate

locate and isolate for crimping
Video | tsbrownie

First and foremost, locate and isolate the crimp connector you want to remove. This step might be a little difficult when dealing with tangled wires. Therefore, first, try to clear up the mess if you can. Then, identify the damaged wires and their crimp connector.

Step 2 – Position the Flathead Screw Driver

flathead screw driver
Video | tsbrownie

After that, place the flathead screwdriver on a metal tab of the crimp connector. You might have to follow a different approach according to the type of crimp connector you use.

Step 3 – Loosen the Metal Tabs

loosen metal tabs
Video | dbarton

Next, gently loosen the two tabs from the wire. It would be best to be careful not to damage the crimp connector during this step. Therefore, loosen the tab very gently. And do the same for the other metal tab too.

metal tab in zoom
Video | tsbrownie

However, removing the crimp connector without any physical damage is difficult. For instance, some crimp connectors are only for one-time use, and you might need a new crimp connector for reconnecting wires.

Step 4 – Pull Out the Wires

pulling out the wires from metal tabs
Video | tsbrownie

Finally, pull out the bare wire from the crimp connector.

Tip: Also, you can use a small sharp chisel instead of the flathead screwdriver.

Method 2 – Cut the Wires and Remove the Crimp Connector

Method 1 will not work all the time. Some crimp connectors might be difficult to remove. If that is the case, you must follow a different approach. In this second method, I’ll teach you that. You’ll need a wire cutter, and here are the steps.

  1. Locate the damaged electrical wires.
  2. Cut off the part of the wire with the crimp connector. Make sure to cut off the damaged wire part too.
  3. Get some new wires, and attach them to the old wire (use a new crimp connector for this).


Is it Possible to Uncrimp Electrical Wires?

wire crimp
Video | VogMan

Yes, it is possible to uncrimp the electrical wires. But this statement might not be true all the time. For instance, some crimp connectors are extremely hard to uncrimp.

Tip: Sometimes, you might use solder to connect the crimp and wires. These types of connections are very hard to uncrimp.

And sometimes, the crimp connector might get damaged while uncrimping the wires.


Can I Reuse the Crimp Connectors?

Most crimp connectors are made for one-time use only. However, you can safely disconnect these connectors from the wire, given that you do it smoothly. Even when using a reusable crimp connector, you should be careful not to damage it during the uncrimping process.


Is Soldering the Crimp Connectors a Good Thing?

Indeed. Soldering the crimp connection is a good thing. It will make the wire connection stronger. But this could backfire when uncrimping wires, given that it is nearly impossible to safely uncrimp soldered crimp connectors.



Video References

VogMan

tsbrownie

dbarton

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About Sam Orlovsky

AvatarCertifications: B.E.E.
Education: University Of Denver - Electric Engineering
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Electrical engineering is my passion, and I’ve been in the industry for over 20 years. This gives me a unique ability to give you expert home improvement and DIY recommendations. I’m not only an electrician, but I also like machinery and anything to do with carpentry. One of my career paths started as a general handyman, so I also have a lot of experience with home improvement I love to share.

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