Tool Review VW Connector Release Tool from Schwaben

VW connector tool
VW connector tool

Schwaben connector tool. Picture from

It’s Thursday, so it is time for another tool review. Today I am reviewing the Schwaben Connector release tool for VW and Audi Connectors. I picked this tool up from ECS Tuning for about $15. Initially I was concerned that it would damage the connector. I have used it a bunch of times, and it has performed great. I am still cautions about breaking the connector, but it seems to function well.

Show Notes:

  • Review of the Schwaben VW connector release tool
  • You can pick this up from ECS Tuning
  • Pros
    • Cheap
    • Well built
    • Gives a little extra reach for connectors
  • Cons
    • You don’t “need” this tool
    • I will always be concerned about breaking connectors with this tool
  • Use on many VW or Audi connectors including, door latches, coils, air flow meter, o2 sensors and more.
  • Tips on removing VW or Audi connectors with out this tool

Like I said in the video, I think this is a neat tool. As always, post your thoughts in the comments section. I love hearing from you guys.

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6 replies
  1. Mary
    Mary says:

    Hi there,

    I have found this Steelman 10-Piece Terminal Tool Kit for VW/Audi that has 10 pieces for only $80 and I’m thinking to purchase it as it sounds like a good deal v.s. one piece for $15. Could you please tell me what do you think, will they do the job? I’m not sure as I’m not very familiar with the differences but would like to get some good base set.



  2. says:

    Looks like a good, interesting tool, especially for people who don’t work on VW’s that often. I’ve jammed many a screwdriver into a connector to get it to pop loose. This tool could give novices more confidence in popping the connectors loose.

  3. Peter
    Peter says:

    I think that kit might be a bit of an overkill unless you work on VW/Audis on a regular basis. I have the Schwaben tool and it is very nifty. Prior to this I just used my thumb nail or a screwdriver , which I never liked. One thing that was not mentioned about this tool is that it prevents you from over-pulling the release tab which is a common source of breaking the lock mechanism. In front of the release tab is a square hole where the front part of the tool enters. When you pull back the front part hits the back edge of the square hole preventing you from over pulling the release tab. It’s very difficult if not impossible to break the release with this tool

  4. Mr. Tian
    Mr. Tian says:

    Not bad for $15 but I would continue to use a 90 degree angle pick to release all connectors. Especially those with broken front tabs. It looks like a sprocket pin holder used on diesels with modified ends.


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