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AO Silver Member
Join Date: May 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Damp - could be. The speed controller is electronic ( as opposed to the simple resistor based phase 1 unit ) so if water has got in, it may have shorted.
If you remove the plastic scuttle panel on the passenger side you should find beneath it a plastic panel that protects the air intake from water. For some reason, these are often missing. Without the plastic panel, water gets into the intake and ends up in the footwell.
I can't help with the connector. I have removed them in the past, but I can't remember how the locking mechanism works. It does have two connectors anyway - 1 with 2 thick wires and the other with 3 thin wires.