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Retaining Ring Removal

  1. Aug 22, 2011 #1
    This is more of a practical question - what is the proper way to remove the retaining ring shown below? Note that it does not contain lug holes, so I am not sure whether retaining/snap-ring or circlip pliers would be capable of removing the ring.
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  3. Aug 22, 2011 #2


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    The right way is using a C-clip remover. The easy way is with safety glasses and needle-nose pliers or a small screwdriver.
  4. Aug 23, 2011 #3
    Whatever way you remove it at some stage it will go spoing and you'll spend the next 47 minutes on your hands and knees looking for it.
  5. Aug 23, 2011 #4
    That is commonly called an "e-clip". They slide on/off the shaft sideways.

    Removal can be accomplished two ways:
    1. E-clip removal tools push against the legs (radially or perpendicular to the shaft). Small needle-nose pliers can be used if the clip is large enough.

    1. Insert a small blade screwdriver is into one of the open spaces and twist.

    Drape a rag over the assembly as you are removing the clip, to avoid Jobra's all-too-common scenario. :smile:
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  6. Aug 23, 2011 #5


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    Good response, pantaz, and good illustrations. I use another method, too, if I can. Grab the back side of the clip (away from the open end) with a tiny pair of needlenose pliers and just pull it off the shaft. A co-worker gave me a Sears gift certificate one year, and I used it on this set of mini-tools. They get 'way more use than I ever expected.

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