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Can't remove c-clip

 
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87IrocTim
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:38 pm    Post subject: Can't remove c-clip Reply with quote

Bought a new passenger side rear axle. It is a 10 bolt, all stock except 3.73's. I removed the abs sensor, freed up the axle, pushed it in, even using a c-clamp and a sledge hammer. The c-clip is annoyingly close to being able to remove, yet i just cant get it out. Just by looking, I would say .020" would get it out, but for the life of me it will not come out and is driving me crazy. Anyone have any advice on how to get the slack needed to get this little jerk to fall out? What should have taken an hour to replace will now take a second day of messing with.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are pushing the axle in and not obtaining enough room to pull the C-clip out with a magnet I will assume the side gear is moving in with the axle. This is either due to twisted splines on the axle or corrosion. As you push the axle in; wack the side gear with a long punch and hammer to try and drive the gear further on to the axle splines and creating room to remove the C-clip.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

excellent idea, Dave! i hadn't thought of that. i have had this issue where someone put an axle saver bearing in and the axle no longer has enough travel to remove the c clip. you can drive in the c clip but you cant remove it.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What car is it for?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I figured it out. I bought a second c clamp and squeezed opposite sides of the axle to the hub and it dropped right out. Quite the pain in the ass and a second $6 c clamp did the trick
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