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Old 09-30-2008, 10:41 PM   #1
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Stupid u-joint clips

Okay so I had to pull the hub and axle out to replace a u-joint. No big deal, and I would have been done in a flash, but the the circle clips are seem rusted in place. Any thoughts on what to use on these, the old flat head screw driver is getting me nowhere fast. I do have complete spare shafts, but the one's I took out are ABS, and the spares are not.. what say ya all about a temp fix with the non abs shafts?

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Old 09-30-2008, 10:45 PM   #2
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pb blaster or kroil.
let soak, then they should come out with needlenose pliers.

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If it comes down to it you can swap out the shaft and replace later... but why do that again when the u-joint is replaced?

Like guns said, soak it with some pb blaster, over night if needed.
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Ok question! Do you press yours in and out or use a hammer and brass dowel to knock out??Either way try to push the joint cup in some from one side to see if it helps you get to them better.Normally I smack the cup a time or two before I try the clips.This loosens them up some.
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Old 10-01-2008, 05:26 PM   #5
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the non abs have smaller cups to don't they? anywho, its a common headache. i do so many its second nature. and you probably don't have access to this, but i use a small sharp chisel bit on my air hammer and they pop out in no time, takes finess to work the air hammer just right but thats what i do. or else like already said, pb blaster, and hammer the cup away from the clip you're trying to get out.

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Yeah that is fun to watch that clip fly across the room at 50MPH after useing the air hammer to pop it out.
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^ya i know what you're saying, but i just get it to move about an 1/4" then i just pry them up so they don't go flyin. i used to hate doing those, now its nice and easy. that's the way that stuff is though. learning curve.
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I usually smack the clip a few times on it's ends with a small drift pin, once it spins a bit it's easier to remove.

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