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U joint cap clips, help needed

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Need some help on how to get these little boogers out. They aren’t froze up, spin in the grove. Have tried using a pick to try and pry out at either end while blocking other end from spinning, with no luck. 

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Rather than work from the ends you might try trying to get a pick or small screw driver between  the clip and lip of the driveshaft and pry to the enter, up in your picture. With any luck it will force the two ends together and the clip will pop out. Also applying inward pressure on the cap may give you a bit more wiggle room, socket an vice or c clamp. 

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How about drilling a hole or cutting a slot on the shaft that goes half way in to the end of the groove? This way you can move the end of the clip a little past the groove and pry that end with a screw driver from the outer edge of the clip.

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Move the clip away from the marked area, cut a groove like this with a dremel etc at the marked area . Move one end of the clip just past the groove you cut then push it through the groove.

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 May be time to break out the dremel. I would not grind on the driveshaft only on the clip and or cup.

Those retainers are meant for joints that have the grove on the inside portion of the cap, near the center of the cross.

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Try clamping one side and then use a 90deg scriber to ease one side out far enough to place a small screw driver in between the clip and the housing.

 https://sydneytools.com.au/product/endeavour-tools-da1255-90-degree-engineers-scriber

 

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Maybe a small C clamp in one side to keep it from spinning, and then get a sharp point under the end without the clamp on it.  I have done it several times, but do not remember how I did it.  Maybe there is a show on youtube that describes a hidden method? 

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Gently hit the center of the cap with a drift punch or ...yes ,an old extension ,it will loosen the cap from the snap ring enough to make the ring loosen ,a dremmel with a cutting wheel should cut the ring enough to be able to bend it or break it ,and those are the wrong snap rings, they are actually 65 66 style 

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Glad you got those removed.  In the end, those were the wrong clips for that application.  For that application, I've always seem internal snap rings with an eye (small hole) at each end for use of snap ring pliers.

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