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Old 01-15-2008, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm disassembling a transmission, and I'm to the point where I need to remove the 2 snap rings on the gear shafts.

In the fsm, it shows the use of a special tool. It appears to have a bolt into the end of each shaft, and extends to both sides so you can pry up on each shaft.

Can you just remove the snap rings without this? Do I need to pry up on the shafts with something else before removing the rings?

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Old 01-15-2008, 12:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Quote: Originally Posted by Pit Viper View Post
I'm disassembling a transmission, and I'm to the point where I need to remove the 2 snap rings on the gear shafts.

In the fsm, it shows the use of a special tool. It appears to have a bolt into the end of each shaft, and extends to both sides so you can pry up on each shaft.

Can you just remove the snap rings without this? Do I need to pry up on the shafts with something else before removing the rings?

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I used flat nosed needle nose to spread the snap ring apart, then used a small flat head to slide under the snap ring. its kinda tricky.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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not sure which ones you mean (small strong ass one on the end of the shaft) or the larger ones holding the casing on. On both I had 2 people. One with snap ring pliers the other with flathead.

Its a huge PITA. Avoid if you can
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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shit meng its easy....
you dont need the tool, but the tool would make life easy when trying to put it back in.(gearset).

Anyways for removal, just push on the assembly to get some space and use your snap ring pliers. (use a flat screw driver if needed)
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shit meng its easy....
you dont need the tool, but the tool would make life easy when trying to put it back in.(gearset).

Anyways for removal, just push on the assembly to get some space and use your snap ring pliers. (use a flat screw driver if needed)

You are the man then because myself and 3 others all worked on mine (the one on the end of the shaft, not the big one holding the casing on) and yeh I think about 2-3 hours of my life is gone now because of it
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well tell ya what...Next time,I'll remove your snap rings, and next time I'm ready to re-install the tranny I'll call you...
I spent 5 hours easy with help trying to get the tranny lined back up
It seems no matter what there is some part that always takes someone forever to do....
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haha not sure you wanna do that, I think I spent about 5hrs on the tranny (just to get the input shaft on the clutch) myself. But other than that, tranny stuff aint so bad!
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You are the man then because myself and 3 others all worked on mine (the one on the end of the shaft, not the big one holding the casing on) and yeh I think about 2-3 hours of my life is gone now because of it

Oddly enough, I got both large and both small snap rings off by myself in less than an hour, with only 2 screwdrivers and a very small pair of needlenose pliers (since I don't own snapring pliers)
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removing isnt the problem. at least not for me. Getting the smaller ring back on was the issue. My method above worked great though, it just took awhile to figure that out
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removing isnt the problem. at least not for me. Getting the smaller ring back on was the issue. My method above worked great though, it just took awhile to figure that out

Ah, I see.
Well, I won't be the one doing the re-install, so it's someone else's issue.
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Did you buy new snap rings? per the FSM? They dont exist.......actually they do but they will fit a baby's pinky finger.
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I reused the ones holding the casing on. They do exist however, but you need to buy the bearings at the end of the shaft, each is like $100. No thanks. As for the snap rings (small) holding the bearing on the shaft, those are like $2 a pop and yes I replaced (luckily I bought 2 because in my attempting to install i fucked one up)
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:23 AM   #13 (permalink)
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You got a part # on those small snap rings? I couldnt get them, tried 4-5 places too.
I'd like to have the part# on hand in case there is a next time. I did re-use them though.
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I use a pair of Snap On snap ring pliers. They have a springy thing in them and make those snap rings come off flawlessly. But they are like $180 for a set of four. Good thing I borrowed mine from a guy at work. lol.
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