Bicycle Mechanics - Procedure to remove a circlip/snap ring
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01-14-08, 01:55 PM
I tried to create an instructional diagram to help future generations deal with the nuisance of 'snap rings'. I'm pretty new to them myself, and not sure of the proper procedure; all I know is that my current diagram is wrong, or at least wont work for the snap ring that I own. I thought that the circlip could be removed by levering with a screwdriver. Could someone take a look at the diagram and suggest what changes need to be made? Thanks.
01-14-08, 02:40 PM
Most snap rings require the use of snap ring pliers to remove/install.
There are normally two small holes at either end of the clip, which is where you grip the snap ring with the pliers.
01-14-08, 02:41 PM
And yes, snap rings are no fun. You definitely got that part correct.
01-14-08, 02:43 PM
How curious. My snap ring actually has no holes - it's actually no thicker than the metal used to make a keyring so doesn't have room for any. Perhaps two diagrams will be necessary...
01-14-08, 03:03 PM
Very interesting. I've only seen snap rings with holes, both on bikes and my car.
01-14-08, 03:24 PM
The OP may be referring to one that holds the cog in place on a coaster brake hub or internal gear hub. I've always just jammed smallish straight blade screwdriver through one of the slots, and prying it out away from myself. I use the same screwdriver to put it back on as well. This post is useless without pictures.
01-14-08, 04:54 PM
That style circlip: Pry with a very thin but strong bladed screwdriver (or knife).
Internal and external snap-rings (ears): use the snap-ring special tool
your diagram - insert an awl or screwdriver in the top v-notch and lever it on up just like you're showing
J T CUNNINGHAM
01-14-08, 05:45 PM
A poor mechanic always blames his tools or
01-14-08, 07:37 PM
They make pliers just for those,but you should be able to do it with a pick and a small screwdriver.
01-15-08, 11:19 AM
Have I found a picture of pliers designed for snap-rings without holes?
Just go out and buy the right tools. One version, available just about everywhere, can be configured to do both internal and external snap rings [the kind with holes].
Another commonly available tool is designed for those that have no holes.
Neither tool costs much more than a fattening lunch at McDonalds.
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