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Re: CV Boot done! Tips I learned...

MSV96@aol.com wrote:

> 4. Removing the outer joint. This is a major PITA! It requires a bench vice
> and the circlip needs to be spread open while an assistant beats on the joint
> with a hammer and drift. Not fun. We opted for two pair of needle nose pliers
> to hold the circlip open. None of my circlip pliers would hold it wothout
> slipping. The ideal tool would be one that positvely locks the little sucker
> open...dunno if the VAG tool does that but if so would be a huge help.

 Not exactly sure if I'm getting the right picture, but.....

I've got a pair of pliers (Sears Craftsman) that work the reverse of normal, when
you squeeze the handles together, the jaws open up (spread apart, instead of
closing). Used them many-a-times to get a cir-clip type thingy off the drive
splines on my Toyota 4X4's front hub (had that thing apart so many times I could
do it in my sleep - grease maintenance). I was unaware of them until my
brother-in-law pulled out a pair one time, you can bet I made a bee-line for the
nearest Sears store and picked up my own pair. The outer surface of the jaws have
small teeth to help hold the cir-clip, so that it doesn't go flying. They work
good for removal and installation. I don't know the Sears tool number, but if you
go in asking about 4WD tools, they should be able to find it.

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