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To remove an E–clip, use either a remover tool, needle-nose pliers, or a small, flathead screwdriver. Grasp the E–clip with your tool and push it upwards using moderate pressure. You can easily remove E–clips with another household tool. E-clips are a type of tool used for projects including car engines and locking mechanisms. They resemble an “E” shape, and they have 1 side with an opening. E-clips are large retaining rings, and retaining rings hold parts onto a shaft when installed into a groove. To remove an E-clip, use either a remover tool, needle-nose pliers, or a small, flathead screwdriver. Grasp the E-clip with your tool and push it upwards using moderate pressure. You can easily remove E-clips with another household tool.
#1. Remove an E-clipUsing an E-Clip Remover
- Align your remover tool with the edge of the E-clip. Most E-clip removers have a smooth, curved edge. Line up the curved edge on your tool with the curve of the E-clip, and place your tool just below the E-clip.
- There are several different types of E-clip removers, and you can use them all in a similar way.
- Push upwards and apply steady, moderate pressure. Once your tool is aligned with the E-clip, simply press up on the tool to remove it from its position.
- Be careful not to use too much pressure, or the E-clip may go flying!
- Store your E-clip in a dry location until you use it next. Place your E-clip in a storage jar, bin, or container. You can easily use them again and again for other projects involving tools.
- You can store these in your shop or in a tool box, for instance.
#2. Removing an E-Clip with Pliers
- Move the middle of the E-clip toward the side so you can grasp it. To easily remove the E-clip, you want the curved side of the E-clip facing you. If necessary, use your fingers or a pair of needle-nose pliers to twist it around. The E-clip should slide easily with moderate pressure.
- Grab the center of the E-clip with needle-nose pliers. Pinch the middle of your E-clip with the tip of your needle-nose pliers. Hold the pliers securely so you can remove the clip.
- Needle-nose pliers work the best to easily remove the E-clips. However, you can use other types of pliers as well, like slip-joint pliers or locking pliers.
- Pull the E-clip toward you with moderate pressure. While grasping the E-clip, pull back on your pliers to take the clip out of its position.
- If you are having trouble gripping the E-clip, adjust your pliers so the tip is closer to the middle.
#3. Remove an E-clipUsing a Flathead Screwdriver
- Align the screwdriver with 1 of the small grooves in the middle. Place the tip of your screwdriver inside the groove on the clip. Each E-clip has 2 small grooves in the middle, 1 for the left side and 1 for the right side. You can use either groove to help remove the E-clip.
- For best results, use a screwdriver that is proportionate to the size of the E-clip.
- Place your finger directly next to the E-clip to catch it when it moves. Hold your index finger of your non-dominant hand up to the E-clip along the top edge.
- This way, you can prevent the E-clip from flying far away when you remove it.
- Push up on the screwdriver with moderate pressure. Hold your screwdriver with your dominant hand, and push the tool upwards consistently.
- The E-clip should easily come out. If it doesn’t, apply a bit more pressure.