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U-joint help

Im replacing both U joints in my axle... i got the front out out, everything went smoothly. The rear one is a different matter. The retainer clips snapped off on all 4, so i have half the retainer clip holding everything in and no way of getting it out. Anyone have any ideas on what to do? short of taking it somewhere.

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Since only half of the clip is in there you might be able to get it out with a pick or maybe a small screwdriver??
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Small chisel or pin punch. that or torch it (u joint, not clip) out if you have an oxyacetylene torch availabe.
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I tried a small chisel and a small screw driver to get under them and get them out. I don't have a torch, I'm thinking tomorrow I might have to take it to my local mechanic and have him cut the u joint out. I can't even get a pair or needle nose on them to get them put

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I tried a small chisel and a small screw driver to get under them and get them out. I don't have a torch, I'm thinking tomorrow I might have to take it to my local mechanic and have him cut the u joint out. I can't even get a pair or needle nose on them to get them put

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Should take about 2 min with a torch, even a sawzall could do. I had one break once, luckily over half was left which was plenty to hammer out.
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I ended up getting them out and the new ones in... thanks to a dremel and some grinding wheels and pads lol They were so rusted in there, no amount of tugging or hitting with a hammer and chisel could get the retainer clips out... so the broken parts that wouldnt come out, i ground down, and cut a new grove in with the dremel. Took me a while, but i got it done. A lot easier than taking it somewhere and having them cut it off.

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