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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 07, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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how to take out c clips on a ten bolt chevy

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does anyone know how to take out the c clip on a chevy 10 bolt rear end axle shafts? I have taken off all the drum brakes, and drained the fluid. Also I loosened the bolt that holds the pinion shaft. But the pinion shaft does not come out far enough to take out the shafts. Is there any way else or am I doing something wrong? If anyone has any ideas please let me know.

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he cross shaft can be a pain sometimes. just use a soft chisel and a small hammer to gently push it inwards until you can push the axles in and pull the c clips out with a small magnet.
don't turn the gears at all while the cross shaft is pushed out, tho. sometimes the spider gears like to fall out or get out of alignment, but they usually go right back together. it's just easier if they don't fall out.

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Re: how to take out c clips on a ten bolt chevy

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the cross shaft does not come down or go up far enough to push in the axles. Also do I need to take off the backing plate on the rear end to help take off the axles. The main reason I am taking off the axle is because I found rear end fluid leaking near the back left tire. do I need to pull the axle or am I missing something?

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Hopefully, when unscrewed the pinion lockscrew, it was long, say maybe 3 inches. If not, then you must remove the rest of the pin to get diff pinion shaft out.

Once the pinion shaft is out, just push in on the axle and the C-clip will fallout. Remove the axle, leave the backing plate alone, and replace the seal. Assemble in reverse, make sure the shim is behind the pinion gear whne installing the diff pinion shaft.

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The cross shaft will come out. It takes some force sometimes to get it out, but it must come out to get the axles out. Keep trying and you'll get it.

Are you sure that it is gear oil and not brake fluid?

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I usually push it in about an inch, then rotate the rear so the part that was in is now sticking out. Then just grab it and pull!

The crossshaft really shouldn't be tight.You should be able tog rab it with your greasy fingers and yank it right out of there.

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Now I am confused. The croosshaft has a bolt about 3 inches long, I loosened it and it wont come all the way out of the housing. The crosshaft also does not come down enough to push in the axles. When viewing the gears the shaft goes north and south. Does the Iinternal gears turn so I can get out the crossshaft? I saw the repair manual showing the crossshaft going from front to back on picture. And also about the fluid being perhaps brake fluid. I checked thats what I tought but it was thick and had that funky gear oil smell. Yuck.

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Remove the pinion shaft lock bolt completely, it will come out. You will have to rotate the carrier a bit to get in a position that will allow removal.
Now you can position the carrier to a point you can slide the pinion shaft out and get at the c clips without rotating the carrier and disturbing the spiders. If you where looking at the pinion shaft from the wheel, this will be about 1:30-7:30 (o'clock) position, not the 12:00-6:00 or north -south position you describe.
It really shouldn't be difficult, but if the spiders move, you can get them back in with a little fanagling.
When reinstalling the pinion shaft, I like to draw a line on the end of it with a Sharpie to show the position of the hole for the lock bolt
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Once you have pin shaft out, you push axle in and release clips, you can put the shaft back in place , just to keep any spider gear and or washers from falling out.

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Ok I think I understand now. Sow now I have to loosen up the carrier blts. This is the ones that look like main caps on a engine block correct? And just loosen this carrier enough so I can slide out the cross shaft. Ok now to go out side and check all this out.

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No - you shouldn't have to loosen those bolts (the one that look like main caps). Once the 3" retainer bolt pin is unscrewed and removed (the one that is either 7 or 8mm bolt head) the pinion shaft should come out w/o much effort. Try pushing it forward and then pushing it backward (toward the diff. cover) And keep in mind you don't have to remove it all the way - just enough to allow you to push the axle farter in which will allow C clip fall out or be removed easily with magnet or fingers. I've pulled it out about 2 inches which is enough to allow the axles clearance to be pushed in (don't have to go in very far either). Good Luck
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Once the 3" retainer bolt pin is unscrewed and removed (the one that is either 7 or 8mm bolt head) Good Luck
It's American, er, SAE. It will be either a 3/8 hex head or 3/16 inch Allen wrench for a socket head....LOL, I think, as least the ones I've worked on have been.

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Ok I think I understand now. Sow now I have to loosen up the carrier blts. This is the ones that look like main caps on a engine block correct? And just loosen this carrier enough so I can slide out the cross shaft. Ok now to go out side and check all this out.

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You must rotate the carrier so the pinion shaft will come out without hitting the case. Read the instructions and position the carrier like the picture.
This should be super simple. Does this help?
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It's American, er, SAE. It will be either a 3/8 hex head or 3/16 inch Allen wrench for a socket head....LOL, I think, as least the ones I've worked on have been.
Uhm - may not - suggest you check again. The retainer pin is actually metric. Anyway.....
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