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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 12, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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This is for a 95 Mitsubishi Mirage....

I know that this is a Camaro site, but the people here seem to know more about cars than any other place I know of on the web, so once again I turn to you all for your expertise and advise.

This mirage has a manual transmission. I just had a new motor installed and the guy that did it cut the cotter pin that holds the shift cable to the transmission shift arm right down where its flush with the hole. In order to reconnect the cable, a new cotter pin has to be installed, but problem is that I cant get the old one out because of the way it was cut, and I cant drill it out due to the limited space.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 12, 04:54 PM
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Try to use a small punch and see if you can punch out the piece of cotter pin?
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 12, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Try to use a small punch and see if you can punch out the piece of cotter pin?
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I've been digging around for one and can't find one small enough. I'm going to have to go out and buy one.

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Can you take a pair of dikes and roll out the pin from the other side of the bracket?
You can buy a length of 1/8 inch diameter rod stock from a home improvement store and use a bench grinder to finese the end to the diameter needed.
Do you have a replacement pin, or a fix once the pin is removed?

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 12, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
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It looks like the guy that snipped this cotter pin cut it down as close to the hole as he could. I can't get it it even with needlenose pliers. Ther isnt enough room down there to get a good enough angle with any other tools, and the the piece that the hole is in looks like its welded to the transmission arm.

I'm gonna try some more things later. Right now I have to go to work.

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This is for a 95 Mitsubishi Mirage....



This mirage has a manual transmission. I just had a new motor installed and the guy that did it cut the cotter pin that holds the shift cable to the transmission shift arm right down where its flush with the hole. In order to reconnect the cable, a new cotter pin has to be installed, but problem is that I cant get the old one out because of the way it was cut, and I cant drill it out due to the limited space.

Any suggestions would be very helpful!

Take the car back to the idiot who cut the pin and have HIM fix it!!!

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 12, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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That definitely sounds like a plan

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Maybe take a large paper clip, open it up and bend the end in an L shape. Then either by hand or holding the paper clip with needle nose pliers use it to push the cotter pin out...

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 12, 11:31 AM
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I've seen guys either taper down an eaves drop nail (12" type) or use a long screw to get to the centre of the loop on the pin, then a long thin bar to gently tap out the pin. Might work?

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 12, 03:39 PM
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take the car back to the idiot who cut the pin and have him fix it!!!

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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old May 1st, 12, 08:21 AM
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If he cut the ends off flush what is keeping the pin in? A slight bend near the hole? Grab a hose tool or pick and force it through the round eye of the pin, then leverage it out. I work with frozen cotter pins all the time, I'm assuming it's not rusted in?

Failing that if it's frozen in the hole somehow I've had success in tack welding a piece of Antenna stock to a hole punch to get one out in a weird place, just needed to get it moving to pull it out.

There's a reason I pick up old craftsman tools etc at swap meets, I love to cut and make a special tool to get me out of jams like this one
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old May 5th, 12, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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I finally managed to fix this..

After trying everything from nails to picks, I finally decided it best to simply get an angle drill and drill it out.

Its done now... and this nightmare is finally over


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