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Old 12-09-2016, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default removing c-clip or e-clip from brake shoe

On my Saturn 95 sl1 replacing the brake shoes. Hard part is removing and replacing the clip that retains shoes to lever. Tried screwdriver but could not get it it out without damaging it . Its a stubborn clip there are no wholes for a snap ring pliers.

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Old 12-09-2016, 01:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: removing c-clip or e-clip from brake shoe

I usually take a large flat blade screwdriver, put it against the ends of the "C" (It needs to be against both parts of the "C") and ten tap it with a hammer. It will push the clip out and spread the "C" apart a little as it pushes out.

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Old 12-09-2016, 01:55 PM   #3
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Default Re: removing c-clip or e-clip from brake shoe

I understand that the C washer is considered a non-reusable part and are expendable since you're replacing anyways. waiter21's method works.

You're referring to the yellow highlighted clips in this photo?

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Old 12-10-2016, 12:24 AM   #4
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If it's time to replace the shoes, it's time to replace the hardware. When replacing hardware...it doesn't matter how it comes out as long as it doesn't ruin how the new stuff goes in and you don't destroy everything before memorizing how it goes back together

I usually put the shoe in my vice and screwdriver/hammer that stupid thing out but a pair of vice grips or other larger sized wideish pliers should work just as well (depending on grip strength).

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Old 12-10-2016, 12:20 PM   #5
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Take lots of photos before disassembly!

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