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Removing the C-clips on an 8.8 rear end

I have seen many of the instructions guides on how to change gears/rebuild a differential and all that, but the one thing that is getting to me is how to remove the C-clips. Is this not the stupidest topic for a thread or what? How the hell do you get those little fuggers out? I pushed in on the axels, but there still doesn't seem to be enough room for them to come out. Any advice?

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It is kind of a PITA with the S-spring. Try something small like a small long flat head, that's what I use. Stick it up there gently and spin the c-clip until you see the open part of the "C". When you see that, just push it off

And I assume you removed the diff. center pin, right?

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I removed the center pin. The circular part that the c-clip lies inside of is blocking the clip from coming out though... how do you just push it out?

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After you remove the center pin you should be able to push the axles in far enough to free the c-clip from the spider gear....

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The above statement is correct!
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Anybody know of some good online instructions so that I can supplement what I'm doing?

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I have seen many of the instructions guides on how to change gears/rebuild a differential and all that, but the one thing that is getting to me is how to remove the C-clips. Is this not the stupidest topic for a thread or what? How the hell do you get those little fuggers out? I pushed in on the axels, but there still doesn't seem to be enough room for them to come out. Any advice?
Did you remove the ABS sensors so that you can push the axles all the way in???

You have to remove those ABS sensors.

Once they are removed that should give you more room to push the axles in farther giving you a better shot at those C-clips. Mine were easy as pie to take out.... once I figured out that I needed to remove the ABS sensors.

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Did you remove the ABS sensors so that you can push the axles all the way in???

You have to remove those ABS sensors.

Once they are removed that should give you more room to push the axles in farther giving you a better shot at those C-clips. Mine were easy as pie to take out.... once I figured out that I needed to remove the ABS sensors.

Ah! I will try that this weekend when I don't need to be driving around. Thank you much sir. BTW, do you know about how much ET you dropped with the 3.73 gears?

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Did you remove the ABS sensors so that you can push the axles all the way in???

You have to remove those ABS sensors.

Once they are removed that should give you more room to push the axles in farther giving you a better shot at those C-clips. Mine were easy as pie to take out.... once I figured out that I needed to remove the ABS sensors.
Duh. I bet that's it. Be careful with those ABS pickups! They are delicate and expensive. Use a hard rubber/plastic drift to tap them out. Tap the drift, not directly on the pickup. I greased mine up when reinstalled so they slide right out now.

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Duh. I bet that's it. Be careful with those ABS pickups! They are delicate and expensive. Use a hard rubber/plastic drift to tap them out. Tap the drift, not directly on the pickup. I greased mine up when reinstalled so they slide right out now.
Let's say theoretically that the ABS pickup (pickup = sensor?) was damaged: would that be catastrophic? I mean, the breaks would work, just not as anti-lock right? I've driven a car without ABS before and it's not really a big deal, just don't ride people's ass. And seeing as how I live in SO CAL, snow is not an issue... so... ?

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Let's say theoretically that the ABS pickup (pickup = sensor?) was damaged: would that be catastrophic? I mean, the breaks would work, just not as anti-lock right? I've driven a car without ABS before and it's not really a big deal, just don't ride people's ass. And seeing as how I live in SO CAL, snow is not an issue... so... ?
I actually ruined one of my ABS sensors. The car still runs and stops just fine. My ABS light is on though. Fortunately I drive pretty safe so I won't have to slam on the brakes.
I think they were only $15 at AutoZone though...

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Ah! I will try that this weekend when I don't need to be driving around. Thank you much sir. BTW, do you know about how much ET you dropped with the 3.73 gears?
I won't find out for another couple weeks. The track is already open, but my car is leaking coolant from somewhere. I need to fix that before I go haulin a$$ down the track. I'm hoping to get into the low 14's. Realistically I'm expecting about a 14.3 with my drag radials.

I will post my new times as soon as I get them though. And trust me, I can't wait!

It's funny because my friend has a Cobalt SS/SC and his car WAS faster than mine. Now that I changed the gears he keeps coming up with excuses not to race.

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Let's say theoretically that the ABS pickup (pickup = sensor?) was damaged: would that be catastrophic?
Nothing dangerous, just your ABS won't work and you will have to look at the ABS light. I really hope feen is right about them being $15 at autozone, they are about $50 from the dealer I think.
I am sorry that I didn't mention this earlier!

By they way, I destroyed both of mine the first time I had my rear end apart.

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Nothing dangerous, just your ABS won't work and you will have to look at the ABS light. I really hope feen is right about them being $15 at autozone, they are about $50 from the dealer I think.
I am sorry that I didn't mention this earlier!

By they way, I destroyed both of mine the first time I had my rear end apart.
Holy hell. I guess I was looking at something else last time I checked...

I just looked at AutoZone.com and it's almost $100!!!

My bad. Looks like I'll be getting mine from a dealer or possibly a salvage yard.

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Holy hell. I guess I was looking at something else last time I checked...

I just looked at AutoZone.com and it's almost $100!!!

My bad. Looks like I'll be getting mine from a dealer or possibly a salvage yard.
I got mine off ebay for a much less price. Good luck!

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