What is the purpose of a snap ring?
Snap rings are fasteners used for axial fixation of components on shafts or bores. They are installed in grooves and provide a shoulder to prevent any lateral movement of components, like bearings.
Can snap rings be reused?
Also known as snap rings, these fasteners are removable and reusable. They often do the job of several parts by replacing cotter pins, nuts and washers.
What is the difference between a circlip and a snap ring?
A circlip, also known as a C-clip or snap ring, is a type of retaining ring with open ends that snap into place. Circlips are fasteners that fit into the radial grooves of shafts and holes that are sprung to ensure they remain securely in place.
What can be used instead of a snap ring?
C-clip plyer works. Even those normal pin-tip c-ring plyers work with a bit of support. For putting them back on, the center hole is threaded so you can use a bolt to pull the shaft out – if that’s the problem.
How do you compress a snap ring?
Insert the tips of the internal snap ring pliers into the circlip grip holes or grooves. Press the handles of the pliers to pull together the ends of the circlip. This compresses the ring so that it can fit the bore or housing. Carefully slide the compressed snap ring into the internal wire lock groove and release it.
How do you remove an internal circlip?
How to Remove Internal Circlips
- Select a pair of internal circlip pliers and use the plier tips to grip the holes on the ends of the clip to be removed.
- Squeeze the plier handles to gently release the circlip from the groove then simply remove it from the shaft.
How do you remove a internal retaining ring?
To remove this ring, simply pry out the end using a small screwdriver or staple remover, and then spiral the ring out by hand. For larger size rings, Smalley also makes a removal tool, part number RT-108, that can be used to remove the rings. The end of the tool contains a slot to insert the tip of the removal notch.