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How to Remove E-Clips

How to Remove E-Clips

How to Remove E-Clips

Whether you’re working on rebuilding your engine or restoring that classic, chances are you’ve been using E-clips.

By now, you’ve probably begun to notice how annoying these clips can get, how difficult they can be to remove, and how much they can clutter up your project. With the tips in this guide at your disposal, these concerns can all just slip away.

Don’t Damage Your Project

If you’re not sure how to remove E-clips, don’t just jab at them hoping that something can dislodge them. That’s a surefire way to thoroughly damage the project that you just finished working on for all those hours. Instead, do the following.

Apply a Little Elbow Grease

Most of the tips behind removing E-clips are homebrew, meaning there’s not just one way to do it.

Use the “Proper Tools”

The phrase “proper tools,” when it comes to E-clips, just means “whatever tool can fit and grip the clip.” The proper tools for removing an E-clip can be anything from a screwdriver to a pair of needle-nose pliers. It just comes down to how you can get a good grip or some leverage on the clip.

Wear Safety Glasses

When dislodging an E-clip, depending on how tightly secured it was, the clip might launch out at a high velocity. These metal clips could potentially flip into parts of the engine compartment or worse: into your eyes


When you boil it all down, it’s pretty simple to remove an E-clip. All you have to do is pry it off with a pair of pliers, a screwdriver, or even your hand if it’s loose enough. Just remember to always wear your safety glasses!