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Old 02-13-2006, 12:54 AM   #1
quadesl57
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Default HELP!! mahle piston circlips, what tool to hold the bloody things?

G'day guys.

Emailing from Australia and wondering if someone can help.

I ordered a set of Mahle pistons from one of the Vendors here late last year and my mechanic has finally gotten around to assembly stage but doesnt want a bar of the Mahle piston circlips that came in the box...

They are basically just a round piece of wire with no prongs to hold onto....

I dissasembled the block they are going into and considering what a pita it was removing proper subi circlips I cant even imagine what a nightmare it would be trying to fit, let alone remove the cheap looking mahle variety.

I'm sure there's plenty of you guys in the states that have come across the same problem and I'm praying someone can help me out with a workaround or of the shelf replacement that will do the job better.

Any help much appreciated

Regards Sean
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Old 02-13-2006, 04:15 AM   #2
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While I haven't actually seen the Mahle circlips, from your description they sound like the type typically fitted to motorcycle pistons. You install them with needle nose pliers. Grasp one end of the circlip with the pliers and insert the other end into the circlip groove. Then carefully work your way around until the clip snaps into the groove. By the way you want the ends of the circlip to end up at approximately the 5 and 7 oclock position with the top of the piston being 12 oclock. The first one will be a real pain, but once you get the technique the rest will be easier. They are removed by using a sharp object ie a scribe or small std blade screwdriver to get in under one end and work them out. They should work fine, I don't know of any replacement styles that would have the tangs or prongs you mention.
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