Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Worland, WY
Bronco Info: 1981 Bronco 351
How to Remove Valve Spring Retainer Clips
I picked up a tool to compress the valve springs, but can not get the retainer clips out. Is there some trick? Tried a magnet like Haynes says, with no luck. When I try to push down on the ring that the retainer clips fit into, the valve just moves down. I'm using the small nylon rope method of keeping the valve from falling into the cylinder and it gives enough so that I can't push the valve against it to get the clips out.
I'm not using the lever type of valve spring compressor, but an overhead valve spring compressor that compresses the spring from each end rather than pressing the spring against the head.
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1981 Ford Bronco 351M