Some things about the old Volksies are very well documented on the web. Arguably, some are over documented. If you want to know what kind of oil to run, for example, you can go through literally hundreds of opinions. Tires are equally well-opinion'd. Getting something as simple as the size of the tip needed to remove the circlip on the input shaft, however, can sometimes prove impossible. Hours of searching netted no useful information. The size is 0.07 (US), by the way. This is the largest size available in the standard multi-tip Snap Ring Pliers sets, and individual pliers with fixed-size tips can be found.
|boink! tip fail.|
|mod no worky|
After setting the NAPA pliers aside, I hit Home Depot looking for a pair of Husky one-size-only 0.07 Snap Ring Pliers. While their web site showed that they were in stock at the store (for $13), neither I nor the clerk could find them. I'd love to review them, but instead I offer just a head-shaking at Home Depot. Either offer the product or don't; don't post it on your web site if you don't have it. Boo.
|Channel Lock works!|
In the end, I didn't need to remove and re-install my input shaft. After I installed the oil slinger and input shaft seal (see: Transaxle Re-Assembled), I re-tested the wiggle in the input shaft. It barely moved. I concluded that the input shaft was appropriately loose, and some additional digging into theSamba verified that conclusion. I'm keeping the Channel Lock's with the car tools, and returning the NAPA's.
That's it for today. I'm working on a post summarizing the engine-trans re-mating as well as the adventure of raising the engine-tranny unit back into the bus.