This image from Knipex shows you exactly what these pliers do—and why it’s critical to use the right tool. (Image/Summit Racing)

Whether it’s for a holiday or birthday, this Tools Under 30 Dollars Gift Guide Series shows you important, yet somewhat uncommon, tools that any gearhead would want.

Today, let’s talk about Snap Ring Pliers.

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Snap rings can go by many other names: locking rings, retaining rings, circlips, C-clips, and more.

But ask anyone who’s had to remove one without the right tool and the names get a lot more…ahem…colorful.

That’s because even though you may be able to remove one with a well-placed screwdriver, it’s risky. Being spring loaded, we’ve seen these clips fly off and land three counties over.

So using the right Snap Ring Pliers is a must. In fact, it makes removing/replacing snap rings a breeze.

Snap rings are found everywhere, from tiny electric motors to wheel hubs, so these pliers come in a range of sizes. Many pliers come with interchangeable “heads” with different sizes and angles.

A lot of folks don’t know about these tools, so they’re often a smart gift to give and receive. Better still, there’s a good chance you can find a set for under 30 bucks.

Author: Paul Sakalas

Paul is the editor of OnAllCylinders. When he's not writing, you'll probably find him fixing oil leaks in a Jeep CJ-5 or watching a 1972 Corvette overheat. An avid motorcyclist, he spends the rest of his time synchronizing carburetors and cleaning chain lube off his left pant leg.