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The dust cup has female threads and is threaded onto the end of the drive shaft. Care must be taken if the flexible drive shaft isn't pulled out of the tube and removed. Turn the dust cup until you can line up the hole in the side of the cup with the hole in the shaft. If you can, insert a thin, strong metal object like a Phillips screwdriver in the holes to lock up the shaft. Unscrew the dust cup with a large crescent wrench. Spray the assembly with penetrating oil beforehand to make it easier. Please post back if needed.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010

  • Roy Cagle
    Roy Cagle Nov 12, 2010

    The previously stated instructions may only allow you to just "break" the dust cap loose on the threaded shaft a small amount at a time as you will have the screwdriver in place, so the smaller the screwdriver, the more success you should have.

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    Roy Cagle Nov 14, 2010

    If there are no holes in the cup or the shaft to line up, wrap a rag around the exposed threads on the end of the shaft. Grip that covered area with Vise Grip pliars. Then, using a large crescent wrench opened up to about 1 1/2 ", turn that dust cup counterclockwise for removal. Using the penetrating oil still applies and should help alot.


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