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not so quick power link(4 posts)

not so quick power linkciclista
May 30, 2002 7:15 PM
So I'm trying to get this supposedly quick power link off...I've tried the usual pushing the ends together etc like works for previous chains. Will it damage anything if I resort to a chain removal tool?
re: not so quick power linkWoof the dog
May 30, 2002 8:14 PM
your chain is probably full of sand. Try to push the plates together, but not all the way in. The pins have little grooves in them (obviously, to keep from slippin') and there is a fair amount of play for the plate of the opposite link part in each groove. At least thats my impression that if you have to press somewhat gently and then take it apart. Spray/clean the gunk out, dry the chain to have a good grip in that place and good luck. Do not use chain tool on the powerlink. I am pretty sure that will be the end of your powerlink. If you can't take it off, saw it off and get a new one.

sincerely

Woof the powerlink/prolink dog.
re: not so quick power linkfeathers mcgraw
May 31, 2002 4:46 AM
As woof said, you need to press the plates together first. Another thing that helps is to bend the chain into a z shape, where the powerlink is the diagonal part of the z. That way the chain tension helps you push the ends together. When you get it off work it on and off a few times to break it in a bit, and next time it'll be much easier.
Ditto dittogrzy
May 31, 2002 3:50 PM
I use some mild solvent to get the grime out then a pair of neddle nosed pliers to carefully squeeze the side plates together then push the pins toward each other. It sounds more complicated than it is if you understand the details of the mechanism - if not it seems like a "super secret handshake" thing. If you get the grime out of the way things will be much easier. If you use a chain tool on the Powerlink then it's toast.