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Hub Race Problem(3 posts)

Hub Race Problemmgolebiewski
Sep 21, 2003 7:03 AM
I went to repack my rear wheel, I started hearing something at about 2700 miles. Which in my opinion and that of the group below is a little low. It has been an unusually dry summer and I think this bike has been subjected to 4 rain rides tops, and only one of those was more than drizzle.

The race on the drive side had some black corrosion on it. To the touch it does not feel rough or pitted to the touch. I was able to get alot of it to disolve and come out w/ degreaser and hard scrubbing .

Any advice for the life of this wheel from here out?

Is there any way to replace the races in a hub?

I am a little upset as I normally do things more then needed and was very supprised to see anything other than a nice polished looking race after I wiped off the old grease.
Could be hardened grease, but...............MR_GRUMPY
Sep 21, 2003 8:31 AM
If your races are pitted, you may have to replace the hub. Run your fingernail over the black area, to feel for roughness. As a last resort, you could remove all the grease, replace with polishing compound, and go for a two or three mile ride. Clean, and replace the ball bearings, (and maybe the cones) re-grease, and off you go.
It depends on the hubAtombomber
Sep 21, 2003 10:33 AM
If the non-drive side race/cup is fine, the freehub can be exchanged if that race/cup gets pitted. When the non-drive side wearsout, it is time to replace the hub. What caused the discolouring in beyond me. Maybe the grease reacted with the metal? Try some laquer thinner or acetone to see if the residue comes off. Use a cotton swab (Q-tip) and apply by dabbing. You don't want to have any run into the internals of the freehub.