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Need help lubricating pedals(4 posts)

Need help lubricating pedalstz
May 2, 2002 7:56 AM
MTB pedals on my road bike started making creaky noise, that is usually associated with poorly lubricated parts. I have attempted to pour some oil into that clearance between the spindle(the part with thread that screws into the crank arm) and the pedal itself [the part that contacts the foot], but the noise didn't go away. Where are such pedals supposed to be lubricated?
Lamentably, I can only fix mechanical problems that someone had shown me how to fix, and would greatly appreciate any advice.
Below is the link to the type of pedals that I have.
That won't do it...Gregory Taylor
May 2, 2002 8:26 AM
If it's the bearings inside the pedal that you want to lube, use a knife pry off the plastic cap on the outside of the pedal (it's the doohickey with the "N" on it) to get at the retaining nut that holds the pedal shaft and bearings together. Unscrew it and pull the shaft out of the pedal. Clean, lube, reassemble. Use waterproof grease, not oil, to lube.

Sometimes, however, that noise is caused by the shoe cleat grinding on the top of the pedal. I use a little silicone spray (Armor-All works great) on the platform (were your foot goes).
That's the RIGHT way, but sometimes...retro
May 2, 2002 12:18 PM
Sometimes if you pry off the aforementioned cap, you can trickle in a heavy but flowable lube like Phil's Tenacious Oil (I used to use STP, a lot cheaper, but I don't think they make it anymore) and it will run around the bearings. Rebuilding with new grease (and new bearings) is better, but this saves time and frees you from the thought process. Leaving the pedals in the sun or heating them with a hair dryer speeds the flowage.
I like the sun/hair dryer tip. Clever. (nm)Gregory Taylor
May 2, 2002 1:35 PM