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Any suggestions for removing a stubborn freewheel?(13 posts)

Any suggestions for removing a stubborn freewheel?mdehner
Dec 24, 2003 9:58 AM
I am trying to rebuild an ancient wheel for use on my SS, but the freewheel positively does not want to come off. I am using the proper freewheel puller, the two-prong Suntour type, and I tried drenching everything in Tri-flow first. Still no luck. Any creative ideas? Thanks in advance.
re: Any suggestions for removing a stubborn freewheel?penguinitis
Dec 24, 2003 10:17 AM
Use the quick release skewer to hold the freewheeler puller in place. This will allow you to exert substantially more tork.
re: Any suggestions for removing a stubborn freewheel?MisJG
Dec 24, 2003 10:27 AM
Things that worked for me
1. Drench everything in Liquid Wrench
2. Leave the tire on the wheel
3. Use a large wrench on the freewheel tool (in my case, the Park SR-1)
4. After the Liquid Wrench has soaked overnight, set everything up with the wrench in place and strike the end of the wrench with a hammer WAY harder than you think you should
5. MAKE SURE YOU ARE TRYING TO TURN IT THE CORRECT WAY TO LOOSEN!!

If all else fails, take the wheel to a shop and let them deal with it. I didn't have to resign to that, but tip #4 was the key. I was not hitting the wrench nearly hard enough.

6. Search on this topic in the archives, you're sure to get some hits.
..and a few more suggestions:Alexx
Dec 24, 2003 3:59 PM
If the above doesn't work, maybe try to use some heat: a propane or MAPP gas torch (careful with the MAPP gas!), right down between the freewheel and the spokes. No enough to turn the metal red-hot, though!

Also, you really should use a GOOD 1" open-end wrench, and get a good rubber mallet. With the QR holding the tool down, one hand (non-dominant hand) holding the wrench in place, hold the wheel and tire down onto the groung with your chest, and hit the end of the wrench with the mallet. Several times, too!

If you have a bench vise, you can also put the tool in the vice, lay the wheel onto the tool, and twist with oth your hands.
re: Any suggestions for removing a stubborn freewheel?ukiahb
Dec 24, 2003 10:29 AM
use the QR to hold it tight as suggested, and try to turn the remover w/ a 12" crescent wrench....if that fails, try clamping the remover in a vice w/ the wheel facing up and then turn the wheel CCW with one hand on each side of the wheel (as if you were steering)...this has always worked on stubborn FW's in my experience
if nothing else works, vice suggestion here = silver bullet nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 24, 2003 10:46 AM
yep, vice nmgtx
Dec 24, 2003 10:49 AM
re: Any suggestions for removing a stubborn freewheel?mexican-JUMPING-frijoles
Dec 24, 2003 10:58 AM
By a new wheel?
Heat in extreme casesgoathead1
Dec 24, 2003 2:31 PM
In extreme cases (i.e. a very strong or large rider) I've used very brief heat with a torch. It has always worked when all of the above failed.
The ultimate freewheel removal toolKerry Irons
Dec 24, 2003 4:25 PM
Using a pin tool or punch, remove the lock ring that holds the FW together (looking from the derailleur side). It's right hand thread. The FW comes apart, spilling bearings and springs. Now you have the inner part of the FW exposed, and you can get some serious grip on it with a large pipe wrench. This will allow you to either remove the FW or destroy the hub. Usually, you're better off holding the FW removal tool in place with the quick release skewer, and then clamping the tool in a large bench vise, using the leverage of the whole wheel to remove it. Only if the FW remover strips out the FW body should you have to resort to the pipe wrench.
Clamp the freewheel tool into the vise...martym
Dec 25, 2003 7:45 AM
Clamp the freewheel tool into the vise. Then you have the size of the wheel to give you leverage. You should also push down on the wheel as you turn to keep the tool engaged.
Clamp the freewheel tool into the vise...curlybike
Dec 25, 2003 8:49 AM
If you take a Q/R, remove the springs, and use it to hold the puller in place with a little end play you will have enough play to crack the freewheel loose. This way you dont have to worry about a slipping puller. That may be the reason there is a through hole in the puller, eh?
Sledge Hammer!hrdcorebikerboy
Dec 25, 2003 5:42 PM