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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:13 pm 
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I don't mean to be rude but you are sure that you're turning the wheel the right way? Anticlockwise. You might have to really heave on it


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Spraying plus gas on the back of the freewheel so seeps on the threads and leaving for a while before trying the vice again has helped before. If that fails, spray again and leave longer.

Also when using an extension and more levergae you run the risk of the tool slipping out and or rounding of the splines. If you have a Q/R axles then clamp the tool in place first using the Q/R and a few washers and then use the longer lever. To save using a long bar take it down a garage and put a 1" socket on your freewheel tool (if it a park or similar) and then get an air gun on it. That will provide all the torque you need.

I had to admit defeat with a BB this week as even with a long breaker bar and all my strength it would not shift (in excess of 500NM of torque was applied). I had been applying copious ammounts of plus gas as well. The air gun did it in seconds. Sometimes some things are really really stuck. The threads somehow where fine after removal and the tap span in cutting no metal, why it was so stuck I can't figure.

Try the plus gas first though as extra leverage and airguns are weapons of last resort. As if it really stuck applying all the leverage in the world could just mean you round the splines off and then you are really stuck.


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We were definitely turning it the right way. I'm going to try some more penetrating oil, and then a longer bar to get a bit more leverage. I need to find another tool though - the one I have doesn't leave much to get hold of once it's inserted. At least the freewheel is a sachs so has long splines...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:31 am 
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Have you tried putting the tool in a vice and turning the wheel to get more force into it.


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first post answers that one.


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Impact is usually what frees these off. Try a nice heavy mallet or a club hammer and a few whacks ought to free it off. Also ensure your bar is long enough.


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Maybe add an extra person using the vice method, so you have 3 people turning the wheel. And as mentioned definitely use penetrating fluid.

Re using a pipe/bar to extend the spanner or tool that holds the freewheel remover, there's no point if it's just someone holding the wheel. You need to make the wheel immovable by eg placing it on the floor so that it pushes against a wall as you're turning the tool.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:26 pm 
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I'm a plumber by trade and often have to get me blow torch to warm up stubborn fittings to release them but be carefull not to fry it beyond use.


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