Old-Style (male-threaded spindle) Crank Replacement
This type of crank attachment is still found on some children's bikes and
cheaper (lower-quality) mountain bikes. A threaded bolt sticks out of the bottom
bracket. The crank fits onto a square tapered spindle, and a nut threads onto
the bolt, pushing the crank firmly onto the spindle. Other crank types: standard
female-threaded tapered spindle, splined spindle, tapered
|If there's a plastic protector cap, pry it off.
||Now remove the retaining nut. This is done with a socket
wrench. (Your crank extractor may have come with sockets for this type of
|Remove the nut from the spindle. If the crank attachment is
damaged, the crank may just fall off the spindle. In most cases, you'll need a
crank extractor tool.
DON'T remove the crank by pounding it or prying with a lever. You'll
destroy the bearings in the bottom bracket!
||See the treads around the inside of the crank? Thread the
big end of the crank extractor into them, as far as it will go.
| Now turn the core of the crank extractor in.
Inspect the spindle for damage, and check for side-to-side
(left-to-right) motion of the spindle in the bottom bracket. Listen for grinding or rubbing as you turn the spindle. If the bottom
bracket is bad, now's a good time to replace it.
||When the core stops turning easily, it has hit the spindle.
Now it's time to apply a wrench to the core. (Most crank extractors come
with a handle specifically for that purpose.)
Continue turning until the crank has come loose from the spindle.
To remove the chain-side crank, put the chain around the
frame at the bottom bracket. Now use your hex wrench and crank extractor exactly as you did on the
other side. The crank will come off with chainrings attached.
|To remove the chainrings from the crank, unscrew the
locking. If you don't have a lockring tool, you can take off the small
chainring and remove the ring with a large pipe wrench.
If you pulled the crank to replace chainrings,
go to work on that now.
|If you're placing a new crank, put it in the same position on the spindle as the old
one. Apply Loctite to
the threads of the retaining bolt. Tighten the nut, and (if you have one)
replace the protector cap.
You're now ready to thread the pedal into the
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