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Originally Posted by jcdebow
I got a new set of pedals and can't wait to ride with them. Problem is, one of my old pedals is seized on. It's a stainless thread on an aluminum crank arm. The spindle is round with no flat area for a pedal wrench, just a 6mm allen bolt. I've tried everything I know - WD-40, heat, wailing on it - and took it to a local mechanic who bent three allen wrenches before throwing me out.
Bummer it doesn't have flats. Just to be sure, make sure you're turning the threads in the right direction. (I assume the local mechanic knew one side is left hand/reverse thread).
I had a similar experience recently, but had wrench flats and a good pedal wrench. A soaking of WD40 did not work for me. I tried a penetrant (by Liquid Wrench), let it soak in for a couple of hours, and the pedal finally released. Boy, did it was sure satisfying when the threads started to turn. WD40 is too "multipurpose" to be good at any one purpose. Other posters use PB Blaster to remove seized threads and love the stuff. To prevent future seizures, I loosen and tighten the pedal ever 3 months or so, and apply grease to the threads.
You might also want to try to use a socket bit with hex head, and use a good long breaker bar to remove the pedal. I doubt you can generate enough torque with a hex/allen wrench designed to fit in the hand. When removing a stuck fastener, it's usually a better idea to use leverage and long "steady" force, than to whack at a wrench with a hammer.
Becareful not to damage the wrench opening on the pedal.