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Old 10-09-06, 11:04 PM   #1
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no load rear wheel clicking noise

While on the stand, I spin my back wheel, hearing a clicking about twice per revolution. Seems to be only when freewheeling. I was thinking maybee hub needs servicing. I dont know much about freewheels, but could this be the cause? And no, it's not the normal clicking heard while freewheeling, it's different and pretty significant. I did do a search, but nothing for while NOT pedaling. Any tips are much appreciated.
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Yeah, it sounds like your freewheel could use servicing. A pretty good way to do it is to spray some degreaser into the back of the freewheel from between the spokes and keep spraying it until you flush out some dirt. If you have the tools to remove the freewheel, that's even better. After it dries, you may want to drip in some oil-type chain lubricant.

Other than the annoying noise, a dirty freewheel is NOT a serious problem. This is because the freewheel bearings are ONLY turning when you are coasting (and there is very little load on them), unlike the other bearings in a bike which turn when a large load is applied to them (hubs, pedals, BB).
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I have the tools to take off my cassette, but what do I need for the freewheel?
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I have the tools to take off my cassette, but what do I need for the freewheel?
Well, if you have a cassette hub then the "freewheel" is actually part of the hub, it's called the "freehub body". You need a 10 mm (BIG!) allen wrench to remove the freehub. Read this for how to service it.
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Perfect link. Thanks a bunch. I'll let you know if this fixes the problem.
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