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Old 11-02-06, 02:48 PM   #1
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Need help with reassembling & installing a wheel

I'm trying to reassemble a front wheel that I didn't take apart, and I'm having some problems. I've never done this before, and have no documentation of any kind to guide me.

Without realising what I was doing til it was too late, I removed the retainer nut that keeps the bearing balls in. After cleaning off the three balls that fell out, I put them back in. I thought about adding grease at that point, but the only grease I have is Lubriplate, which I think might be lithium grease (the tube doesn't say, but the grease is off-white).

When I tighten down the bearing retainers, the wheel stops turning on the axle. I wouldn't have thought it would do that. So I don't know how tight to make the retainers. Do it do it til just before the wheel stops turning on the axle or what? When I tighten them down anything more than loose, it feels a little scritchy when I turn the wheel on the axle.

Outboard of the retainer nut on each side, in some order, is a thin keyed washer, a thicker plain washer, and a nut.

(on edit) I thought at first that the nut went on last, but looking at other bike repair/maint sites, it looks like the nut might be the locknut for the bearing cone. In which case the washers presumably go outboard of that, but I still don't know in which order or where to sandwich in the dropouts.

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Old 11-02-06, 04:07 PM   #2
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http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=105

The outside nut is a locknut, but the washers between the locknut an the bearing cone wont prevent it doing its job.
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Old 11-02-06, 04:50 PM   #3
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Thanks for finding that parktool article...I tried every search I could think of without success. That one has everything I needed to know, and I'm now all set.

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