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.
Last edited by Katzenjammer; 11-02-06 at 02:27 PM.