Thread locked nipples. How to losen them?
I just bought a wheel set used and it appears that whoever built up the set used some sort of aggressive thread lock on the nipples. I've snapped a couple of spokes trying to get the nipples to loosen/tighten. When I turn the nipples they don't screw on/off of the spokes as they should. Rather the spokes just twist until I snap them. My question is this. Does anyone know of a solvent which is effective in undoing a unknown variety of thread lock application? Thanks,
heat and some good penetrating oil works well on siezed nippples
I wouldn't even mess with trying to undo the nipples - sounds like a royal PITA. You might want to cut the spokes, throw them away, and build the wheel with new spokes.
I know some of the more aggressive thread locking compounds require heat, and if you do use heat, who knows what might get damaged in the process.
Fattest Thin Man
No need for a blowtorch. Just a little heat from a bic lighter or your crack pipe lighter will usually do the trick without damaging anything made of metal.
Originally Posted by MudPie
lighter on frozen spokes
Just FIY, I got around to doing the lighter trick and the nipples still would budge. I think I'm just going to bite the bullet and replace the spoke. Thanks for the advice anyways.