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    Older freewheel - loose internal bearings?

    I just received an older inexpensive (Maeda Industries) 5-speed freewheel I purchased on eBay. Overall it appears to be in good condition: teeth not significantly worn, spins smoothly & freely - but there's the distinct sound of a few loose bearings rolling around inside when I tip it back & forth.

    Without taking the thing apart, is there a way to tell if this is a problem? My guess is that I ought to return this to the seller - or, is this not an uncommon occurrence & therefore a low-risk situation?

    Thanks!

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    I'd take it apart, but I am one of the sadists that takes them apart. FWIW, the Maeda freewheels are extremely easy to service as you don't have to compress the pawls to reassemble.

    It could also be piece of debris or a broken pawl you hear. What is the return policy?

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    Thanks. The C & V Forum folks think it's likely just dry internally - so I'll lube it well & see what happens.

    Back in the day I'd take 'em apart just to see what's there - but that's back when I had good eyesight & bad common sense....

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    I agree -- lube it and leave it. There is no reason to disassemble, unless you like chasing 100 tiny ball bearings across the room. Freewheels were assembled at the factory with oil rather than grease, and a little more oil will fix the problem if there is one and won't hurt if there isn't.

    Please note that you got two contradictory opinions from Knoxville. That must be significant somehow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sluggo View Post
    Please note that you got two contradictory opinions from Knoxville. That must be significant somehow.
    You two must be married to sisters.

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    Toss it, or lube it, or return it, just don't open it up! You said it works fine, so maybe just lube it?

    My guess is dry inside, though the broken inside theory is also plausible, but somehow less likely.

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