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Old 09-04-11, 05:24 AM   #1
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Pedals are stuck on crank!

Bought some new pedals last night. When I went to take the old pedals off they were stuck! My bike is about three years old and the pedals have never been off. Tried spraying them with WD-40 over night but still no movement. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Old 09-04-11, 05:52 AM   #2
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place right pedal in 3 o clock position. insert wrench as close to parallel to the ground as possible. step on wrench. done. repeat with 9 o clock for the left pedal
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And, if that doesn't work, heat the crank arm area around the pedal stud.
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place right pedal in 3 o clock position. insert wrench as close to parallel to the ground as possible. step on wrench. done. repeat with 9 o clock for the left pedal
Yes thats it, another way to think about it is to just move the wrench to the rear of the bike to remove the pedals.
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Or, better still, take the bike to a local bike shop and have them remove the pedals. Bike shops have special extra-long, extra-thin pedal wrenches that'll do the job easily and efficiently.
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I think I'll just take it in to the LBS. Thanks for the help. I think the problem is that I only have the small pedal wrench and cannot get enough leverage.
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Leverage is your friend in this case. http://www.parktool.com/product/pedal-wrench-pw-3

You might want to soak a thread penetrant (liquid wrench, PB Blaster) and try again.

When installing the new pedals, place grease on the threads, and no need to use gorilla-torque to tighten the pedals.
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Old 09-04-11, 10:40 AM   #8
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for future reference wd40 is useless as a penetrating oil good old triflow would have worked better or kroil if you can get your hands on it. and as mudpie said grease the threads on the new pedals. never be afraid of grease!
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Just make sure to put anti-seize on the threads when you install the new pedals. bk
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+1 on the anti-seize; I use Tef-Gel to avoid corrosion of dissimilar metals (steel pedal and aluminum crank arm.) I also fit stainless pedal washers and put
Tef-Gel on them as well to make removal easier and avoid galling the pedals.

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Old 09-04-11, 07:12 PM   #11
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Went down to the LBS where I got the pedals. They had the old ones off and the new ones on in 10min. No charge. Much easier!
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