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    Is a standard Schwinn freewheel serviceable?

    I'm servicing my rear hub and have the freewheel off. It was quite grimy and I got aggressive with the solvent and grease cutter/water. Is there anything inside the freewheel cassette to lube? Can it be taken apart? Special tools? The freewheel is now off the bike but this is the only pic I have. Thanks


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    Just drip some oil into it as you spin it . yes you can service them but most people don't, to many bearing inside like up to 80 of them . you need a pin tool or a hammer and a punch to remove the cover with the holes . it reverse treads so go clockwise to remove .
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeman715 View Post
    Just drip some oil into it as you spin it . yes you can service them but most people don't, to many bearing inside like up to 80 of them . you need a pin tool or a hammer and a punch to remove the cover with the holes . it reverse treads so go clockwise to remove .

    You mean pin spanner?

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    Sheldon has a pretty good write-up on freewheels, including lubrication and servicing, HERE.
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    Don't take it apart, they're a pain to reassemble. Give it a long soak in mineral spirits, naphtha, kerosene, or diesel fuel. After soaking spin it, then do a number of dunk and spin cycles. Drain it on a paper towel and let it dry overnight. Oil by working oil theough the gap between the inner and outer body until it drains out the other side, spin it a bit to spread the oil. Let the excess oil drain before installing so it doesn't get all over the spokes.
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    Thanks everyone; it's soaking in mineral spirits as we speak!

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    Use a thickish oil to lube it like Phil Oil


    you could always send it off for a few days of rest and relaxation

    http://www.freewheelspa.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post


    you could always send it off for a few days of rest and relaxation

    http://www.freewheelspa.com/
    At first I thought that was a joke! That's just crazy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skydog6653 View Post
    Thanks everyone; it's soaking in mineral spirits as we speak!
    Did you remove the ENTIRE FW from the hub first?
    It looked like it was still mounted and I "think" that FW takes an oddball removal tool.

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    You can spin it while immersed in the solvent using the freewheel remover on a 1/4" screw chucked into an eggbeater drill which is what I do.

    After shaking out the water when you're finished rinsing, you can simply immerse it in 10W30 non-detergent motor oil and spin it again. Then wipe it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
    Did you remove the ENTIRE FW from the hub first?
    It looked like it was still mounted and I "think" that FW takes an oddball removal tool.
    Well, you've got to have the right tool, of course, but the splined tool is actually one of the easier ones to use.

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    http://share.ovi.com/media/currentre...resident.10058 I sand mine down. Afterwards to remove all traces of sandpaper from the insides I run soap and water through them. You can use gasoline to remove old grease all the gasoline needs to be removed is causes rust. Then use a heavy oil, motor oil will work then force grease into the cracks on both sides. If you want to take them apart the lock ring is reverse thread. I have taken apart a freewheel on a tour filed down the pawls so they would work again and continued my tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    Don't take it apart, they're a pain to reassemble. Give it a long soak in mineral spirits, naphtha, kerosene, or diesel fuel. After soaking spin it, then do a number of dunk and spin cycles. Drain it on a paper towel and let it dry overnight. Oil by working oil through the gap between the inner and outer body until it drains out the other side, spin it a bit to spread the oil. Let the excess oil drain before installing so it doesn't get all over the spokes.
    Ditto. Back in my bike shop days we'd remove old Schwinn freewheels, scrape out the crusty gunk, soak 'em in kerosene, and snip them to get the kerosene worked out. After drying, we'd apply light oil as FB describes and reinstall. Giving the chain a similar treatment really improved the operation on those old Schwinns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
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    Oh, I know and I didn't mean the concept was crazy; rather that there was a place that handled exactly what I needed. I did remove the freewheel with the correct tool, obtained courtesy of FB. I just didn't take a pic of the removed freewheel. I'm going to take the sage advice and leave it intact! Thanks for the tip Raleigh71! It worked great!

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