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Old 03-16-09, 07:26 PM
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Stuck pedal removal

I'm trying to install some new speedplays, but I'm having trouble removing my non-drive side pedal. The drive side came off rather easily.

The first problem is the final position of the pedal. The position puts my wrench 90 degrees from the position of the crankarm which makes grabbing the crankarm and pedal wrench difficult.

Sheldon says to heat the crank to expand it away from the pedal. The only means of heating I currently have is an electric oven. Probablly not a good idea.

My only other idea is soaking in solvent.

I have the ability to remove the crank from the bike, but I don't have a vice. I don't mind destroying the pedal, but I need the crankarm and my tools.

This is a specialized from the 80's. Is there any chance that I'm looking at right hand threads?
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Old 03-16-09, 07:39 PM
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Hold the wrench in place and smack the wrench end with a mallet while having someone else hold the drive side crank arm. That should break the pedal loose without having to hold the crank arm in place under steady torque. And, the nds pedal WILL BE left-hand threaded. You are turning it the proper way aren't you?
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Old 03-16-09, 07:44 PM
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Didn't think of holding the drive side arm instead. I see that this will double my leverage. I'm a little worried about damaging my tool. I bought the parktool pedal wrench - chainwhip combo. It's not much thicker than a cone wrench. And yes, I'm turning the correct way.
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