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Rear Skewer lost it's clamping power...can't remove it now

Old 03-05-05, 04:59 PM
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I've been tightening my rear skewer pretty hard on order to keep the rear wheel aligned when I pedal hard up hills (standing). Skewer seems to have gotten weaker lately.

Unfortunately it seems to have lost it's clamping power. When I try pushing on the lever to close the skewer now it seems to have lost it's ability to do so. The lever doesn't really move the nut that clamps to the dropout anymore.

I think that one of the springs might have gone bad, but now I can't remove the plastic nut on the other side of the skewer to check the springs. I have a pair of pliers attached to the "nut side" while I'm rotating the lever side, but the nut won't come off and all I hear is a grinding noise.

This ever happen to you guys?
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Hmm... I've never had a problem like that, but it hardly seems like it's worth spending much time on since a new skewer is < $10. I'd just drill the skewer out from the left side. No need to worry about whether you damage the nut, but be careful not to cut up the dropout.
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Old 03-05-05, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by 53-11_alltheway
I've been tightening my rear skewer pretty hard on order to keep the rear wheel aligned when I pedal hard up hills (standing). Skewer seems to have gotten weaker lately.

Unfortunately it seems to have lost it's clamping power. When I try pushing on the lever to close the skewer now it seems to have lost it's ability to do so. The lever doesn't really move the nut that clamps to the dropout anymore.

I think that one of the springs might have gone bad, but now I can't remove the plastic nut on the other side of the skewer to check the springs. I have a pair of pliers attached to the "nut side" while I'm rotating the lever side, but the nut won't come off and all I hear is a grinding noise.

This ever happen to you guys?
Sheldon Brown has the skinny on skewers. If you have horizontal or semi horizontal dropouts ,use the right kind and you won't have to put the strongarm to them.Springs have nothing to do with. You have simply hosed the skewer.
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Originally Posted by sydney
Sheldon Brown has the skinny on skewers. If you have horizontal or semi horizontal dropouts ,use the right kind and you won't have to put the strongarm to them.Springs have nothing to do with. You have simply hosed the skewer.
I thinking giving the lever a gentle kick with my foot may have hosed the closing mecahnism now that I think about it .
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