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Problem with Crank Arms

Old 03-13-15, 12:04 AM
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Problem with Crank Arms

I made a post in another section but I was told to post here so I'll try. I have a 20" Bmx. Just bought a new back wheel for $400, Now I've run into another problem. The crank arms have become really loose and wobbly, so I decided to try tighten them but when they are tightened they jam up at the apex point of pedaling, and It will stop my flow of pedaling and I will have to use a lot more pressure than I was using to pedal. Any Idea what this is and What I have to do to fix it?
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Old 03-13-15, 03:42 AM
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Ok, it sounds like you are tightening the bottom bracket.

With cones, if everything is working right, you have to set them just perfect, not too tight, not too loose.

However, if you have a broken bearing or something, then you won't be able to adjust it quite perfectly. Caged bearings periodically disintegrate too.

At this point, you need to take everything apart and inspect it, and repack the grease, then set the cones, and lock nut.

Do you have one piece cranks, or three piece cranks? If it is the one piece cranks, they can all be disassembled with pretty standard tools. If 3 piece, you'll need a crank puller.
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