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Schwinn Model F freehub help please

Old 05-21-23, 12:40 AM
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Schwinn Model F freehub help please

Hey everyone,

I'm having trouble taking apart this freehub. Just taking off that ring took a lot of ingenuity and elbow grease. Tried using a chainwhip and a cassette tool to 'unscrew' it, but when I reach a certain force (a lot of force, I should add), there's just a loud thud inside - probably the ratcheting mechanism being forced to do what it's not supposed to. Any ideas on what should be done next? Tools required?

I should add that I tried following this guide, but that freehub seems a little different.

Any advice is much appreciated.


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Old 05-21-23, 06:55 AM
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AlexIg first off, welcome to C&V.

What you have pictured is a freewheel and not a freehub. Freehubs remain attached (normally) to the hub and a cassette of sprockets is attached for the drivetrain.

Your freewheel was made by Maillard for Schwinn. Shimano also made a similar model for Schwinn, but since your freewheel is marked "France," it is a Maillard.

You need to carefully remove the black plastic cover which says, "Schwinn Approved...." It is simply pressure fitted into the freewheel body. Apply some penetrating oil around the edges to loosen old, dried grease and road debris. A tiny flat bladed screwdriver (such as one used for the screws which hold arms to eyeglasses) should be able to lift it up and out.

Once the plastic ring is removed, you will be able to see the outer bearing race/retaining ring which holds together the two body halves. Personally, I prefer to remove the sprockets first. On this model the two smallest sprockets are threaded, and the larger sprockets slip off. The sprockets thread off normally, "lefty loosey."

The threads on the bearing race/retaining ring are reversed. If you don't own the special tool which fits in the rear threaded part of the inner body and then in a vise, your best bet is to mount the body on the wheel's hub. With the tire inflated to 10-15 lbs, place it on the floor or workbench in front of you with the small holes in the bearing race at 3 and 9 o'clock. Insert a punch in the 3 o'clock hole, and using a hammer, strike the punch towards the floor, which will loosen the bearing race.

Move the wheel to horizontal and thread off the bearing race. Be prepared with a plastic container to place over the body. Quickly flip the wheel 180 degrees and catch the outer body half, bearings, pawls, and springs in the container. Using your removal tool, remove the inner body from the hub. Proceed to servicing the freewheel.
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Thanks Bob! I was able to take the body apart (and even caught the majority of bearing balls ) Really appreciate the detailed write-up.

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Don't forget to report back with how you did on servicing or if you have any other questions.
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