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Old 01-14-10, 12:04 AM
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A couple of stuck bolts

Stem wont come out and now I cant get a hex into the bolt because I stupidly hit it without putting a towel over it and I ruined the shape which will not allow me to insert into it.

Also, I cant get the crank arm bolts off. They are super rusted so I dowsed them with Liquid Wrench. They should be normal thread, right? It's a late 80's Schwinn. Do you guys typically use the old socket trick on the crank arm bolts? Anything would help. I do not want to take it to a shop to relive stuck bolts.
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Old 01-14-10, 12:08 AM
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This may be overly time-consuming and lame on my part, but for the stem, get a small file and make it so you can insert the allen key.

I'm think that the non-drive side crank bolt is going to be reverse threaded....

Again, I'm wrong when it comes to a lot of this stuff...
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Old 01-14-10, 12:13 AM
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Based on what you've said, my advice would be to take it to your LBS and watch how they do it so you don't completely ruin it.
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Old 01-14-10, 12:15 AM
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Originally Posted by DRietz View Post
I'm think that the non-drive side crank bolt is going to be reverse threaded....
No
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Meaning no offense, it sounds to me like you are not well trained to work on old bicycles. Again, no offense but please take the advice offered so far in this thread. If you are unsure of what you are doing, go to a bike shop. Often times, they will do little things like this for free. Or...

You could do something else stupid (your word) and really screw the bike frame set up. Trust this advice because I have been there. Here is how I remove stuck seat posts. As for the crank arm bolt thing, I cannot imagine a crank bolt being that rusted simply because in over 500 bikes refurbished, I have never run across a rusted in crank arm bolt. Perhaps I am misunderstanding the situation.
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Here is how I remove stuck seat posts
... and steering stems. I forgot the link in the previous post

http://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpe...troduction.htm
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just what is "the old socket" trick? as TejanoTrackie pointed out, to DReitz, the crank bolts or nuts are not lefthand thread. also I think perhaps you should enlist the help of a more experienced bike mechanic. also what kind of bike is this? a Tempo or a calentie? ( I am certain that is not right) if the bike is a lowend model and has had a tough life of outside storage and neglect it might not be worth repairing.
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