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Re-building a Shimano SPD-SL pedal

Old 07-30-10, 06:28 AM
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Re-building a Shimano SPD-SL pedal

I have a click that im 99.9% sure is coming from my left pedal. Seems like the only way to eliminate it is to take the pedal apart and re-build/lube it.

Anyone perform this operation before? I've seen the tech docs on the Shimano site but was looking for some real world feedback.
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Never done it, but if you have the tech documents, the right tools and the time/patience you should be fine. Good luck.
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Never done it either, but I will say that it is very hard to be sure where strange sounds are coming from. You might go to the trouble to rebuild the pedal and still have the click.
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Originally Posted by hammond9705
Never done it either, but I will say that it is very hard to be sure where strange sounds are coming from. You might go to the trouble to rebuild the pedal and still have the click.
True but my mechanic concurs with the pedal assessment. All else has been ruled out at this point.
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Actually it's not that hard. Replace the suspect pedal with a known non-clicker. If the problem disappears you have your answer.
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Recently had the same click. Turned out I needed to drop some grease on the threads. Click gone. Must have been all the power I generate. Might want to try it before ripping the pedal apart. GL
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There's a plate covering the bearing assembly held in place by two screws, right? I've never taken one apart, but I can't imagine it would be difficult to take that plate off for a quick look-see. I've thought about doing it just out of curiosity, but then I'd have to dig up a small, Phillips head screwdriver. Meh.
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There should be a plastic or metal threaded nub circling the axle right next to the crank attach axle threads. Unscrew this using the appropriate tool (have no idea what this is; I usually end up using pliers... carefully). The bearings are underneath. Clean out as much of the old grease as you can, fill the bearing cavity back up with new grease, and screw the pedal axle back in.
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Originally Posted by Daytrip
There's a plate covering the bearing assembly held in place by two screws, right? I've never taken one apart, but I can't imagine it would be difficult to take that plate off for a quick look-see. I've thought about doing it just out of curiosity, but then I'd have to dig up a small, Phillips head screwdriver. Meh.
incorrect. The plate is just a wear plate to protect the aluminum pedal body. It does not lead to the bearings.
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