I need to remove my wheel to have it respoked and I've never done this before. I got the cotter pin out and the castle nut off but I'm not sure as to the next step. To pull the wheel off, do I need to remove the roller bearing or do I apply jaw pullers at this point to get it off? And if the bearing has to be removed, what is the proper method and tool?
The next piece in line has to be removed. Unscrews the same way as the castle nut.
Jerry, the outer bearings thread onto the axle. The R/S is turned clockwise to loosen, and the drivers side is turned counter clockwise to loosen. After the outer bearings are off, you should be able to pull the wheel off.
Thanks. Will I need a special tool? I'm leery about using channel locks or a vice grip.
Meant to say spindle, not axle.
Big adjustable wrench will work fine.
Jerry, do you have the tool that removes the hubcaps? If you do, the other end fits the bearing.
Jerry, This tool comes in handy when doing this job. Not necessary but handy none the less. One hole for the hub cap, one for the hex nut and one for the outer bearing not sure what the last one is for. Jim
The unpainted one is I believe for the wire wheel hubs it has the tangs that reach in farther on those hubs.
James, I don't have that tool, though I've seen it many a time. I'll try the big wrench idea from Dave but if it starts to deform the bearing I'll go ahead and purchase one from Chaffin's. Thanks.
Jerry, put the wrench on the two flat spots you see on the bearing, turn the same direction as you turned the nut to remove it. I've yet to find one seized on the hub, they usually turn very easily
Then use a punch to tap out the inner bearing. It pops out quite easily. I usually put the wheel on a couple of 2 x 4's with a piece of newspaper on the ground for the bearing to drop onto. It will stay clean that way. The seal comes off with the bearing.
Don't be afraid to lube the heck out the threads on that spindle as you remove the outer bearing.
Even awash in WD-40 or some-such lube as that spindle appears a bit beat up to these eyes.
I've used a curved jaw #10 Vise Grip on those bearings but well, that might not be the way.
James, I've just seen those tools. Must be very useful. Been working with truck and bicycles, I might get this tool. Right after we installed the new truck wheels, I'll be restoring a 1940 Schwinn B707.
Have fun with the project Jerry!
I hope your spindle threads are better than they look in the photo!
Big crescent wrench works fine Jerry.
They are, Larry. That angle and the lighting does make them look pretty chewed up.