Damn crank removal tool - is this busted?

by sm   May 19, 2013  

Hey, removing my crank arm today using an Ice Toolz Crank Removal Tool. It was a struggle which should have told me I was doing something wrong. I left the little silver metal cap on, which has now jammed in my crank as per the pic.

I think I know the answer to this (it's busted!) but can someone look at this picture and let me know their thoughts? The silver cap is wedged solid. I'm assuming I should have removed it before attempting to use the tool. New crank for me?

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I'll answer my own question and remind others not to make the same mistake as me - remove the silver cap when extracting the crank unless you have a splined crank. If only I'd have know that earlier! A belated thank you once again to Sheldon: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/cotterless.html

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posted by sm [343 posts]
19th May 2013 - 16:11

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Try drilling into the cap and using the hole to prize is off. A dremel or similar might be easier but a small bit on a power drill should work OK. Just don't go too far. What have you got to lose?

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posted by arrieredupeleton [550 posts]
19th May 2013 - 18:17

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arrieredupeleton wrote:
Try drilling into the cap and using the hole to prize is off.

Not a bad idea, I'll give it a go later, thanks for the tip!

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posted by sm [343 posts]
20th May 2013 - 6:48

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