front axle stuck

zio

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Went riding Saturday, despite badly needing a new front tire. I can't get the axle out! I had all four pinch bolts out, a screw driver prying the right side (clutch side) open, and was banging on the axle with a hammer & socket. All it did was push the right fork leg out. The left side is free, and it's free all through the hub & spacer. It's just that fork leg clamp that won't let go. What could possibly be going on?
 

Yogurt

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I would say libral use of WD-40, and a T-handle wrench, or something like a 8mm or 10mm socket, being used to hammer the thing out. Usually I use the T-handle with an 8mm socket on the end of it, to push the axle out, while hammering on the T-handle. Sounds like maybe you've already tried this. But might be the only option. Good luck!
 

biglou

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See if you can "block" the lower fork leg that the axle is stuck in. ie: put it against something so it won't flex when you hit the axle with a mallet. Maybe a piece of 2x4 between it and a wall or a workbench or something. That will transfer much more energy to the axle and not let it get absorbed by the flexing fork leg.
 

rickyd

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#5
May want too try a little bit of heat.. Is the axle stuck inside the hub too?? If so, could possibly be bent..
Rick