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Rockflopper
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I am trying to swap out my pedals but its proving to be very difficult. I bought 15mm pedal wrench from the shop and was able to take the drive side pedal off without any problems but the left side is not budging. I am COMPLETELY aware that the thread is reversed on the left side and I am turning it clockwise but the damn thing wont move. I have tried spraying it down with WD40 but that has done nothing. Whats my next course of action?

I don't want to bring it to the shop because I know they will charge me 20 bucks for it, and they do TERRIBLE work. They are the ones that put the pedal on initially and I know they probably didn't grease it and they probably crossed the threads up.
 

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Any shop worth their salt won't charge you for pedal removal. Especially if they're the ones who over-tightened it.
 

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time for the good ol cheater bar aka a piece of pipe. you can also try tapping the end of the wrench lightly to get it moving. also try lining up the pedal wrench and crank so you can grip/squeeze the arm and wrench at the same time. use anti seize when you reinstall. the next removal will be a breeze
 

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stop by an auto supply shop and get a can of penetrating lubricant. lay the bike on its side so the lubricant can work its way into the threads. it will work better than wd40 for things that are stuck like that. it will take a minute or so for it to seep in, but it should grease up the threads in there enough for you to get them out. i had a similar problem with some screws on the brakes on my car. the screws were in there so tight i actually bent the tip of a craftsman screwdriver. a little penetrating oil, and it came right out.
 

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PB blaster is my fav penetrating lube... it's like wd40 on crack... put a bit in the bottom of a foam cup and it'll eat the foam... you can hear it eating rust also (it's invaluable when working on a car)...

that being said... cheater bar (for more tourqe) like mentioned above is exactly the way to go... outside of the obvious letting the LBS take care of it this time around...
 

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Be careful if your gonna just try to bust the pedal off with out penetrating lube because your pedal threads are most likely steel and the cranks are aluminum so you might strip the threads.
 

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This is driving me insane! I love how a 5 minute project turns into a whole day ordeal.

I bought some liquid wrench penetrating oil and let it soak for 10 minutes and it still wont budge. Even worse the Park Tool pedal wrench I bought is now completely warped and pretty unusable, and the pedal (shimano m540) is taking a beating.

Im giving up and bringing it back to the shop and let them deal with it, even though every time I bring my bike back from there, there are more problems with it than before I went in.

I'm trying to take the initiative and start doing my own work on the bike but **** if its going to cause this much frustration I will gladly pay a shop that knows what they're doing.
 
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