New: Take part in the January 2020 BikeRide Giveaway for a HEDKAYSE | ONE bike helmet

Welcome guest! Register or sign in to participate in the cycling discussions.


Pedals Turn Wheel Does Not
#1
I'm pretty handy, but it has been a LONG time since I took a bike apart. My son's bike is changing gears and the pedals turn, but it is not turning the wheel. What's my problem?
  Reply
#2
The freewheel or cassette/freehub pawls, which are what clicks when one coasts and drive the wheel when pedaling, are not engaging. If it never catches at all it's likely that dried up grease, dirt, etc. is keeping them from engaging. You need to first Google "freewheel or cassette" if you don't know which you have, then search for "clean cassette" (or freewheel). If cleaning does not fix the problem the pawl springs may be broken or the pawls damaged, and you will need a new freehub or freewheel.
  Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  Grip shift gear on kids bike difficult to turn lunerfish 16 103,955 10-27-2019, 08:29 PM
Last Post: Will L.
  I cannot turn the wheel. It gets stuck Nimitta 6 9,538 04-02-2014, 07:10 AM
Last Post: Nimitta
  Coaster brake bike pedals don't turn kjw 1 3,178 01-15-2014, 03:51 AM
Last Post: Painkiller
  Handlebars won't turn wheel nathanlink169 5 21,335 04-01-2013, 03:02 AM
Last Post: 1FJEF
  Pedals wont turn, back wheel wont rotate backwards mittenumleben 5 7,449 12-30-2012, 03:27 AM
Last Post: FredS
  Which way to turn the wrench when removing pedals bikesmith1 9 70,696 11-04-2012, 03:53 AM
Last Post: Bill
  Too much force on pedals makes it skip and not move wheel jelee8804 21 23,528 09-13-2012, 04:12 PM
Last Post: DaveM
  Pedals turn freely but wont engage anything. tagrant25 2 11,137 08-27-2012, 05:14 AM
Last Post: GeorgeET
  Pedals won't turn while sitting on bike grogthecaveman 1 4,670 05-06-2012, 05:29 PM
Last Post: grogthecaveman
  Sektor U-Turn coil 100-140mm jackovo_joe 1 3,767 01-05-2012, 06:15 PM
Last Post: Bill

Forum Jump: