Repacking Grip King Pedals

The clicking mentioned in the previous post was isolated to the left pedal on the Trucker.  When spinning it under load, I could just barely feel the notch where the bearings were catching.  Fortunately, there are a few web references to the problem, and no lack of guidance on how to address it.

My initial idea was to drill an “access” hole in the plastic cap, and then use a small grease gun to inject lubricant into the bearing until it starts seeping out the other end, similar to most grease fittings.  But after thinking about it, I didn’t want to go out and buy a small grease gun that I would rarely use, especially since I already had a larger one on hand for the lawn tractor, log splitter, etc…

So I decided that I would manually pack the grease in, which proved to be a pretty easy job.  I did both bikes in about 1/2 an hour.

For tools, I used a table vise, cordless drill with a small bit, small random screw, phillips driver, flat head driver, channel locks, and some high grade lithium grease.

Stabilize the pedal in a vise.

Drill a small hole in the center of the cap. Insert the screw just deep enough to grab the cap.

Here you can see the interior of the pedal with the outside bearing race. The bearings sit behind the race along the edge of the pedal body.

Using the flat head driver, work the grease down into the bearing. No harm in packing as much in as will fit. Remove the pedal from the vise and give it a healthy tap or two on a wooden surface. Snap the cap back in, wipe off any excess, and install back on the bike.

There are probably some mechanics out there choking on their coffee, but this down and dirty fix will most likely last for years and years.  No disassembly, no cleaning; but no lost bearings either.

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One response to “Repacking Grip King Pedals

  1. Bearing Grease lowers the friction and provides longer shelf life for bearings thus minimizing maintenance costs and time. .

    Various grades and types of Bearing Greases are available to suit the specific requirement of a particular bearing. Selection of the Bearing Grease is very important and the maintenance engineers should strictly follow the advice of the original equipment manufacturer in the selection of Bearing Grease.

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