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    New question here. Crank Brothers 5050 x Bearings

    How do I service these pedals, my friend purchased them about 2months ago and the bearings sound absolutely knackered! He's quite reluctant to let me start pulling them in bits and doesn't think the shop will warranty them as there's a few scratches on them, does anyone know the procedure for servicing them? Any help much appreciated

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    Strait from Crank Bros website

    "Can the 5050's be rebuilt?
    Both pedals are serviceable. The 50/50 X can be serviced by repacking the loose ball bearings with grease. The 50/50 XX can be serviced by injecting grease into the grease port. The 50/50 XX bearing can be replaced with a rebuild kit."

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    Do I just pry the plastic cap out of the end of the pedal and undo a nut then? He doesn't like the sound of me attacking the plastic cap unless I know for sure

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    No you should not pry the end caps, you should unscrew them and then undo the nut. Do it over a rag as the ball bearings are likely to come out unexpectedly once you remove the nut and start separating the axle from the pedal body.

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    Hmmm.....it just seemed to spin when I tried screwing it out? Any suggestions? Does it need to be pushed in and turned at same time like a safety cap?

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    Screw counter-clock wise or assure you that your hex key is not freespinning on the plastic top cap. I personnaly got the 5050XX pedals and I also need to re-grease thems often. An other thing about theses pedals, put blue locktite on the bolts of the plates. They tend to loose and fall...
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    the bearings won't fall out if they are sealed..
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    Haha I know, not the bearings, I was meaning the plates bolts ...Never seen bearings falling off and it's a good thing:P haha
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    Haven't got round to servicing them yet(Lazy I know but the mate who owns the bike had a very nasty coming together with the handlebar stem!). One thing was the plastic end cap wasn't threaded, I spun it both clockwise and anticlockwise and it didnt come out so I put a small hole through it and hooked it out(Proper Bodge It Technique!), used a bit of silicone to fill the hole up and keep the grime out.

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