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Will not spin

I think I need to get into the brake to see if it is stopping the spin. I am afraid to open it up because there is a caution sticker that says there is 200 lbs of force inside. Shall I leave it alone? I do like to fix it myself.

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You really don't want to go in there... the warning is just for such occasions. You can really cause some self-harm by releasing the energy stored within that system, not to mention that you'd never get it back together the way it's supposed to be.

I caution you to read and heed the warning!

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

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