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Noise on freewheel rotation when moving fairly fast, I think the pawls are hanging up but how do I get it apart/

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Too take the Freehub off of the hub body is fairly simple on Mavic. You will need either Mavic Mineral oil, a lightweight mineral oil or other very light lubricant when you are done with cleaning. This can be tricky to find and you may need to enlist the help of your local bike shop to get some or the equivelant.

Here is the direct link to the Mavic service instructions with nice clear pictures and "how-to's".

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I am not familiar with this model, but you will either have a coaster type brake hub (pedal backwards to apply brakes) or you will have a freewheel type of hub that allows you to rotate the cranks backward without engaging anything.

If you have a coaster brake type hub then you will need to rebuild the hub, which is too complicated to explain in this post. Take it to your local bike shop (LBS) and buy a new wheel for about $25 - $50.

If you have a freewheel hub, then what is happening is the pawls inside the freewheel or the cassette are not engaging. They are activated by small springs within the freewheel or cassette. The springs could be broken, the pawls could be broken or a likely scenario is that the grease inside has become sticky or the pawls are rusty. You can try flushing it out with some Liquid Wrench or WD40 oil, by squirting the lube in the side of the freewheel/cassette (squirting it on the teeth of the cogs will do nothing). Look at the side of the hub around the axle, if you rotate the freewheel backwards you will see where it rotates around a stationary part and this is where you can squirt the oil in. It will take a few shots of oil and rotating the freewheel at the same time to work the oil into the pawls and springs. You can disassemble the freewheel/cassette but this requires specialized tools that most consumer don't have but they can be purchased at you LBS.

Alternatively, buy a new freewheel/cassette hub and you are in business. It requires a special tool to remove so once again, go to your LBS and they can remove it in a just a few seconds and install a new one just as quick and probably only charge you a nominal amount to do it ($10-20, which is the cost of the tool, but how often do you need to remove your freewheel, right?). A BMX freewheel is as cheap as $15 and up and a cassette varies from $10-50 depending on brand and quality.

Good luck, P.S. if you go the "oil flush" route, it will destroy the grease inside and you will have to squirt a little oil in there on a frequent basis to keep things running smooth.

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Unfortunately, there is only one last ditch effort to free up that freewheel. The following link takes you to a very simplified diagram of how a freewheel works : File Roue libre cliquet svg
What's happening in your instance is that the pawl, colored red, is not engaging the outer teeth, possibly due to corrosion, or age. What you can do is use a penetrating oil to get inside the mechanism to try to free it up. In the following link, you will see a freewheel that is most likely similar to yours: Shimano Hyperglide Freewheel
You want to add oil to the edge of that inner ring that says "Shimano" (yours may not say that), while spinning the cranks to draw the oil in. Hopefully, after a while, and maybe a lot of oil, the pawls will free up and start catching.

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You can squirt a little WD40 into the gap between the part that turns with the wheel and the part that turns with the freewheel. It's a circle a little more than an inch in diameter. Or you can use a little heavier wieght oil like sewing machine oil, or 3-in-1 or pneumatic tool oil. But don't use motor oil, it's too heavy and might cause the pawl to hang up.

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Creaking variable noise from rear. noticeable too when freewheeling.suspect it isa wheel problem but spokes seem tight enough. wheel is not fully true.

I suspect that you need a new rear cog, sometimes the pawls and bearings wear out, Take it to your local bike shop and they can tell you for sure. I cannot tell without seeing it.

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The freewheel has a ratchet pawl (an internal, spring loaded lever) that would normally engage gear teeth in one direction and click over them in the other direction. This is just like the action of a ratchet wrench. You might have a broken spring or broken pawl - in which case you will have to replace the freewheel---- Or it might just be dirty. Spray some WD 40 inside it (spray through the small gap between the round part that moves and the round part that doesn't. If that doesn't work, you'll have to replace it.

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Make sure your rear derailleur is lined up with one of the rings of teeth on your rear gears( cassette ). Also make sure Your chain is riding correctly on one of the front gears on your crank. If you are still unable to back pedal make sure that one of the cogs (gears) in the rear derailleur arm isn't seized. They must both be able to rotate and the chain should pass through them in a backward S pattern. If you still can't back pedal remove the back wheel or move the chain off the cassette to see if the cassette will freewheel. It has to move freely in a counterclockwise direction in order for you to backpedal. Moving in a clockwise direction engages pawls inside the cassette which lock it into a drive situation which propels the bike. If the cassette will not freewheel in a counterclockwise direction you will need to take the rear wheel to a good bicycle shop to have the cassette replaced. It requires a special tool to remove it. Hope this helps.

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Not sure if you ever got a response. I can help with half the issue. These Mavic SSC-SL wheels are a breeze to disassemble the rear hub (I've done so many times). I have these wheels on road bikes AND cross bikes. You DON'T need (nor want to use a vise). Yes, the one side is a 5 mm allen key. While the other side seems like it has nothing, you can actually (with your hand) simply grab the black axle and pull it away/off the hub. It will be a bit stubborn, but trust me, it comes off. There is an O-ring on the inside that simply keeps it sealed and on. Once you have that part off, you now insert a 10 mm allen key. With the 5mm in the other side, you can now twist and remove the entire axle and freehub. Careful, the freehub will now come off the axle, exposing the seals, a washer, AND 2 pawls that are in place by springs. Be careful not to lose the springs.

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