How to Dismantle Shimano Clipless Pedals

Written by matthew ferguson
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Shimano clipless pedals feature a shoe and pedal interface designed to enhance pedalling stability and power transfer. A cleat fixed to the bottom of a cycling-specific shoe attaches to an adjustable binding atop the pedal. Shimano pedals can be dismantled periodically for servicing, such as cleaning inner parts and greasing both the spindle and bearings. Disassembly of the pedal also is an excellent opportunity to remove and replace dry or damaged bearings.

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Things you need

  • 15mm pedal wrench
  • Shimano TL PD-40 tool
  • Bench vice
  • Rag
  • 36mm wrench
  • 7mm wrench
  • 10mm wrench

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  1. 1

    Attach a 15mm bicycle pedal wrench around the flat portion of the Shimano pedal spindle. Remove the right side pedal by rotating the wrench counterclockwise. Remove the left side pedal by rotating the wrench clockwise. The left side pedal is reverse threaded.

  2. 2

    Slide the Shimano TL PD-40 tool onto the axle of the first pedal. The tool is designed to mesh with the axle locking nut.

  3. 3

    Place the Shimano pedal platform between a bench vice lined with a rag. The rag will prevent the vice jaws scarring the pedal.

  4. 4

    Attach a 36mm wrench to the flat portion of the TL PD-40 tool. Rotate the wrench clockwise to unscrew the right pedal axle. Rotate the wrench counterclockwise to unscrew the left pedal axle.

  5. 5

    Remove the Shimano pedal from the bench vice and slide the axle from the pedal body.

  6. 6

    Place the axle back in the cloth-lined vice with the non-threaded end face up.

  7. 7

    Attach a 7mm wrench to the locking nut on the tip of the axle. Attach a 10mm wrench to the cone directly beside the locking nut. Removing the locking nut gains access to the bearings.

  8. 8

    Rotate the 7mm wrench counterclockwise against the 10mm wrench. Unscrew the locking nut and cone from the tip. The bearings are directly inside.

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