What can I use instead of a crank puller?
You can also pry the threads out or remove them by slowly threading the bolt, depending on the crank arm type of your bicycle. Use a bolt or a spanner tool to remove and loosen the washers.
How do I know if my crank bearings are bad on my bike?
How do I know if my bottom bracket bearings are bad? Spin the crank while holding the bike with one hand. If you feel an obvious rumbling or grinding feeling, the bearing are wore out and the unit should be replaced. Very worn bottom brackets will actually make a grinding noise.
Almost anything can be taken apart without proper tools, including bottom brackets. it, but it can be done. The right tool for the job(any job) makes life much easier and will lower your frustration level by leaps and bounds. If it is a Square taper, isis or octalink then no.
Bottom Bracket Removal Tool
- Crank extractor (Also referred to as crank puller) – This is necessary for most systems but some have a one-key release or self-extracting system.
- Bottom bracket removal tool.
- Allen key – ideally long length.