Cranks coming loose when it rains!

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Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby SaintMark » Mon Apr 30, 2012 09:34 am

It seems like every time I ride my commuting bike in the rain, the next day the cranks start working loose.

I've got an FSA Vero chainset on a Shimano square-taper bottom bracket. I've tightened the bolt as hard as humanly possible without snapping my allen key so anyone know what else I can do?

Does this happen to anyone else when it rains, or is it just coincidence?

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Re: Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby Danlikesbikes » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:03 am

Yes it did happen to me a few week's ago.

Mine turned out not to be the bottom bracket or the crank as both myself & my friendly LBS tried both. What happened was the locking ring had a hair line fracture that in the dry did not affect the crank but in the wet it caused the slightest bit of movement at the joint.

Whilst the crank set was out of warranty as upgraded circa 18 months ago, the LBS spoke to the manufacturers who did confirm that they had a few issued with the locking nut & had since changed the design & they agreed to replace the whole thing for free.
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Re: Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby SaintMark » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:29 am

Ah-ha thanks, I was getting paranoid. I hadn't thought of closely checking the state of the nut itself. I think I have a spare at home so could do a swap.

This is the second BB on this bike, the original one kept unscrewing itself from the shell and it was back in the shop twice, so the LBS changed it for a Shimano one which has stayed in place but now the left crank keeps coming off.

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Re: Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby The Rookie » Wed May 02, 2012 15:10 pm

You'll never do a square taper up tight enough with an Allen key, you need an Allen socket on a ratchet, 3/8" drive at least.

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Re: Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby bompington » Wed May 02, 2012 15:20 pm

They're not carbon fibre are they? ;-)

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Re: Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby SaintMark » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:13 am

Well it's still coming loose. Almost every ride now which is very annoying.

The Beginner wrote:You'll never do a square taper up tight enough with an Allen key, you need an Allen socket on a ratchet, 3/8" drive at least.


Hmm thanks I have been putting quite a bit of force through the bolt (don't have a torque wrench) but was worried about damaging it if I did it any tighter.

I am wondering if the taper and the crank are not quite compatible. Anyone heard of this? I thought all square tapers were the same size but Sheldon Brown says there are two different types. I have FSA cranks and Shimano BB.

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Re: Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby DesWeller » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:31 pm

The Beginner wrote:You'll never do a square taper up tight enough with an Allen key, you need an Allen socket on a ratchet, 3/8" drive at least.


This, all day long.

I have a set of long T-handled hex wrenches, but I still stick a bit of pipe over the end when I'm doing square taper crank screws. Not sure what torque I'm putting on there, but it must be north of 70Nm.

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Re: Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby SaintMark » Sat Jun 16, 2012 18:25 pm

Cheers. Have taken your advice and got it as tight as I could using an old seatpost as a lever and my feet to turn it so we'll see how it goes.

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Re: Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby MichaelW » Sun Jun 17, 2012 08:03 am

Is the square taper assembled wet or dry? Dry assembly almost fuses together with time; a dab of grease allows for easier removal and possibly, a risk of damaging the taper by excessive torque. Both are recommended, depending on your religion.

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Re: Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby SaintMark » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:31 pm

I always use a thin layer of grease because I find dry means they creak too which drives me mad. Much as I want the crank to stay on I don't want it seized as I wreck bottom bracket bearings on a regular basis, don't know why, it's always been the part of a bike I seem to destroy first.

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Re: Cranks coming loose when it rains!

Postby veryslowtwitch » Sat Jul 07, 2012 15:55 pm

You may wish to check that the LBS have not mixed Campy and Japanese tapers.

If you did not inspect/install the BB yourself then it may be worth checking that it is indeed Shimano (JSA) and also that the crank is definitely Shimano too.

Although the specs are theoretically incompatible they look and feel very similar and it is possible to screw together wrong cranks/BBs but the mating is very insecure.

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