How to service a Shimano M530 SPD pedal

Quick fix tips for looking after your MTB pedals

We show you how to look after and service your Shimano M530 SPD pedals in seven simple steps…

1. Remove the pedal

1. Start by giving your pedals a good clean
1. Start by giving your pedals a good clean

Remove the pedal from the bike and give it a good clean.

Holding the pedal body in one hand, use Shimano’s PD40 tool (or a stout pair of pliers) to unscrew the axle, turning the collar in the opposite direction to the ‘tighten’ arrow.

2. Remove the ball bearings

2. Make sure you have a dish or similar to catch the ball bearings
2. Make sure you have a dish or similar to catch the ball bearings

Insert a 6mm Allen key into the end of the axle.

Use a 7mm spanner to remove the first nut from the other end (anticlockwise).

Repeat on the second nut, with a 10mm spanner.

Remove the axle’s bearing housing, using a dish to catch the loose ball bearings.

3. More cleaning

3. Use degreaser and and a clean rag
3. Use degreaser and and a clean rag

Remove all the bearings carefully and clean them with degreaser and a rag.

Remove the bearing race, threaded barrel and rubber seal from the axle, noting their order and orientation.

Clean all the parts of the pedal axle with degreaser and rags.

4. Replace the bearings

4. Form a neat ring
4. Form a neat ring

Replace the seal, barrel and bearing race on the axle in the correct order.

Grease the concave end of the bearing race and use a magnetic screwdriver to install 12 bearings.

Push them onto the outer edge of the race to form a neat ring.

5. Grease the housing

5. Use a magnetic screwdriver to install the remaining bearings
5. Use a magnetic screwdriver to install the remaining bearings

Grease one end of the bearing housing and use the magnetic screwdriver to install the remaining 12 bearings.

Slide the housing onto the axle with the bearing-free end first, so that there are bearings on either end of the housing.

6. Tighten

6. Use a 10mm spanner
6. Use a 10mm spanner

Thread the 10mm cone nut onto the axle (clockwise, tapered end first).

Tighten it with a 10mm spanner until the bearings are free of play but not restricted.

Install the 7mm lock nut and tighten it against the cone using both spanners.

Check for play or friction.

7. Grease and reinstall

7. Tighten gently
7. Tighten gently

Grease the axle and reinstall it in the pedal body, turning it in the direction of the ‘tighten’ arrow.

Gently tighten the axle against the pedal body using the PD40 tool or pliers.

Grease the external threads and reinstall the pedal on the bike.

Jargon Buster: magnetic screwdriver

Make your own magnetic screwdriver
Make your own magnetic screwdriver

A magnetic-tipped screwdriver is invaluable when removing and installing bearings. Don’t have one? You can magnetise a normal screwdriver by rubbing a magnet along its length several times in the same direction.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Seb Stott

Technical Writer, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
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  • Location: Bristol, UK

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