Freewheel on my bike is not making any clicking sounds like it used to when I bought the bike from the bike shop.

I got the bike serviced last month due to brake making screeching noises and the rear wheel is wobbling. I don't know what the bicycle mechanics did to the rear wheel except that he filed the brake pads clean. I m guessing that they added more grease or sprayed some degreaser on the bearing wheels in the hub and did some adjustments to the rear wheel.

  • Does your freewheel still spin freely in one direction and clutch on in the other? That is, can you still pedal hard and coast on your bike?
    – gschenk
    Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 13:15
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    And does it freewheel? Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 13:15
  • There is a difference between freewheel and freehub. It is explained here: bicycles.stackexchange.com/q/21399/30402
    – gschenk
    Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 13:17
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    Can you clarify what exactly you are asking? Is the wheel working correctly or not? Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 15:46

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Based on your symptom of the 'rear wheel being versatile" which I take to mean a wobble related to loose bearing adjustment in the hub. If the mechanic completed a complete hub overhaul the axel, bearings and cone nuts would've been removed, examined, replaced if needed and then put back together packed with new grease and adjusted properly so that the wobble was gone. None of this takes place where the "clicking" is generated. However I often try to get some lubrication dripped into the freehub where the pawls engage to create the drive force of the sprocket. A combination of lubricant and a tighter bearing system can sometimes quiet the pawls. Other times the sound is more distinct as the liquid lubricant loosens the old grease and the pawls move more freely and "snap" through their range of motion. Obviously there may be something wrong if you're experiencing a slipping sensation or if when you begin pedalling again after coasting there's a sensation of the cranks free spinning and a delay in the normal resistance to pedalling.

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