I have been trying for days to remove my freewheel using a freewheel tool. I have been using an adjustable spanner for now but it still is not moving. Am I not strong enough? Or is there another trick that I can use?enter image description here

Any assistance is required as I have been stuck for days. Thank you.

  1. Take off the axle nut, slide on the freewheel tool, and replace the nut so that it holds the freewheel tool in place.
  2. Lock the freewheel tool in a bench vise.
  3. Grasp the wheel at the rim and turn counter-clockwise to unscrew.

This gives you more leverage and control than a wrench.

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    The bench vice needs to be bolted to a bench that's either bolted to the floor or is large/heavy enough to take the force.
    – David D
    Jul 13 '21 at 16:40
  • @DavidD or sit on the workbench while turning the wheel
    – Chris H
    Jul 14 '21 at 13:25

The trick is to grasp and turn the wheel itself, rather than turning the freewheel tool. This gives greater mechanical advantage, since the wheel’s radius is (probably) longer than your wrench.

Of course, something needs to hold the freewheel tool fixed in place while you grab and turn the wheel. One option is to tighten the freewheel tool into a bench vise. If you don’t have a bench vise, I’ve had luck fitting an adjustable wrench on the freewheel tool and jamming the wrench against something fixed, so the wrench doesn’t move. Maybe the wall, or a railing.

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