old SA 3 speed hub wont engage

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by RMWdave, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. RMWdave

    RMWdave Member

    is there an easy way to free up the pawls without dissassembly? i just want her ridable for now

  2. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

  3. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    is there an oil hole on that 3 speed thing ??
    you got nothing at all ??
    may be time for a tear down ??
  4. RMWdave

    RMWdave Member

    there was indeed an oilhole mountain man! and i found a suggestion on blasting it full of WD40 a few times and giving her a good workout. sure enough, all is well. i let all the wd soak out and then i went ahead and put some good old 2 stroke oil inside it lol
  5. roughrider504

    roughrider504 Member

    The thicker the oil, the better. The seals aren't too great. And you only need a tiny bit, or you'll have a mess on your hands. You'll be able to tell by the tick of the pawls if you have enough oil. SA hubs run great with a little maintenance, keep that cable adjusted!
  6. duivendyk

    duivendyk Guest

    These hubs NEED regular lubrication!!(esp for the planetary gears) ,that's what that nipple is for.
  7. smitty

    smitty Guest

    I think Sturmey-Archer recommended a medium weight oil, about 1/4 teaspoon every fortnight, under heavy use. ( I think that is quite a lot. It will run out for a long time if you put in too much.) If the oil is too thick, the pawls will stick. (They will not engage.) Don't ever use 3-in-one oil in Sturmey hubs, because it's part vegetable oil and will become gummy, necessitating a tear down and cleaning. I use lithium grease on the ball bearings and thirty weight in the oil hole ( just a few drops). If it dosn't have an oil hole it is a later version and intended to use grease. The only way to grease it is to open it up. ( see: Sheldon Brown)
  8. RMWdave

    RMWdave Member

    the sturmey i have is a 6's production model aw with an oil hole.

    i have been using a couple ml's of 2 stroke oil. seems to make the right music on a coast through gears.

    (it changes pitch and doesnt skip a click)