How do you remove and install Athearn flywheels?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by mikebalcos, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. mikebalcos

    mikebalcos Member

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    How do you remove and install Athearn flywheels? I don't have a single clue. :(
  2. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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    I just gently pry them loose with a flat tip screwdriver. This must be done carefully since the ends of the motor can be easily damaged. As for installing flywheels, superglue gel works wonders.
  3. mikebalcos

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    Thanks for the info. :) I never knew that some brute force is necessary. It makes me wish that Athearn somehow made it easier. hehe.
  4. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    regular superglue may not be the best choice. It doesn't hold up well to torque. A-Line / Proto Power West sells special glue for flywheels that is cheap, and works. I used it when repowering my E60 dummies, and so far they have not broken yet.
  5. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    I bought a wheel puller from GS Tools I am very sure it would work great for that.
  6. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    you don't need a wheel puller to remove flywheels. Simply twist the fly wheels in opposite directions simultaneously. this will break the bond that the flywheel is glued with on the shaft. they should simply slide off with little effort.