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OK, I give, what's the secret to getting the dust caps off the front wheels of a MF 12? I have tapped, pried, beat and used a slide hammer and they have not budged. I want to inspect/lube the wheel bearings but have had no luck getting the dust caps off.

From a previous post, I was looking for a drive pulley, a PTO shaft and a PTO gearbox. Thanks to mikebramel for a drive pulley on the way and cubcadet107 for the PTO stuff and a roto tiller.
 

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I've managed to get them all off using waterpump pliers, and a rag wrapped around the cap to minimize
the damage from the plier's teeth.
A couple where a real PITA, but in the end, I found that giving it a quarter turn or so, and trying up and
down wiggling with the pliers worked. Eventually there has to be a sweet spot. Hopefully.
No other secrets I've ever heard of.
 

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A good chunk of rubber hose (like a car engine radiator hose) and water pump pliers might be your best bet. (just wash the hose inside with a paint thinner to get it nice and clean.)
 

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Bicycle part Gas Auto part Nickel Paint

I tried the "waterpump" pliers, eventually without protection around the cap. First set of Channel Lock pliers broke, second set was successful. That booger was really on there!
 

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WOW! i've never seen channel lock pliers break like that. good thing they have a life time warrantee!
 

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I have never had one that tight before. I can usually just get them off by hand most of the time.
 

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philips100 said:
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I tried the "waterpump" pliers, eventually without protection around the cap. First set of Channel Lock pliers broke, second set was successful. That booger was really on there!
Glad you got it.
Only time I ever see pliers break like that (Channel locks are made here in Meadville, Crawford County) is when they double as a hammer. This seems to put hair line cracks in the channels that break down the road. I would say thats what killed my first set.

And as for warranty, yup... Guaranteed forever. USA made quality stuff.
 

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Good to hear you got them off , remind me if we ever meet not to shake your hand
First set of Channel Lock pliers broke,
you must have some grip !
 

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Glad you got it, but boy was it on there. Hope those pliers were guaranteed.
 

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I looked over the pliers, particularly the backside of the upper jaws and see where it has been used as a hammer in the past. So, it was not my incredible grip that broke the pliers, just misuse.
 
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