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Old 08-11-2014, 07:12 PM   #1
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Broken sleeve on stabilizer crank

My 2013 Flying Cloud has BAL stabilizers, with hex ends on them for cranking. A speed wrench was provided for working the stabilizers. The crank has two sleeves on it, one at the end and one at the middle.

Now, the outer sleeve has come off. There appears to have been some kind of retaining pin or ball or something that kept the sleeve in place for the first year.

I can slide the sleeve back on the end of the wrench, but it jams easily. Is there any way to repair this wrench so the sleeve stays put?
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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My crank "failed" within a few weeks of use. However, I felt that the basic concept was useful and hesitated pitching it for some as of yet undetermined replacement. So, I went to Ace Hardware and I replaced the screw that was supposed to hold it together with a cotter pin and now the crank works perfectly and seems "bullet proof." I have a couple pf extra cotter pins as spares.

Please see the attached pictures.
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:52 PM   #3
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oops, pictures did not get uploaded the first time

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Old 08-11-2014, 07:53 PM   #4
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I use a cross wrench for removing lug bolts. It work faster than the crank. You can spin it and it is almost as fast as a drill.

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I hope my solution and pictures address your issue. It was not entirely clear from your original post that this was your problem so I made an assumption.

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Old 08-11-2014, 07:56 PM   #6
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I use a cross wrench for removing lug bolts. It work faster than the crank. You can spin it and it is almost as fast as a drill.

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A cross wrench works too but would not fit in my bumper storage locker so that's why I went "the extra mile" to find a solution to repair the wrench provided with the unit.
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Old 08-11-2014, 08:08 PM   #7
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It's my impression the OP is talking about the parts of the wrench where your hands grip the wrench. I'd have to get mine out and take a closer look.
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It's my impression the OP is talking about the parts of the wrench where your hands grip the wrench. I'd have to get mine out and take a closer look.
I wondered about that very thing as I was trying (so many times!) to get my post to work. I guess we need some further clarification from the OP. If he is talking about the plastic sleeve on the non-business end of the wrench, it does not move or rotate on my particular unit so its loss would be no big deal. If he is talking about the middle plastic sleeve which does rotate, that might be an issue although it seems to me that the wrench would still be functional if you didn't grip it tightly at that point (i.e., just let it spin in your hand.)

OP, what say you?
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Broken sleeve on stabilizer crank

Does your picture show the wrench end of things?

I reread his post and he does say the outer sleeve...
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you can get a new/better one from someplace that sells tools. they also make folding cross lug wrenches. just be careful to not overtighten the stabilizers.
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Does your picture show the wrench end of things?

I reread his post and he does say the outer sleeve...
My pictures do show the "socket end." If he has issues with the plastic sleeves meant to be held by the user's hands, I would think that he could just ignore that and use the wrench as it is, or get a new one at an auto supply house.
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Broken sleeve on stabilizer crank

I'm with you. When my wife tears her wrench up that's what we'll do.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:38 PM   #13
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I bought a socket that fits (3/4" IIRC) and chuck it into a cordless drill with an extension that has the female end sawn off.
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Clarification

Sorry I was not clear enough. The wrench is with the trailer in storage, I should be able to get a picture tomorrow.

The wrench that was provided with my trailer is one piece of metal, with two additional cylindrical pieces of metal on it. Those cylinders are where you hold it when you operate the wrench. In my original post, I called those cylinders "sleeves".

It works OK if I leave the end sleeve off, but if I don't have my gloves on, my hand gets filthy.
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