Sturmey-Archer S3C hub- 1st gear won't engage

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Robert Perkins, Mar 26, 2003.

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  1. Hi All,

    I bought a used Sturmey Archer S3C 3-speed coaster brake hub. I overhauled it according to the
    directions I found at http://www.toehead.demon.co.uk/s3c.htm.

    It will engage in 3rd and 2nd gears. It will not engage in 1st gear. Does someone know what part of
    the hub (gear ring assy, driver assy, planet cage assy, etc) I need to look at to fix the problem? I
    already disassembled and reassembled twice.

    Also, does anyone know if I can use parts from an AW hub in the S3C hub, either replacing just the
    gears or replacing all the guts (just using the S3C shell, but with a AW mechanism inside).

    Is "triflow" an acceptable lubricant for S-A hubs?

    Thanks, Rob
     
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  2. Robert Perkins wrote:
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    > I bought a used Sturmey Archer S3C 3-speed coaster brake hub. I overhauled it according to the
    > directions I found at http://www.toehead.demon.co.uk/s3c.htm.
    >
    > It will engage in 3rd and 2nd gears. It will not engage in 1st gear. Does someone know what part
    > of the hub (gear ring assy, driver assy, planet cage assy, etc) I need to look at to fix the
    > problem? I already disassembled and reassembled twice.

    Make sure the low-gear pawls are installed in the correct direction.

    > Also, does anyone know if I can use parts from an AW hub in the S3C hub, either replacing just the
    > gears or replacing all the guts (just using the S3C shell, but with a AW mechanism inside).

    Some parts are interchangeable, but not many. You can't use the AW guts in the S3C shell.

    The S3C, like all Sturmey-Archer _coaster-brake_ 3-speeds has a very poor reliability record.

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