Park MTB-7 Rescue Tool Repair

Too-short Stud

Too-short Stud

Goobered Screw Threads

Goobered Screw Threads

Once upon a time I deployed the 6 mm hex wrench on my trusty Park MTB-7 Rescue Tool, applied some torque to a handebar stem bolt, and crunch something broke inside the tool.

[Update: Fixed a dead link; Park evidently reshuffled their website.]

The essential problem is that the studs holding the tools in place are too short: they don’t seat fully into the plastic housing at the far end, because they’re 2 mm too short. The photo showing the stud at an angle gives an idea of the situation I saw when I took the tool apart.

The crunching sound I heard was the screw tearing out as the stud shifted in the housing. The studs seem to be swaged into shape in one operation, but without quite enough material: the threaded end isn’t flat and the internal threads are crap. The photo showing the studs and screws can’t really show how off-center and feeble the internal threads really are, but you can see the junk lodged in the external screw’s threads where it tore out. Note the poor fit between the other stud’s end and its screw: it’s firmly seated against the stud, so that’s how far off square the end is!

Better Screw and Sleeve

Better Screw and Sleeve

The fix was easy enough. I cut some brass tubing to the proper length, trimmed stainless-steel 10-32 screws to fit, and put everything together with red Loctite. The photo showing the all the parts indicates how much longer my sleeves are than the original studs: basically, that’s the thickness of the plastic housing on one side.

But, sheesh, you’d expect a Park tool to be better than that. I sent ’em a note with pictures and maybe they’ll smack the factor who shorted ’em on the Quality bullet item upside the head.

I got to spend some time playing with my toys, so it wasn’t a dead loss.