This article will provide detailed instructions on How to fix a squeaky wheel on an umbrella stroller and get back out of the park without that annoying sound!
Do you have a squeaky wheel on your umbrella stroller? It can be frustrating to constantly hear the squeak, especially if you’re trying to keep an eye on your child. Luckily, fixing the squeaky wheel is fairly simple.
Steps on Fixing a Squeaky Wheel on an Umbrella Stroller
Step 1. Remove the wheel from stroller
Step 2. Spray lubricant onto the axle where it meets the wheel
Step 3. Place a small amount of lithium grease or graphite on the inside treads, then replace the wheel and tighten with an Allen wrench.
Why do stroller wheels squeak?
The most common reason for a squeaky wheel is that the axle isn’t in good contact with the wheel. Sometimes, as you push or walk your stroller, the wheels can get out of alignment and start rubbing against each other instead of rolling smoothly. This causes friction which leads to more wear on both parts and eventually makes them so rough they begin to squeak.
How do you Unlock the Wheels on a Stroller?
Unlocking the wheels on your stroller is a simple process that can save you time and frustration.
The most common type of wheel lock for an umbrella stroller is found near the front axle, at the base of where it connects with the frame. To unlock these types of locks use a small wrench or screwdriver to turn them counterclockwise until they are completely free.
Sometimes there will be one major bolt holding in place both axles; if this happens, simply loosen it by turning it clockwise then remove both bolts before continuing to work on unlocking each axle as described above.
Once unlocked, you should have access to all four wheels which can now spin freely without any interference from their locks.
What Does “Squeak” Mean?
A squeaky wheel is more than just noise; it’s an indication that something isn’t working right in your stroller. Luckily, many of the most common causes are easy to fix on your own without any additional help from others. Some can be done as quickly and easily as tightening a bolt or popping off one part for access to another.
As you’re reading this article, check out all the different types of noises that might indicate a problem with your umbrella stroller so that if anything does get loud, you’ll know what needs to be fixed!
Is there anything else I should do after fixing my wheels?
Yes! After you fix the squeaky wheel, make sure to tighten any other loose nuts or bolts. This can help prevent a lot of problems in the future.
Why does the front wheel of my jogging stroller shake?
This is a symptom of worn-out bearings. If the front wheel shakes when you push it, your bearing may need to be replaced.
This can be done by removing the two screws that hold one side of the axle in place and then popping off the hub cap with a flat head screwdriver so you can access both sides of each bearing for removal. You’ll have to press on this new part as well, and tighten everything back up before putting all parts back together again!
The key here is always prevention – don’t forget to check tight bolts or nuts at least once every six months if possible; most squeaky stroller wheels are caused by loose pieces (that’s just how they work).
How do you Lubricate a Stroller Wheel?
The easiest way to do this is with a silicone spray.
What are Some Clips That may Come off?
The axle clip – This clip holds one side of the axle in place on each wheel. If you can’t get your stroller rolling smoothly again after lubricating it, then there might be something wrong with this part (and will need replacing).
To fix it: Remove screws from both sides of each bearing and pop the hub cap off so you have access to parts for removal/replacement. Replace bearings by pressing firmly onto the new piece before reassembling everything. You’ll also want to tighten up all the bolts beforehand so it doesn’t happen again.
The wheel lock nut – This is the cap at the end of each axle that prevents it from spinning, and can get loose over time or with use. If you notice your wheels are not rolling smoothly anymore after lubricating them, then this might be why (and will need replacing).
How to fix: Push hubcap back on so you have access to all bolts securing outer bearing together; unscrew bolts until they’re out through slots in both sides of the centre bearing, remove old bearings by pressing firmly onto new pieces before reassembling everything. Tighten up all parts beforehand using pliers
Spokes – These may come off if too much pressure pushes down on one side more than another while pushing the stroller. These can be snapped back on with the fingers
Outer bearings – Should always come as a set and will need to be replaced if either side is worn down or broken
Side caps for wheel axles – Will keep outer bearings in place; take off so you can get at the axle, then put them back on before reassembling everything