How to Unlock the Wheels on a Stroller

Read this article for instructions on how to unlock the wheels on a stroller! Strollers are a great way to transport children, and as such, they need to be durable. When it comes time for your child to grow up, you may find that the wheels on the stroller are locked and won’t budge. Did you know there’s an easy fix? 

 

How to Unlock the Wheels on a Stroller

Steps on Unlocking the Wheels on a Stroller

Step 1. Pull the lever that operates the lock to unlock it. Unless your stroller has a locking mechanism on both wheels, you’ll need to do this for each wheel separately.

If one of the wheels doesn’t budge, try pulling up and out further until it clicks into place. For some models, you may need to pull upwards first before pushing inwards towards the other side of the wheel. This can be done with either hand and is a gentle but firm push designed to release tension from inside so that you can rotate it back again more easily. It might take some trial and error!

Step 2. Fit all four prongs securely into their slots at right angles by lining them up carefully and pressing down until they click. That’s it! You’re now ready to go for a stroll!

 

How to fix Sticky Stroller Wheels

A stroller is usually covered in sand and other dirt from being outside, so it’s not always easy to tell when one of the wheels has started sticking. 

If your child starts pulling more than usual or you notice that their feet are dragging on the pavement as if they’re going uphill, then your wheel might be getting stuck!   Here at Stokke, we have a few tips for how to fix this problem fast:

Step 1. Try spraying some WD40 onto the area where there’s resistance. This will work wonders because WD40 lubricates metal parts which result in smoother operation and less friction with any surface the wheels touch. Don’t worry about using too much – just keep applying until it makes contact  

Step 2. Check for any debris or anything that might be catching on the wheels and remove it. If you’re still having trouble, hold onto one of the handles while pulling outwards with your other hand. This should dislodge whatever is binding up the wheel

Step 3. Locate a flat area to lay down an old towel so when you have to push (or worse yet pull) the stroller again, there will be less friction as well as more traction

Step 4, Try pushing in reverse – this can work if one side of the tires are spinning but not going forwards anymore because they may just need some help from gravity!   Remember: always try looking at what’s underneath before moving ahead too much in your troubleshooting

Step 5. If you have an older stroller, it may also be the wheel bearings that need to be adjusted   You can do this by loosening the two screws on either side of the wheel and turning them in opposite directions   The tightening/loosening is a small amount – about one full turn should do!

 

How do you Clean Stroller Wheels?     

If you have access to a power washer, this is the best way to remove any dirt and grime that has built up on your stroller wheels   You can also use soap and water as an alternative if you don’t have access or time for a power wash.

If your child’s shoes are dragging in mud or other surface debris, it will accumulate around the wheel spokes – so be sure to check these areas when cleaning!

Do not forget about those all-important rubber tips at either end of the strollers which prevent damage to your flooring! Keep them clean by giving them some attention with some warm soapy water now and then.

 

How to Grease a Stroller Wheel 

Lubricating the wheel bearings is also a good idea if you are dealing with an older stroller. You can do this by applying some grease around them and then work it in to make sure that they slide freely again!

The key thing here is not to overdo it – just apply enough for what’s needed, otherwise things will get messy and greasy!

Step 1. Apply the grease evenly on both sides of the bearing so that there isn’t any build-up or clogging mentioned above   It should be applied from one side all the way across to another without any gaps as these may cause additional friction when turning later on down the line.

For best results: use a small brush, like an old makeup brush

Step 2. Work the grease in thoroughly   A good way to do this is by turning the wheel back and forth while simultaneously applying gentle pressure

The idea here is that you are not only greasing it up but also loosening things up at the same time  * Allowing for the easier future movement of those wheels so they don’t stick or get clogged. To clean off any excess afterwards, use a dry rag or towel

If there are still some streaks left around the bearing then try using rubbing alcohol – either with cloth or cotton ball as this will help remove those pesky marks!

 

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