You may be tempted to throw away your luggage once one of the wheels come off. Quite frankly, that alters the balance of the luggage and could make it impossible to use it in the way it has been intended.
However, a quick and straightforward fix could be all you need, rather than having to buy a new suitcase.
Given the presence of replacement luggage wheels on today’s market, this is a more cost-effective approach.
Below you can find a list of detailed steps on how to replace damaged or broken luggage wheels.
Clean the Old Wheel
If a wheel has just stopped working but it’s not broken, we recommend cleaning it out before trying to make a replacement. Once you clean the old wheel and the area all around it (for broken wheels), you will be able to decide if you should go on with the rest of the instructions or not. Sometimes, you don’t even need to change the wheel since it has just gotten stuck from debris and other materials got trapped within it.
Once you clean the old wheel and the area all around it (for broken wheels), you will be able to decide if you should go on with the rest of the instructions or not.
Know Your Wheels
Luggage wheels are not all the same. They come in different shapes and sizes and perform diverse functions. Once you complete this step, test the luggage to see if it is balanced with the other wheels. Also, check that the new wheel is not wobbly in any way. If that is the case, unscrew and change the new wheel replacement.
Some of these wheels are in-line while others are spinner wheels.
You should also check the fastening style of your luggage wheels – either riveted or screwed. Since they are attached differently, you want to make sure you are getting only the right wheels.
Prepare Your Replacement Wheels
When getting replacement wheels, they should come from a trusted manufacturer and be made with durable materials. We usually recommend getting the same brand as the old one, but these are typically hard to come by, and you don’t want to run the risk of buying a fake pair.
There are generous offers on the market that you can always consider for great replacements. One of our recommended picks is the Sunsen Corner Wheel 8001, which is made of rubber for the longevity of use and broad application over a vast range of surfaces.
Replace the Wheel
Once you have the right replacement wheel, unscrew the old wheel with a screwdriver. If the old wheel had broken off, you would still need to remove the screws fastening the stub in place so you can fit the new one in that position.
There should be a small metal clip securing the wheel to the luggage in sight now. Push that out totally so that space becomes free for the new wheel. Put in the new wheel, testing how secure it is before screwing it down into place.
Once you complete this step, test the luggage to see if it is balanced with the other wheels. Also, check that the new wheel is not wobbly in any way. If that is the case, unscrew and change the new wheel replacement.
With that done, you are good to go and your suitcase will be as good as it was when you first bought it.