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Repairing a Lopsided Luggage Wheel


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October 4, 2017

Repairing a Lopsided Luggage Wheel - broken wheel on suitcaseMy husband and I were browsing around for luggage for our holiday, but we were on a severe budget. We came across a free piece of luggage! The issue was it had a wheel with a huge chunk taken out of it, so when you'd pull it, it would bounce up and down and make a thunking sound. Annoying! But not annoying enough for us to let it go to waste. Here's how to fix a lopsided rubber or plastic wheel using a product called Plast-aid.

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Total Time: 30 minutes

Link: Plast-aid site

Supplies:

Repairing a Lopsided Luggage Wheel - package of Plast-aid
 

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Steps:

  1. Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area. Sand lopsided area of the wheel down a bit and dust off. Mix the Plast-aid components together until they have the consistency of thick cream. Apply and form to shape of the wheel. Keep molding, you'll notice it will keep getting harder. Let dry at least 15 minutes.
  2. Repairing a Lopsided Luggage Wheel - sand wheel, mix product and then mold to shape and allow to dry
     
  3. Take the sander again and get rid of all the rigid Plast-aid edges until a smooth wheel forms.
  4. Repairing a Lopsided Luggage Wheel - sand to shape
     
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  5. Push the wheel around to make sure there are no thumps. If there are, mark its thumping point and sand it down a bit more.
  6. Repairing a Lopsided Luggage Wheel - roll wheel to check for bumps and sand as necessary
     
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