How to replace radio flyer wagon wheels

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How to replace radio flyer wagon wheels
Radio Flyer Wagon (little boy in wagon image by sonya etchison from Fotolia.com)

Radio Flyer has been making sturdy metal toy wagons since the early 1900s. Radio Flyer not only manufactures the original red wagon but a variety of toys including tricycles, scooters, hobby horses and other riding toys. The Radio Flyer wagon is made with sturdy steel wheels with real rubber treads, but after a few years of hard play you may need to replace your wagon's wheels to restore it to its former glory.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Blanket
  • Flat blade screwdriver
  • 4 wagon wheels
  • 4 wheel nuts (if needed)
  • Hammer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the wagon upside down on a sturdy work area. Use a blanket or a towel to protect the wagon's finish from being scratched, if desired.

  2. 2

    Pry the wheel-holding nuts off the wheel hubs with a flat blade screwdriver and set them aside.

  3. 3

    Pull the wheels off the wheel hubs and discard them or save them as spares.

  4. 4

    Push the new wheels onto the wheel hubs until they are fully seated.

  5. 5

    Push the wheel nuts back onto the wheel hubs by hand. Tap the nuts into place with a hammer until the leading edge of the nut is almost against the wheel centre.

  6. 6

    Make sure the wheel nuts are not loose by testing their tightness by hand. Remove and replace wheel nuts that are loose.

  7. 7

    Turn the wagon back over onto its wheels.

Tips and warnings

  • Replacement parts for your wagon are available directly from Radio Flyer. Part numbers are available in your owner's manual.
  • If your original wheel nuts will not stay on the wheel hubs tightly, get a replacement set of wheel nuts. Your wagon wheels could come off while in use if the wheel nuts are not tight.
  • Avoid playing with your wagon around steep hills, sloped driveways, steps or swimming pools. Do not use your wagon in the street or near motor vehicles.

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