How to Change a Wheelbarrow Axle

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How to Change a Wheelbarrow Axle
A wheelbarrow has one or two front wheels, depending on the model. (Thomas Northcut/Lifesize/Getty Images)

A wheelbarrow is a garden tool used to transport items such as mulch, rocks or dirt around your yard. Wheelbarrows typically have a bucket on top, one or two front wheels and two support legs on the back that support the weight of the wheelbarrow when it is not in use. To move the wheelbarrow, simply lift the support legs off the ground using the two handles and push the cart to your desired location. After regular use, the axle supporting the wheels may become bent or will develop rust. If the axle is unable to be repaired, it must be replaced.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • 2 adjustable wrenches

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the wheelbarrow upside down so it rests on the bucket.

  2. 2

    Remove the wheel caps using your fingers or a flathead screwdriver if necessary. Most wheelbarrows with two wheels have wheel caps covering the axle bolts.

  3. 3

    Place an adjustable wrench on the bolt on one side of the axle to hold the axle steady and then loosen the bolt on the other side using the adjustable wrench.

  4. 4

    Hold the wheel with one hand and then pull the axle out of the wheelbarrow.

  5. 5

    Insert the new axle into the axle brackets and through the wheel or wheels.

  6. 6

    Secure the axle bolt using both adjustable wrenches.

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