How to Change a Luggage Wheel

Updated February 21, 2017

Luggage wheels are as diverse in size and assembly design as the pieces of luggage that they help you to pull everywhere. Wheels may attach to luggage via simple-to-remove securing hardware, such as screws or bolts. Others may attach with rivets or other permanent hardware that make it necessary to seek professional removal and replacement. Depending on the style that you have, changing a wheel may require that you remove only the wheel, the entire wheel assembly or that you take the luggage to a manufacturer-approved repair shop.

Pry off or unlock and remove the wheel hubcap, if applicable, to expose the screw or bolt.

Unscrew the securing hardware with a screwdriver, hex key or wrench. Set the hardware aside.

Pull the wheel from the axle. Set it aside for disposal.

Slide the new wheel onto the axle, and tap it in place with a rubber mallet, if necessary. Secure the wheel with the hardware.

Remove the multiple screws or bolts that hold the wheel assembly in place. Set the screws or bolts aside. If the wheel rests inside a wheel housing, insert the assembly inside of the wheel assembly, remove only the screws or bolts that hold the insert in place.

Set the assembly aside for disposal. If you're dealing with a wheel housing insert assembly, remove it from the wheel assembly, turn it on its side and push the tip of a slotted screwdriver against the end of the axle to push the axle out of the insert on the other side to release the wheel. Set the wheel aside.

Align the holes on the new assembly with the holes on the luggage, and then secure in place with the hardware. If dealing with an insert, place the wheel in the insert with the centre hole on the wheel aligned with the holes on either side of the insert, push the axle through the holes, and then screw the assembled insert and wheel back into place in the wheel assembly.


If you're dealing with permanent securing hardware, contact the luggage manufacturer and ask for assistance with locating a repair shop authorised to replace the wheels for your specific brand of luggage. You can permanently damage the axle, wheel assembly or luggage if you attempt to change the wheels on this type of design on your own. Additionally, contact the manufacturer to determine if the wheel is covered under any kind of warranty.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver set
  • Hex key set (optional)
  • Wrench set (optional)
  • Rubber mallet (optional)
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About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.