How to Replace a Trike Wheel

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How to Replace a Trike Wheel
If the wheel on your trike becomes damaged, replace it with a new wheel. (abandoned tricycle image by Carol Wingert from

If your child's tricycle, or trike, ends up with a damaged wheel, you will need to replace it to keep your son or daughter cruising. Replacement wheels can be bought from the manufacturer and can sometimes be found in a toy store. With your replacement wheel in hand, you can remove the damaged wheel with a few tools and install the new wheel to have your little one back on the road in no time.

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Things you need

  • Tricycle
  • Replacement tricycle wheel
  • Socket wrench
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Check the size of the bolt on the rear wheel of your child's tricycle. Depending on the make or model of your trike, you might need a different-size socket wrench. If you can't determine the size of the bolt by looking at it, check the manufacturer's manual for the bolt and corresponding socket wrench size.

  2. 2

    Remove the bolt from the centre of the rear wheel on your child's tricycle using a socket wrench. Hold the rear fastener of the bolt on the inside of the wheel with pliers. Place the wrench around the centre bolt, and turn it counter-clockwise until the bolt unscrews from the rear fastener. Place the bolt and rear fastener aside in a safe location for later use.

  3. 3

    Position the replacement trike wheel with the hole at its centre aligned with the bolt hole on the frame of your tricycle.

  4. 4

    Insert the bolt in the bolt hole in the frame, and push it through the replacement wheel. The head of the bolt will face the frame of the trike. With your hand, screw the fastener onto the back of the bolt.

  5. 5

    Hold the fastener in place with the pliers, and tighten the bolt into place by turning it clockwise with the wrench.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your replacement wheel is the same brand as your tricycle. There are slight variations in wheel size among brands of trikes.
  • Securely tighten the replacement wheel into place. A loose trike wheel can lead to a dangerous accident.

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