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How to replace the wheels on luggage

Updated February 21, 2017

When the wheels on your luggage break, it is not necessary to buy new luggage. You can replace the wheels in many models. This is simple to do and will save you money. However, not all suitcases have wheels that can be replaced by the owner, and some will have to be taken to a repair shop to be fixed.

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  1. Remove the old wheels on your luggage. Depending on your type of luggage, you may have to use a screw driver to take them off. Others are attached by rivets and these will have to be pulled out.

  2. Take the old wheels with you before you purchase the new wheels. Time can be saved if the correct wheel size is purchased. If buying online, measure the wheels and make sure they are the same size and type as those you are replacing.

  3. Place the new wheels into your luggage.

  4. Tighten the new wheels. If they were screwed into place, be sure not to tighten too much or you risk breaking the new wheel. If they were attached via rivets, use the same kind of attention and watch to make sure you do not damage anything.

  5. Test out your new wheels. Make sure they are not wobbly or on crooked, as this could affect the way your luggage moves.

  6. Tip

    Some pieces of luggage are not built to have the luggage wheels replaced. If your suitcase or luggage does have detachable wheels, take along these old wheels when you buy new ones. The best place to visit for new wheels is a travel/luggage shop. Luggage is often thrown around when traveling, so it is important your wheels are properly attached.


    Some luggage wheels cannot be replaced. Call your manufacturer if you have problems.

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • New wheels

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