A stroller is a must-have for you and your family when you have an infant. With a stroller, it will be easy for you to go out with your little one and have some quality time as a family.
Strollers are great accessories to carry with you when going shopping, jogging, traveling, or just walking around with your baby.
Our extensive experience with strollers shows that you will have to do some proper care and maintenance routine on your stroller for it to last its expected lifespan or even outlive it. There are several parts of the stroller that require often replacement, fixing, and servicing.
Experts suggest that the braking system is one of the major parts that require routine servicing, which is the case with the adjustable recline seats. The canopy might require some easy adjustments, and the baby trays could require some often replacements because they are prone to damages. The same applies to the cup holders.
However, there is one section of the stroller that requires more than just routine maintenance and replacement: the tires. The tires are undoubtedly the most delicate part of a stroller, whichever the type. The stroller tires require an ideal and well-planned inflation routine. The outer tires also require replacement, which depends on the wear and tear pattern.
The inner tires might require replacement or fix in case of a flat, wear and tear, or a burst.
We will take you through the two main issues to expect as far as your stroller wheels are concerned, and how to deal with each:
Replacement of the Inner Tube
Step One: Get the Proper Tools
The first thing that you should do if you own a stroller is to have all the essential rules: it is a cardinal rule. First, ensure that you have a replacement tube, tire pump, two flat edges/head tool most preferably two medium sized head screws, and a safety glass.
Furthermore, you should have a puncture repair kit, a water basin, and a dependable source of water.
Step Two: Remove the Wheel
Once you are done with all the preparations, it is best that you begin by removing the stroller’s wheel. First disengage the parking brakes, which are usually on the stroller’s bottom part.
Once you disengage the parking brake you will be able to open the quick release lever and eventually pull the rear wheels out. In a situation where your stroller has a retention button, open the quick release button and press the retention button while at the same time removing the stroller’s rear wheels.
To remove the front tire, begin by locking the swiveling wheel (if your stroller has one) and then open the quick release lever. Unthread the adjusting nut, which is on the opposite end of the quick release lever and then remove the wheels.
Step Three: Remove the Inner Tube:
- Once you are done with steps one and two, it will be easy for you to remove the tube. Begin by removing the cap that is fit on the inner side of the tube valve stem. Place this aside in a safe location, most preferably inside your toolbox.
- Proceed to deflate the inner tube. This step is achieved by firmly pressing down on the pin that is placed at the center of the valve. Use a flat head tool in this case and ensure that you completely deflate the tube.
- Once you are done with this step, slide the end of the flat edge tool into the small space between the wheel and the tire. Always begin from the side of the wheel edge, but opposite the valve stem.
- Slowly push out and gently separate your stroller’s tire from the wheel, and push it out slowly. You can gain the ideal stabilization by stepping on the wheel axle. Continuously pry against the wheel’s rim using the flat head tools until it finally gives way.
- Insert the second flat head screw close to the first one, maintaining a distance of about four inches between then and repeat the process. Keep doing this until the tire and the wheel separate.
- Finally, separate the two using your hands and pull out the inner tube of the stroller. Be very careful in this step because you might easily cause more damages. Now that your inner tube is out, you can fix in a new one.
Fixing a Puncture
Step One: Inspecting the Tires
- It is advisable, to begin with the interior of the outer tire when checking for a puncture. Be on the lookout for objects that could cause punctures to the inner tube. Remove any foreign object noted including rubber fallings.
- Use a pump to the air fill the removed inner tube. Fill the kitchen sink or a side basin with water and use it to cover the inner tube. Squeeze the inflated inner tube into the filled basin and squeeze it under the water.
- Move the inner tube round to ensure the complete immersion of every area into the water. Be on the lookout for air bubbles as these are an indication of a puncture.
Use a pen/marker to mark all the punctured areas.
- Once you are done with the testing, dry the inner tube and get your repair kit. The best repair kit should contain a metal scuffer, tire levers, and glue-less patches.
Step Two: Fixing the Puncture
- Take out the metal scuffer and cover the entire area surrounding the puncture. Ensure that the area is well scuffed and completely dry. Add the patch sticker and stick it tightly on the spot. Use a scraper to guarantee that it sticks firmly.
- Once done with this step, the puncture should no longer exist.
- Re-inflate the tire and repeat step one to ensure that there are no more air leaks.
- Finally, fix the tire back to the stroller’s wheel.
Step Three: Re-install the Wheel on the Stroller
Once you achieve proper inflation of the stroller wheels, it is best that you get it back to the stroller immediately. Ensure the engagement of the quick release lever once you finish fixing the rear wheel.
It is important that you get the advice of qualified professionals when it comes to the maintenance and servicing needs of your stroller. The proper people will offer you the best advice and tips that will guide you especially when it comes to tire replacement.