I successfully fixed this issue today on a 2008 dash
stroller. first remove the handle, you will need to drill out the two rivets
with a 1/4" drill bit, but don't go too far, don't drill out the
plastic on the handle piece. unscrew the four brake cable clips. unscrew the
two screws securing the grey release clips. Prop stroller on the handle bar side
(put padding underneath so you don't mess up your work surface) and the rear
wheels. now get two small bladed screw drivers, you can gradually pry down the internal
plastic locking wedge on either side till it releases the front wheel section
which folds down. (on the left side which is likely functioning, you can just
pull the plastic circular piece down with your fingers, as the internal wire is
Now grab some vise grips, lock onto the locking wedge and
remove the whole mechanism, also remove the foam inside with a screw driver
(this likely is what was supposed to keep the tension wire in place). Take the
locking wedge mechanism apart. ( you will need to push the steel pin out with a
small screw, it does not take a lot of force) Get a small nylon zip tie and
secure it around the shaft on the tension wire connecting end of the locking
wedge. (this will keep it from ever falling out(pulling through) again. This
part (the locking wedges) should have been made out of aluminum or stainless
steel and the issue would never occur. You will need to trim the catch end of
the zip tie and make sure that it can slide freely inside of the plastic
sleeve. now slide off the nylon zip tie and set it aside along with the spring.
Take the circular plastic piece (the 4" part inside
that is near the handle piece with slots in it) slide in the tension cable.
Slide the other end of the tension cable into the frame from the handle bar
side till you can reach the end from the front wheel side. Now slide on the tubular
plastic wedge housing and lock it in place to the frame (the detente underneath
the frame lines up with the bump on the tubular sleeve), then the spring, then
the small nylon zip tie, then the release wedge. Secure the zip tie onto the
release wedge shaft and aim the head of the zip tie down so it can slide
freely. Put some Vaseline or white lithium grease on the release wedge so it
slides well. If the release wedge binds up you will need trim the zip tie head
a bit more so it fits.
Next take the removed riveted posts and drill them out with
a sharp 1/8" drill bit about 3/8" deep. (Use vise grips to hold onto
these guys, as they will get hot, and make sure to use some oil while you drill
to keep things cooler. Slide down the plastic circularly plastic pieces (you
may need small screw driver to manipulate them down) so you can re-attach the
two grey release mechanism brackets.
Re-insert the two formerly riveted brackets through the
frame which will locate the handlebar properly. Get two small 1/4" sheet
metal screws. Put the black washer back on, apply firm pressure and screw in
the 1/4" sheet metal screws into the drilled out posts with a drill.
Re-attach the seat and you are good as new.
Note: The instructions may seem a little tricky, but you can