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When the handlebars are turned, the wheel does not turn with them. Kettrike Air Navigator tricycle

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  • It sounds like the quill insert is loose. The handle bar connects to the stem, the stem connects to the quill, the quill connects to the steerer tube.
  • while sitting on the bike, tighten the quill adjustment bolt a half turn at a time until the handlebars turn instantly with the front wheel.

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1. If your handlebars are turning right turn the front end all the way to the right making contact with the fork stop. Find the 10:00 o'clock position on the front wheel and give it a good swift kick with your foot, put the front wheel in a straight-forward position and eyeball the orientation of the handlebar. Usually, it only takes one or two kicks to get everything back to normal. If you overshoot, no big scare, just turn the front end all the way to the left fork stop and find the 2:00 o'clock position and give it a soft kick.
2. If your handlebars are turning left turn the front end all the way to the left fork stop. Find the 2:00 o'clock position on the front wheel and give it a good swift kick with your foot, put the front wheel in a straight-forward position and eyeball the orientation of the handlebar. Usually, it only takes one or two kicks to get everything back to normal. If you overshoot, no big scare, just turn the front end all the way to the right fork stop and find the 10:00 o'clock position and give it a soft kick.
Continue the process until you are comfortable with the alignment. It's always a good idea to retorque any accessible handlebar riser bolts as well as the upper and lower fork clamps to proper book specs.
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