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Can you dismantle the bugaboo frame and pivot block, the lock seems to have failed on mine and I want to take it apart?

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  • saramchang Aug 18, 2008

    I'm having the same problem with the lock not working.  I've had the stroller for 2 years.  Can I dismantel and fix it myself?



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The main pivot mechanism is not designed to lock in the open position unless there is a bassinet or seat attached. Could this be the issue?

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