I inherited this pushchair and have found that the front 'swivel' wheels frequenlty get stuck and do not swival smoothly at all. Could this just be a matter of needing a spray of oil? Is there anything I can do to salvage this pushchair which is in otherwise excellent condition?
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We have had exactly the same problem. We took the pram back to where we purchased it from and got the pram fully serviced, the back tyres were changed for a better quality all terrain one, and the front tyres were also changed with new bearings fitted. It works as good as new now, however I still think this is only a temporary solution... Interestingly we have only used the pram (from new) for just four months before the tyres completely deteriorated and we found the manoeuvrability a major problem.
We have this problem with our powertwin when my toddler is not riding in the front and I only have the baby in the carseat at the back. There is not enough weight at the front to keep the front wheel firm on the ground. I solve the problem by switching the front wheel from swivel mode into locked mode whenever I only have the baby in the pushchair. But I switch it back as soon as my toddler gets in the front since its impossible to navigate with a fixed front wheel when the pushchair is fully loaded.
I have the same problem on both front wheels of a Graco pushchair I inherited. I took the wheel assembly off and had a friend weld steel washers onto the end of the frame and then I pushed the barbed plastic pivot in. It worked for a bit but damage to the plastic barb causes the wheel assembly to fall off without much encouragement. Now looking for Plan B. It may involve more welding and modifications. Not sure what Graco parts cost but would imaging getting them to South Africa where I live would be prohibitively expensive. – MH
www.buggypitstop.co.uk will be able to help you they are the only company that services prams and pushchairs and they will be able to help you with your phil n ted. You can turn the knob 45 degress and that should sort out your problem.
There is a company called Buggy Pit stop which valets as well as repairs pushchairs. I used them when i gave my old dusty broken pushchair to my sister. I had it repaired and valetted by them. They did a great job and they were not that expensive either.Hope this helps. Their number is 020 8861 0038.
First remove the front wheel assembly from the pushchair by pressing in the two buttons on the sides and pulling it out.
Now look more closely at the assembly - on one side, just where it bends at an angle you will find a small hole, a couple of millimetres across. Take a small screwdriver or some other thin object and push it into the hole a little way, which presses a metal catch inwards, releasing the swivel assembly. While continuing to push this in pull the swivel assembly apart - grasp the wheels in one hand and the L-shaped plastic housing in the other and pull them apart.
Now clean all the surfaces with a piece of strong cloth.
When all the surfaces are very clean, take a can of TEFLON SPRAY and spray it onto all surfaces that rub against each other, before reassembling the wheel unit. Silicon grease is a cheaper alternative, but the teflon spray is supposed to be the best for lubricating all moving parts on the Buzz. Whatever you do, don't use WD40.
replacement parts LINK: http://www.gracobaby.com/store/order/default.asp?N=10418+10413+10421&Ne=11
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