How Can I Stop My Stroller Wheels From Squeaking? You Should Know This!
During its lifetime, it is possible that your stroller has been to almost all the destinations you have been. Strollers, especially the all terrains options can be found anywhere from the beach, restaurants, shopping malls to pharmacies.
In this period, they take quite a beating. A rough terrain, spilled drinks and snacks, worn out wheels, tattered canopies or torn seats, strollers see it all. Fortunately, most of these issues can be repaired at home. You neither have to buy a new stroller nor take it for professional repair.
One of the most common stroller problems is squeaky wheels. While the stroller remains able to be pushed, the noise from the wheels makes for an uncomfortable pushing for you and the baby. But how can I stop my stroller wheels from squeaking? Let us find out together.
At this point, many questions run through your mind as you start to question whether it would stop working soon or if the wheels could be jammed. However, this stroller problem is one you should not worry about as it requires the simplest of fixes.
What Causes a Stroller to Produce Squeaky Noise?
The irritating squeaks are caused by some reasons which are quite easy to deal with. The noise in most cases is an indication of something that is amiss about the stroller. Therefore, the first step in fixing the underlying issue starts with you understanding the probable causes.
If you are experiencing squeaky or squirmy wheels, then it is most probably due to loose wheels. If you frequent rough terrains or pavements with bumps and potholes, then hitting these regularly jars the bolts and lugs holding the stroller wheels in place.
As a result, awkward friction is created between the tire and the wheel hub and slot. This cause is the same as that experienced in cars that often hit bumps and potholes during rides. For this cause, a specific repair procedure is needed.
In case there is slippage or lateral movement between the wheels and the stroller frame, then noise might emanate from the friction forces. It worsens when the stroller is under any slight load.
Near Flat Tires
For those with pneumatic wheels on their strollers (especially joggers), then the cause of the squirms could be limited air inside the tires. For this cause, the squeaking magnifies as you make sharp turns during stroller rides.
Also, the level of noise produced increases when strolling in inclement weather as the stroller loses traction. Each stroller with tires have specific pressure limits below which riding on one becomes non-ideal for safe usage.
Another culprit for jogging strollers is broken wheel spokes. At times, it could be that some of the spokes are loose, hence the noise from the wheels. As the wheels rotate, the loose spokes rub against one another or against the wheel housing. Also, as the spokes flex, some amount of noise is produced.
Uneven Wear in the Tire Treads
Owners of strollers with plastic caster wheels are less likely to have this issue. After a period of heavy usage, the treads on the wheels begin to wear off from the surface of the tires. Therefore, the wheels develop a poor grip of the road hence making braking difficult. This results in the squeaks.
Faulty Brake Pads
Faulty brake pads are another possible reason for the noises you hear from your stroller wheels especially when braking. A combination of brake pads and unevenness in the bearings may result in vibrations that output the noise.
Even old age has its toll on strollers if you have had it for as long as you can remember. Within this period, the wheels gather gravel, sand, dirt, and gravel between the bearing and frame. The result is reduced wheel rotation and possible noises.
Frequent stroller maintenance neglect is an often cause of this error. As you know, you have to regularly lubricate the wheels from time to time to prevent wheel squeaks from old aged strollers. This type of squirm is easy to fix using basic stroller maintenance procedures and doesn’t require you to dispose of the stroller.
How to Stop Your Stroller Wheel Squeaks?
Stopping the squeaking depends on what the causes are and the specific part of the wheel the noise is coming from. To do this, have someone else push the stroller as you lean in towards the wheels and listen to where the sound is coming from.
After locating the suspect wheel(s), then it becomes easy to solve the problem. If it is due to years of use, then the debris collected over time should be visible. A loose wheel will also be wobbly when the stroller is being pushed around.
What You Need
- Teflon Spray
- User manual
- Spare wheels
- Wiping cloth
- Compressed air
Step by Step Procedure
Refer to the manual
First of all, you need to be sure of what you are doing when attempting to fix squeaky wheels. The manual is the best way of being versed with this process. If you don’t have the manual, then you can download one from the manufacturer's website.
Most of the time, you can read a copy online. The manual has all the illustrations of the wheel and stroller frame joint as well as the screw specifications.
Remove the wheel(s)
If you have identified the source of the squeaking to be a single wheel, then you may want to remove that specific one. However, a better maintenance routine would be to remove all the wheels, work on them then return or replace the wheels.
As you unscrew the wheel out of place, take care not to damage the stroller frame. Follow the procedure provided on the manual.
Wipe the Wheel Slots
Once the wheels are off, use the soft wiping cloth, clean the wheel slots to eliminate any dirt that may have settled there over time. It is this dirt that may have been causing the squirming that was irritating you a while ago.
Do the same for all the other wheels. As you wipe the wheelbase with the cloth, you can add the Teflon spray to the cloth for better effect. Alternatively, use the compressed air to blow off the dirt and grit from the wheels.
Apply Teflon Spray
After wiping off the dirt, apply the Teflon spray onto the wheels using a different wipe cloth to remove excess spray from the wheel axle and wheels lining. For this lubrication procedure, never use grease, silicone-based lubricants, and Vaseline.
These lubricants are great elsewhere, but not on the stroller. Their high viscosity attracts more dust and sand after a short while, rendering your efforts useless. An alternative to Teflon spray is either a furniture polish or WD40 lubricant.
However, you should note that some manufacturers are finicky when it comes to using some lubricants on their products. If yours requires a specific lubricant, then only use that product so that you don’t invalidate your stroller warranty.
Replace the Wheels
Instead of returning the previous squeaky wheels, I prefer to replace them altogether. Once the wheel axle is sparkling clean, screw back the new set of wheels to the stroller. This process should be an easy one as some strollers allow for the provision of removing the wheels when storing or transporting them.
Take It On a Test Drive
Before you wrap up everything, test out the stroller if it still has the noise problem. Essentially, if you followed the right procedure and removed all the dirt, then there shouldn’t be any squeaking noise from the wheels.
If everything fits and works fine, clean your workstation (garage), replacing back the tools to their appropriate slots. Your stroller should be as good as new. If the noise still persists, then the cause could be old age or something that needs the manufacturer's attention.
Give them a call or consider buying a new stroller as the wheel axle could be worn out or out of balance.
Prevention of Stroller Wheel Squeaking
You may not be aware, but your stroller requires regular maintenance just like your car. It is the best way of ensuring you never have to deal with discomforting wheel noises. The frequency of the maintenance routines relies heavily on how frequent you use your stroller.
The wheels take the brunt of the brutal terrains the stroller travels on. It is, therefore, only reasonable that you remove the wheels, clean the axle/wheel lining, apply a lubricant, then return them back.
Wearing and tearing is a normal occurrence in moving parts such as wheels. To guarantee a continuous flawless performance, you need to address these from time to time.
How can I stop my stroller wheels from squeaking? I believe you now know some simple steps on how to handle this. You can imagine how obnoxious and embarrassing it is to push a squeaky stroller through a shopping mall or a restaurant. It draws unnecessary attention to you, reflecting poorly on you as a parent.
Wheel noise is, therefore an inconvenience you want to avoid at all costs. Regular wheel maintenance/lubrication is enough to prevent the squeaks from developing in the first place. If it is the wheels that are culpable, then this noise is fixable. Otherwise, if it’s from the stroller frame, then a viable solution is to replace the stroller.