Repair

 

Repairing a Tire

1.

sharader valveDoes your tire have a "shrader valve?" This is the kind of valve you would find on a bicycle tire or car tire.

2.

Inflate tire and submerge in soapy water to detect leak. (If it's not obvious.)

  • If the leak is coming from a puncture or pinhole, continue to #3.
  • If the leak is coming from the valve stem, please click on the Valve Stem Leak tab above.

3.

Mark puncture by inserting nail/pin.

4.

Deflate tire completely.

5.

Remove nail/pin.

6.

hot knifeYour wheel is easily repairable using a hot knife or soldering iron.

(A knife heated with a lighter will work if you don't have access to a hot knife or soldering iron.)

7.

For pinholes and punctures you can melt the surface material immediately surrounding the hole and cover the hole with the melted material. Be sure to only melt the surface material. Don't melt too deep.

8.

For tears, pinch area around the hole or cut to expose inner edge of tire wall. Apply heated tip of soldering iron or hot knife to tire wall until material gets sticky.

9.

Gradually release grip on tire and allow the material to come back together.

10.

Apply iron/knife to edge of the outer edge of hole/cut and build up tire material on top of that area.

11.

Let patch cool and cure for 10-15 mnutes. Inflate to specified pressure. (2 to 2-1/2 psi.) For best result use a bicycle pump. DO NOT OVERINFLATE. Use low pressure gauge to check pressure.

(Normal automotive tire pressure gauges can not accurately measure the low pressure in Wheeleez® wheels.)

Changing a Tire

  • Deflate tire
  • Remove nuts from back side of wheel. (3) PVC wheel, (4) PU wheel.
  • Remove bolts and Bearing Retainer Rings.
  • Separate Hub Halves by pulling apart gradually.
  • Remove Bearings/Bushings from Hub Halves and replace if visibly worn.
  • Remove old tire and discard.
  • Reverse procedure for installation of new tire. Wiggle tire/hub halves to seat together.
  • Inflate to proper PSI (See side of tire for correct pressure.)

Hint: Change 1 tire at a time leaving other(s) assembled as reference when re-assembling. 

Tools required:

  1. 10mm adjustable socket wrench/ratchet or nut driver required to remove nuts & bolts.
  2. Tire Pump (see below)
  3. Low Pressure Gauge (see below)

Valve Stem Leak

You may have a leak due to an improperly seated valve core.

ValveRemedy: Tighten valve core with valve core tool available inexpensively from any car or bike shop. (shown to the left)

On rare occasion, the valve core sticks in the slightly open position permitting air to escape the tire.

It is very easy to replace valve cores. Simply go to any auto parts store or bicycle shop and pick up a valve core tool and replacement valve core. Using the tool, exchange the new valve for the sticky one and you're done!

Attaching Twist
Lock Knob

To attach/re-attach the Twist Lock Knob, follow this procedure:

Hub with groove in bushing.
The Wire Lock Pin will slide through the bushing slots.
(Slots in bushing shown in photo.)

 

Twist Lock Knob with Wire Lock Pin started.
Insert the Wire Lock Pin on the Twist Lock Knob as shown.
Don't insert too far to allow clearance for the bushing.

 

Twist Lock Knob aligned over wheel hub.
Align the Twist Lock Knob and bushing slots as shown.
"A" and "B" should align as shown in the above photo.

 

Twist Lock Knob aligned over wheel hub.
With the pin "started" on the knob, place Twist Lock Knob on the bushing,
being sure it's lined up as in the previous photo.
Push the Wire Lock Pin through slots to engage.
You will hear/feel a click as the Wire Lock Pin seats under the Twist Lock Knob.

 


Done
No need to twist the Twist Lock Knob when mounting the wheel to the axle.
To remove wheel from axle, twist the Twist Lock Knob only 1/4 turn and pull wheel off.
Twist only 1/4 turn. If you twist too much, the Wire Lock Pin may pop off the Twist Lock Knob.

Beach Cart Springs

If you find the springs on your Beach Cart are flipping to the wrong direction, which prevents the kickstand from staying in the locked position, here is a way to easily secure them.

spring shot 1 spring shot 2 spring shot 3
Take the part of the spring that lies flat against the cart, and bend it over the ridge as shown. (Needle nose pliers will come in handy.) Here's a close up of the long, straight part of the spring bent to fit over the adjacent ridge. Here's how it will look when finished.

Installing Wedges
for BCF