Older Classic & Freeway Wheel Problems

If your Classic trolley is pre-2000 or you have an early 2000 Freeway, the chances are the wheels are held onto the axle by a metal sliding clip on the outside.

These wheels are now discontinued by PowaKaddy (though you can still get tyres, here), and as they've matured, are susceptible to becoming disconnected from the axle. This was cured with a new clip - not available now, sadly.

If you have one of these trolleys and this is a problem, this is your solution.

First, remove the outer disc, which is held on by six screws. Once you have done this you will be able to see the inside of the metal slider, which will in all probability have become bent out of shape. This prevents the clip from locating securely into the groove on the axle, which is what holds the wheel on and enables it to pick up the drive via the clutch.

At this point, you should be able to straighten the slider by use of a nail-punch + hammer i.e., tap it with mild to moderate force using a hammer.

If it is very bent or you accidentally use too much force and bend it the other way, the disc that the slider is in is held into the outer plate by a series of bent metal tabs. Using a pair of pliers, straighten all the tabs. You can then remove the mechanism completely, dis-assemble it, straighten the part that is bent, then put it all back. Bend the tabs back over, screw it back onto the wheel and it should then be able to locate into the axle groove and give you a few more years of use.

In our workshop, we have performed this operation on many a mature trolley - some 20 years old - whose owners were not ready to consign them to the great trolley shed in the sky.

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