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How To Fix Office Chair Wheels That Keep Falling Off?

How To Fix Office Chair Wheels That Keep Falling Off?

If you have an office chair and the wheels don’t want to stay on, keep reading to find out how you can fix this.

This problem isn’t uncommon. Office chairs that have been repaired are likely to have loose parts, especially the wheels. This is because the wheels of an office chair are not screwed on like most of the other parts.

The wheels can be removed and reinstalled using only your bare hands. Office chair wheels have a metal pin that you insert into a plastic socket.

It is only fastened by how tightly the pin fits into the socket. Over time the socket can expand and your wheel pin won’t fit tightly into the socket anymore.

This happens if you remove and insert your wheel pins into the socket several times. This can also happen if your socket gets hit by a hard object and cracks.

Normally, having loose wheels won’t cause a lot of trouble. This is because the weight of the chair will usually hold the wheels in place. There will be times, however, when you will need to lift your chair off the ground.

an office chair with wheels fell off on a floor

It can be really annoying if your wheels fall off every time you lift your chair. It is also not safe to have loose wheels. If your wheels come off while you’re trying to slide your chair around, you could fall and hurt yourself.

Let’s now take a look at a few different ways you can fix loose wheels on your office chair.

1. Tightening the socket

The simplest way to fix loose wheels on your office chair is to tighten the fit of the pin in the socket. There are a number of ways you can do this.

You can insert a small piece of paper into the socket before inserting the pin. This will immediately tighten the fit. You can adjust the tightness by using different paper thicknesses.

You can also use other materials such as a piece of rubber or duct tape.

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If you don’t want a small piece of paper or tape to be sticking out from the socket, you can also wrap some duct tape around the pin before inserting it into the socket. You can adjust the tightness by the amount of tape you wrap around the pin.

2. Gluing the wheels on

If you want a more permanent fix, you can apply some super glue on the pin before inserting it into the socket. The downside to this is that you won’t be able to easily replace your wheels anymore.

You could end up damaging the sockets if you attempt to remove wheels that are glued in.

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Loose office chair wheels can be really annoying and unsafe. The good news is that it doesn’t require a lot of skill or equipment to fix loose wheels. With just a little bit of time and a little bit of tape, your office chair will be right back to normal.

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