I decided to fix the flat wheels so that I could take it to the show. How hard can it be to fix a leak in a little tire?
I took the pins off the end and brought the wheels home. They're about 10" in diameter, so they are lightweight. I YouTube'd how to find leaks in tires (squirt with windex and look for bubbles) and found that both tires were completely riddled with leaks. Plus one had a leaking stem (the base of the air intake component).
Turns out Harbor Freight Tools was selling 10" diameter wheels with the same size/model number for only $6 each! So I picked 2 up, happy to be avoiding the messy business of leak repair kits and stem replacement kits. Win!
|Beautiful new wheel.|
But they wouldn't fit on the axle. After manhandling and muttering for 10 minutes I commandeered a fellow boarder's horse husband and he confirmed my suspicion: the new wheels' bearings were just ever so slightly wider than the old ones, resulting in not enough room for the axle to come through.
I took it to the local hardware store...they could not help me. No metal rods. The recommended another hardware store across town.
So I took it there. No luck. The 2nd hardware store recommended a 3rd.
So I went to the 3rd. Nope.
How many stores does it take to get a new axle? I don't know. I gave up on #3.
I went to their tire section to see if there were any tires that *looked* thinner in width, and found some solid rubber tires (aha! never deal with leaks again!). They fit on the axle with room to spare.
What was going to be a quick afternoon project turned into a road trip hardware store adventure all over town and took way, waaaaay more time than I would have thought.
|Even newer solid rubber wheel.|