06:05AM | 07/22/07
Member Since: 07/21/07
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How do you take the wheels off of the axle from a kids steel wagon? I popped the hubcap off but the fitting on the end is round and it does not appear to twist off with pliers or channel locks and I couldn't pull it off. No cotter pin anywhere. I need to put a new wheel on.


07:23AM | 07/22/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
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The axle ends usually aren't threaded but notched and the hub caps (which retain the wheels) are not designed to be re-used. Once applied they have to be detroyed to remove.

Usually they sort of crimp against the notched/flat ends of the otherwise round axle, and/or the axle might have a split/slot cut.

Contact your wagon manufacturer for replacement parts. If your wagon was recently purchased (and for example you installed the L wheel on the R side, etc.) they'll usually ship out replacement hub caps (retaining hubs) for free. If you are replacing old or damaged wheels then you'll likely have to pay a small charge for the replacement hubcaps.

Kinda depends on if you have ball-bearing wheels(more expensive wagons, easier pulling) or not as to which hubcap is used.

Sometimes the axle is threaded an a castle nut was used (older wagons).


07:47AM | 07/22/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
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the axle caps that are used on kids riding toys, garden carts, etc. are sometimes called "push nuts".


07:59AM | 07/22/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
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If the end of the shaft was squared, could be something like this:

The 2-cut edges I was referring to earlier, is also called a "double D"

Here is an example:


08:05AM | 07/22/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
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axle cap nut:
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