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    I have a tilite aero t titanium with aluminum quick release axles. One of my axles locked in and wont release. The wheel spins freely. The axle just wont come out. Has anyone had this happen? Any ideas on what might get it to release? I have to take my chair apart to get it in my car tomorrow to get to work so if anyone has ideas I am willing to try anything.

  • #2
    Can you get a wrench on the camber plug? If so, remove it so you can access both ends of the axle to see what's going on.
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    • #3
      Minnesota, I'd expect rust. Flood with WD40, wait, remove opposite wheel, push button, and tap on axle with long metal rod from opposite end.
      I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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      • #4
        The small ball on the end of the axle can be "glued" in place by sand, mud or old grease. as Nonoise said, WD40 is the best solution, but you can also flood the end of the axle by removing the opposite wheel.
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        • #5
          I have had this happen. I think it is mostly due to the lock-ball being stuck somewhere. See if you can push the wheel in. It won't be noticeable how far the push goes, but it may loosen the lock ball. It also sounds like you have too LITTLE play setup on the axle.

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          • #6
            No advice here, can't remember back when this happened to me. However, it was at a time when I had not removed my wheels (using quick release) in quite a while, as it wasn't necessary when driving in a van with lift. Afterwards, periodically remove wheels and apply a bit of lubricant.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by nonoise View Post
              Minnesota, I'd expect rust. Flood with WD40, wait, remove opposite wheel, push button, and tap on axle with long metal rod from opposite end.
              that would make sense on an old chair but I got this chair the last week in september of this year

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kristopher View Post
                that would make sense on an old chair but I got this chair the last week in september of this year
                Okay, no rust, but it is still stuck, the balls are jammed in and you will have to push the relief button as usual. Then as I said hammer it out using a long rod from the other end through the axle tube, *but* the relief button has to be pushed at the same time as you hammer. I've purchased several old Quickie folders that were stuck due to being gummed up with dried grease. At first I didn't even know they had removable wheels. But with enough coaxing from the backside, they came off. WD40 helped cut through old grease. If your chair is almost new, it's probably not gummed up, but I'd use it anyway.
                I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                • #9
                  I was always told that Titanium and other metals don't play nice with each other. If using Titanium fasteners with aluminum or any other metals that one needs to put some type of anti-seize on them.

                  I wonder if you can pour a bunch of WD-40 or PB-blaster down the axle from the opposite side

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                  • #10
                    is it still stuck? And I would guess it's hair.
                    Rollin' since '89. Complete C8

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                    • #11
                      If one wheel will come off, take that wheel off and tip it on it's side so that the stuck side is down. Spray WD40 into the open axle tube and wait 15 minutes - put rags underneath the stuck wheel, because WD40 might seep out.

                      If you hit it from the inside, I'd use a wood dowel.

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                      • #12
                        We managed to get the axle out. For some reason it was bent. I had an old axle I placed on it for now until a new set arrives. Thank you for all the advice!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Kristopher View Post
                          We managed to get the axle out. For some reason it was bent. I had an old axle I placed on it for now until a new set arrives. Thank you for all the advice!
                          Isn't that puzzling. Do you have any idea how it happened? Could it have been shipped to you bent? Have I read somewhere that some axles are extra hollow?
                          I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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