Many times, repairing luggage parts that are broken is more economical than buying a new piece of luggage. A few main types of luggage parts may need replaced. In general, handles, wheels, and zippers are the most common luggage parts that may need to be replaced. Individuals who do not have a warranty on their luggage can purchase replacement luggage parts from a specialty store, the luggage manufacturer, or online.
Broken luggage handles are quite common. These can break when carrying a very heavy load, or when luggage has been handled roughly. Two main types of luggage handles may need replaced — regular handles or retractable handles.
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A broken regular luggage handle can be taken off by unscrewing the screws surrounding the handle. The new handle can then be put into place, and the screws can be replaced. A retractable handle may be a bit more difficult to replace, but the job can be done. The screws holding the handle on should be removed. These are usually located on the top and bottom of the suitcase, and sometimes under the inside liner. The shafts of the new handle can then be slid into place, and the screws will need to be replaced.
Luggage wheels may also need to be replaced at some time. These luggage parts make transporting luggage easy. They can be replaced if they are broken, or if they simply don't work well. Typically, rubber luggage wheels work a little better than hard plastic luggage wheels.
Wheels are usually attached to luggage with either screws or rivets. Screws are simple to remove, but rivets may require a pry bar and a little muscle. After the old wheel is removed, the new wheel can be set in place and attached to the suitcase. The screws or rivets holding them in place should not be tightened too tightly, however. This can cause the plastic surrounding these luggage parts to crack.
Luggage zippers are essential luggage parts. These keep the luggage closed. If a zipper is simply stuck, an individual can use wax or oil to lubricate the teeth. If it is broken, however, obtaining a new luggage zipper is usually necessary.
Generally, heavy duty zippers are used on most types of luggage. These are often made from metal, and they have rather large teeth. Zippers are usually glued or sewn into the inside of a piece of luggage. After the old zipper is carefully removed, the new zipper can be attached in the same manner.