Many travelers rely on the rolling suitcase, which features wheels that are convenient for pulling the luggage as you walk or run. Whether the airline damages the handle or it happens because of normal wear and tear, the handle can become weak and eventually break. While in some cases you might be eligible for a refund or exchange, you also have the option of replacing the handle on your own.

Step 1.

Call your luggage manufacturer to inquire about ordering a replacement handle. Most manufacturers can tell you how to order replacement parts. If the part is available, order it.

Step 2.

Open the suitcase and unzip the liner to expose the screws or bolts that hold the handle in place.

Step 3.

Remove each screw or bolt using the screwdriver or wrench.

Step 4.

Remove the damaged handle assembly from the opening and throw it away. Once the handle it broken, it probably cannot be repaired.

Step 5.

Feed the new handle through the opening into the original position and carefully tighten the screws or bolts back in place.

Things You Will Need
  • Screwdriver

  • Wrench

  • Replacement handle


When securing the handle, too much force can cause damage to the hardware.