Things You Will Need
If you have traveled a bit, you know how luggage can take a beating from the handling it receives. Samsonsite is a strong luggage brand, one well known to the travel industry for their study luggage sets available both in-store and on amazon. But over time, even a good piece of luggage needs to be repaired or replaced. You may have a carry-on whose functionality no longer serves your travel needs but that you may want to keep for storage use. Sometimes a soft side bag will tear, the hard shell can crack on your hardside luggage, or the spinner wheels wear out and get wobbly. If you find yourself past a warranty, there are a few steps to taking the wheels off a Samsonite suitcase or rolling backpack which can make the installment of new wheels easier without going to a repair shop to fix it.
1. Lay out the suitcase on a flat surface.
Lay out the suitcase on a flat surface. Make sure you have all tools and replacement wheels ready to go. The suitcase wheels are not unlike inline skate wheels, so you can get creative with replacement parts if you are unable to obtain a Samsonite luggage wheel. Look on the bottom of the suitcase where the damaged wheels are located. Check the screws, bolts, or rivets holding the wheel plate attached to the suitcase to see if you need a drill, screwdriver or hacksaw to remove them. Once that is done, slowly start to remove them. If using the hacksaw, be sure to consult a step-by-step instruction on the tool and wear safety goggles before attempting this diy to remove the old wheel.
2. Find where the caster plates are attached
The next step in your luggage repair is to open the suitcase and look inside where the caster plates are attached to the suitcase. Use the grommet tool to remove the grommets attached to the caster plate on the suitcase. You may need a hammer to help you pry up the grommets. Lightly tap the grommet tool until each grommet is removed.
3. Pull the luggage wheels from the suitcase
Pull the luggage wheels from the suitcase and slowly remove the caster plate on the suitcase. Take the bolts, screws, and washers and place them aside. The caster plate should now pop off the suitcase. If it is stuck, use the flat end of a screwdriver and a hammer to tap the caster plate from the suitcase.