wobbly handtruck wheel

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Old 12-02-11, 09:30 AM
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wobbly handtruck wheel

Got this wobbly wheel on the hand truck:
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I'd assume it's acting this way because maybe the axle got bent? But when I take off the wheel and look at the axle, the axle looks pretty straight to me:
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...ckwheel001.jpg
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...ckwheel002.jpg
The wheel hub looks fine too, nothing bent or damaged looking. So, is the axle bent slightly enough to where it's not apparent byquick visual examination and causing the wheel to wobble so badly like that? Any comments/advice on whats going on and possible fix appreciated. thanks (also, I couldn't decide on what would be the most appropriate forum category to post this inquiry, just figuring there might be some metalworking involved in any fix)
 
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Old 12-02-11, 10:07 AM
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Oh... upon closer examination I discovered the hub is crooked. the weld on one side of it broke, making it cocked.
 
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Old 12-02-11, 10:09 AM
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I couldn't tell by the video but does the axle turn? if it does you need to check it with a straight edge. Otherwise I'd think it would be a wheel, hub or tire problem.

We bought our grandson a go kart several yrs ago. I repo'd it after I found it sitting in the rain for months with a flat tire. For whatever reason that tire got distorted. Aired up it would wobble so bad that it would come off of the rim after about 10 minutes of use.
 
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Old 12-02-11, 10:11 AM
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see my last post. found the prob. maybe will replace the wheel if they sell a replacement locally.
 
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That is a bearing problem.
 
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Old 12-02-11, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Luana View Post
That is a bearing problem.
Nope. see my last post. broken weld on one side of the hub
 
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Old 12-02-11, 10:19 AM
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Ya, I saw your 2nd post right after I posted mine
If you have a harbor freight store or a northern hydraulics store nearby - they usually have those types of tire/rim for sale fairly cheap.
 
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Old 12-03-11, 04:09 PM
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I hate to hear what shipping will cost to get a new wheel if you can't find one locally.
 
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Old 12-03-11, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Pilot Dane View Post
I hate to hear what shipping will cost to get a new wheel if you can't find one locally.
Well as I would've guessed they don't have it locally. I too hate to hear what shipping costs. I actually discovered that the other wheel is wobbly too, although not quite as much. So I figured if I'm changing one wheel I might as well change the other. Shipping quote for two wheels to my location: $26.48.
 
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