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Tips & Advice

below are tips and advice based on questions asked by customers

Bent Frame


Damaged ? A common question

Please note that your pushchair is made from aluminium tube which shaped (bent) by design.

One of the cross bars under the seat and one cross bar behind the seat have two slight bends, evenly spaced from each end. You will see it is symmetrical. At the point of the bend there is a slight creasing to the metal.

These bends are deliberate and the pushchair would not function without them.

We do understand that until you are familiar with your new pushchair you might be concerned on seeing them that your pushchair is damaged. It isn't.

Stiff to Unfold


unfolding is getting harder, what do I do ?

Firstly do not force it, it is possible that some routine maintenance will make it easier. See also Will Not Fold section below

If the frame is stiff to unfold far enough for the side clips to engage then it can help if you stand behind the pushchair, hold the plastic guides at the top of the seat on both sides and pull these up the frame. If this helps then it is likely that you need to perform the maintenance listed below.

After the pushchair has been used for a while it will naturally collect dust/dirt etc. and as this builds up it will add friction at various points which need to move freely.

The top of the seat and the back of the seat are attached to the frame with square plastic guides which move along the frame when the pushchair is folded, they need to move freely so any dirt in the guide or surface grime will slow them down.

Use hot soapy water to clean the surface of the frame and to flush out any dirt inside the guides. Fold the pushchair a little to make sure you clean the whole length of the frame.

Polish the frame with a silicone based (not wax based) furniture polish, spray a little inside the plastic guides.

NOTE If you have a Basket fitted then the fixing straps also need to slide smoothly along the frame when unfolding, so clean the frame there and also the Basket.

You should now feel the frame moving more freely, if not then the cause may be more serious

Will NOT Fold


stuck, what do I do ?

Firstly do not force it to fold.

The classic cause of the pushchair not folding is that the harness has not been done up after the child has left the seat and one of the plastic clips on the end of a harness strap is now jammed in the frame, preventing it from folding.

To solve this:
  • unfold the frame
  • snap together the harness so none of it is tangled with the frame

The pushchair should now fold down.

It is always important to snap together the harness before folding the pushchair to avoid breaking the harness clips or damaging the frame.

Basket - The Basket or contents are caught up in the frame

To solve this:
  • remove the basket


Frame Broken Check that there are no failed joints on the pushchair especially the rivet fixings of the crossbars behind the footplate.

To solve this:
  • contact us for advice 01363 881110

Foam Handle Grips Moving


Hard to control !

The foam handle grips should be prevented from moving by the stoppers which blank off the tube end. If your foam grips move too much then you may be about to lose the end stoppers (see below).

To solve this:
  • a drop of super glue, or similar, to fix the foam grips in place

Lost Stopper


Lost Handle End Stopper

The handle stoppers blank off the tube and help to keep the foam handle grips in place. It is not possible to get identical ones but you can get tube ends very cheaply on ebay, for example from UK Plastic Parts

You need to get 16mm Round Plastic Black Blanking Tube End Caps

A drop of superglue, or similar, can help avoid them coming out again

Lost Tube End Stopper
You can get tube ends very cheaply on ebay, for example from UK Plastic Parts

You need to get Square Plastic Black Blanking Tube End Caps

A drop of superglue, or similar, can help avoid them coming out again

Rivet Failed on front Cross Bars


UNSAFE

If the Footplate is not fitted then cross frame which connects the two sides of the pushchair can be damaged if used as a footrest or if a child swings their feet back against it.

To solve this:
  • find a local service company, e.g. a bike shop, or even you local garage (they would have a rivet gun). It takes a seconds to put a rivet in and should not be expensive

IMPORTANT The pushchair may not be safe to use before it has been repaired and if used will likely result in the vertical frame part breaking

Veers in one direction


Difficult to steer

Lift each set of wheels in turn from the floor and spin the wheels to indentify any which do not rotate freely, if one is stuck then this will cause the pushchair to veer.

To solve this:
  • wash the wheels with hot soapy water to remove dirt (you may find it easiest standing them in a bucket) and allow to dry

Squeaky Wheels


Drives you mad !

The Budget XL wheels are plastic with plastic hubs on a steel axle.i.e. not sealed bearings. Friction between the plastic parts or if grit gets stuck in the mechanism can cause a squeak.

To solve this:
  • flush the wheels with running water to remove dirt and allow to dry