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Help! Phil & Teds sport

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Victoria2002 Sun 09-Nov-14 17:05:11

I have been given a Phil & Teds sport, is that the same as a classic?! One rear wheel has been replaced so one is smaller than the other, plus the small one seems slightly misaligned or warped. Possibly because of this the brake keeps pinging on as I walk around. Unfortunately both rear wheels won't come off so I can't fix/replace the dodgy wheel. Any ideas?! Am not sure how old it is or what it's worth so not sure how much time/effort/money to put into repairing it. DC 2 due in 5 weeks! Thanks in advance

Ihateparties Sun 09-Nov-14 17:56:29

Are you sure the rear wheels don't come off... How did the previous owner replace one? I have an ancient p&t in the garden store.. I think it's an e3... and the wheels definitely come off that. I know there were changes though so possibly less removable bits was among those changes

On the plus side it looks like there footrest clearance off the front wheel is still fine. It will be quite old, is the fabric nice enough still that you would want to out a newborn in?

Victoria2002 Sun 09-Nov-14 23:36:03

I beleive the rear wheels SHOULD come off, if you push the silver centre of each wheel in, but I do this and nothing releases. Have seen a youtube film of someone complaining this is a common problem, and people replied with descriptions about forcing the wheel off with a screwdriver to release a mechanism within but I don't fully understand. The fabric is aged but I expect to buy a new cocoon or liner/sleeping bag for the new baby and have my own buggysnuggle for DS, so I'd be happy to keep it if I can get it up and running.

DixieNormas Sun 09-Nov-14 23:38:24

The wheel will come off, it just might be really difficult. Have you tried oiling it ?

Victoria2002 Sun 09-Nov-14 23:40:16

Yes I tried WD40, though I haven't really forced it through fear I'm doing it wrong. Should I just ask DP to yank it with the silver "button" depressed?

DixieNormas Sun 09-Nov-14 23:40:43

The wheels usually warp if they have been pumped up too much. Are you on face book? There are some p&t selling pages that are great for advice on this type of thing

DixieNormas Sun 09-Nov-14 23:42:47

Oh and sports are pretty old now but people still love them, they can scrub up really well

DixieNormas Sun 09-Nov-14 23:49:05

Yes get him to push the middle in and give it a good pull, they can be really stiff

Victoria2002 Sun 09-Nov-14 23:55:35

Thanks for your advice. I have looked on Facebook and sent join requests to 3 phil & teds groups on Saturday but not yet accepted/able to post hence resorting to youtube films!

DixieNormas Mon 10-Nov-14 06:59:47

I'll go on some of the ones I'm on later and ask what people have done to get them off, lots of people on those sits restore them so you should find it's fixable

Victoria2002 Mon 10-Nov-14 08:54:23

Thank you Dixie. Have now posted on "phil and teds swap sales & spare parts" but any advice is VERY welcome.

TarkaTheOtter Mon 10-Nov-14 08:59:52

I have a sport (in the garage ATM or I'd go look at it) but the rear wheels definitely come off. I would be tempted to yank as in general I find my sport quite stiff and requiring manhandling. On the plus side it's indestructible.

DixieNormas Mon 10-Nov-14 09:05:10

Im on that one, you should get some good advice on there the guy who runs it reconditions them and sells spare parts etc

scotchfreeescapegoat Tue 11-Nov-14 14:28:36

the bearings are probably rusted which would stop the wheel from releasing. Maybe try and flood the attachment point with WD40 or similar.

The wheel sizing for the sport/explorer and navigator are all exactly the same over the years so i think whoever replaced the wheel might have used one that is simply the wrong size.

The facebook groups are great for phil and teds buggies. Hope you are approved asap.

you can get some spray vinyl to redo the fabrics if you want. Brings them up like new and makes them nice and waterproof too. It is about £10 on amazon. Would also suggest you get the plastic foot well as once your toddler starts getting in and out of the buggy the fabric footwell gets really grubby quickly.

DixieNormas Tue 11-Nov-14 18:55:11

I've seen you managed to get some advice on the fb page, did you manage to get the wheels off

MiaowTheCat Tue 11-Nov-14 19:29:19

They're pretty solid buggies - hence they keep going for ages and getting sold on and on and on... I had an E3 (older than the Sport) for a while with the DDs until recently and it did what I asked of it really decently (I actually sold it on when done with for a profit)

Round here it would take a bit of camping the second hand ads but you'd get one in decentish nick for about £60... going up toward £100 for the deluded people who think they're worth a lot more. They sell really fast though - I had replies within 10 minutes when I put the E3 up for sale.

TarkaTheOtter Tue 11-Nov-14 19:33:54

I thought the sport was older than the e3?

DixieNormas Tue 11-Nov-14 22:47:48

E3s older, I bought a sport v1 for £40 it needed a really good clean but Looked great when it was done. I sold it on for £70.

I have an explorer which I preferred to the sport.

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