Brake Cable Assembly Replacement of Your Baby Stroller
Sometimes your baby stroller’s brake may malfunction. As a precaution, you might buy an extra brake set, but it will not come to any work if you do not know how to replace the brake cable assembly of the stroller. The repairing technique of the stroller is always a plus for the parents as it can save you from any embarrassing situation at any place. Well, if you have an extra brake cable assembly and you want to replace the existing cable set of your stroller, this article is a must read item for you. So, let’s begin.
You should have the following items in your tool kit to replace the brake cable assembly.
1. A pair of wire cutters.
2. A 10mm open end wrench.
3. Cable crimping tool.
4. Measuring tape.
5. Needle nose pliers.
6. A Pair of safety glasses.
Let’s start the operation:
I) Removal Of Existing Brake Cable:
To replace a new brake cable assembly, first you have to remove the existing cable. Let’s start with the removal of the lower brake cable.
A) Lower Brake Cable Removal:
1. To commence the lower brake cable removal, first you have to remove the both rear wheels.
2. Start with any one side of the stroller. Loosen the 10mm knot on the underside of the cable arm. Use your other hand to hold the stroller steady.
3. Use cable crimping tool to click the end of the exposed brake cable.
4. Hold the cable arm in one hand and pull the brake cable through the cable arm with the other hand.
5. You can also remove it by holding the cable arm and engaging the brake lever.
6. Repeat this procedure on the other rear wheel.
B) Handlebar Brake Cable Removal:
If you have removed the lower brake completely, now its turn to remove the brake cable form handlebar assembly.
1. Start by loosening the locknut towards the barrel adjuster on the handlebar brake lever.
2. For the next step, tighten the barrel adjuster to the hand brake lever.
3. When the barrel adjuster is adequately tight in your hand, align the slots of the barrel adjuster and the hand brake lever.
4. Pull the housing out of the barrel adjuster. Nor remove the cable by pulling it towards the front of the stroller.
5. Rotate the brake cable at 90 degrees until the vertical slot is aligned with it. The exposed cable will now drop out of the lever assembly.
C) Brake Cable Removal from Stroller:
Well, now the brake is removed from the rear wheels and handlebar brake lever. It is time to remove it completely from the stroller.
1. In the handlebar, there is an assembly of brake cable on the upper side of the stroller. Gently remove the brake cable from the clip of that handlebar.
2. There is a sleeve by the right side of the seat. Pull the cable through it.
3. Fold the stroller to work on the bottom arrangement of the brake cables.
4. Open the hook and lock fasteners sleeves on the bottom of the seat of the strollers to remove the cable.
5. Hold both the left and right end of the cable and pull the brake cable through the cable splitter sleeve. Do not apply too much force, it’s a gentle procedure. If the cable does not come out, it must be stuck anywhere.
The brake cable is completely removed from your stroller.
II) Installation of New Brake Cable:
Your stroller is folded and the previous cable is completely removed. Pick the new cable and start installation from this situation.
A) Brake Cable Install:
1. Hold the new brake cable. The single side of the cable should face towards the stroller. Pass the single cable through the cable splitting sleeve. Stop when the splitter casing is secured properly in the sleeve.
2. Pass the single side of the brake cable below the harness anchor strap. But keep in mind that is should be above the frame release cable.
3. Ensure the proper placement of each of the lower brake cables in their respective hoop and loop fasteners.
4. Make sure the frame release cable is above the hook and loop fasteners. Repeat on the second cable.
5. How to Adjust The Hook And Loop Fasteners:
It may be a little dizzy as there are so many parts. First press the cable against the gray fabric of the seat. Fold the first hook flap over the cable, and then the loop flap will follow the first one. Finally the hook flap will secure the brake completely.
6. Now unfold the stroller and place it in the upright position.
7. Pass the single side of the cable through the right side sleeve of the seat compartment. Make sure it goes underneath the seat reclining straps.
8. Pull the brake cable towards the handlebar brake lever. Make sure to cut yourself sufficient room to work with it.
B) Handlebar Brake Cable Installation:
1. Keep the exposed end of the cable upward and insert it in the end of the vertical slot into the brake lever.
2. Align the slots of the barrel adjuster and locknut. Rotate the cable 90 degrees to insert the cable housing in the barrel adjuster.
3. If you find it difficult to place the ferrule into the barrel adjuster, have a recheck on the other end of the cable. Make sure it is not pulled out of the cable splitter and properly placed.
4. Adjust the barrel adjuster and tightened the locknut on the brake lever. Your brake may still loose as the lower parts of the brakes are still not installed into wheel brake assemblies.
5. Again set the cable housing into the clip of the handlebar. Make sure the opening of the clip and the release rod is aligned.
C) Lower Brake Cable Installation:
1. First fold the handlebar forward. Then you can reach the wheels and finish the installation process.
2. Thread the exposed part of the cable through the barrel adjuster until the housing is properly seated on the barrel adjuster.
3. Push the end of the cable into the brake cable clamp.
4. Pass the cable through the inside of the swing arm and secure it with the hook and loop sleeve in the cargo basket.
5. Set the distance between the barrel adjuster and the cable clamp to one and a half inches.
6. Install the 10mm knot and tight it.
7. Use the cable crimping tool again to crimp the cable end on the edge of the exposed cable. Install the wheel. Follow the same procedure on the other side.
Do not apply too much force on the brake cable or housing. Make sure the cables are passing through the correct loops. Adjust the locknut and barrel adjuster properly to have a smooth breaking performance on the stroller.