Are the Front Wheels Falling off Your Kirby Vacuum?

May 29, 2023

Are the Front Wheels Falling off Your Kirby Vacuum?

Front Wheels Falling Off Kirby Vacuum?

Sometimes the front wheels just decide they don’t want to stay on any longer on almost any model of Kirby vacuum cleaner. In this video we share a secret that may help solve this problem.

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
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  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

So what is happening here? Why do the front wheels of Kirby vacuums have a tendency to fall off? Well, the splines on spline shaft wear out over time, which allows excessive play. When this happens the wheels can just pop off.

The super secret trick? Try putting super glue on the splines! This can give enough strength to prevent the wheels from coming loose and falling off.

If this trick doesn’t work (or you just don’t want to try it) we do offer replacement front axles for Kirby vacuums here.

To learn how to replace your Kirby vacuum’s front axle, watch this video.

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt nearly 100,000 Kirby vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our Youtube channel to see more educational videos.