Suitcase handles are essential for every trolley – but they are usually an ignored part of the whole suitcase. Overlooked until when they stop working or are broken.
More times than not, people throw away their suitcase just because it has a broken or damaged handle. You can still try a couple of tricks to see if you can fix it before tossing the suitcase out to the trash.
In this article, we will share with you some tips and tricks on how to solve the most common problems with suitcase handles.
1. Problem – Handle Won’t Open Up
This happens very frequently, and it is one of the most frustrating (yet easy to fix) problems with luggage handles.
The next time you find yourself in such a bind, here’s what you can do:
· Get a flat-headed screwdriver
· Insert it between the push tab and back of the frame
· The push tab should loosen, and the handle should return to its working position.
2. Problem – Handle Forced in Open Position
Note that trying to get the handle back into the closed position forcefully could lead to more damage, so you want to stay away from that. More often than not, you are experiencing this problem because the pins in the telescopic handles are stuck, or the poles of the handle are not close to their trigger mechanism.
Here’s how you can solve both issues:
· Open up the handle. There are certain screws around the handle for that.
· Check for an internal wire (which runs the trigger mechanism) to ensure it is smooth. Sometimes, a broken wire could be the culprit here.
· Re-insert the handle and try again
· Open up the handle
· See if the telescopic poles are touching the handle. If not:
· Place some tape between the handle and the telescopic poles. This bridges the distance between both of them.
3. Problem – Broken Luggage Handle
This is one of those problems that you don’t want to fix but repair outrightly.
A broken handle will compromise the integrity of the suitcase, making it almost impossible for you to drag it along with ease. Even if you managed a workaround, it would be as inconvenient as it can be – and that is not the purpose behind using a suitcase in the first place.
Fortunately, suitcase handles are rather generic, making it possible for you to get replacement parts for them. When shopping for replacements, look for high-quality materials that are as durable as they come, so you can be sure to get the best out of the new handle.
For this, we recommend options like the Sunsen Hard Luggage Telescopic Handle (9v02BA-C2) to get the job done in the most reliable way.
Are there any other common luggage handle problems we didn’t cover in the piece above? Let us hear about them in the comments, and we will work on a fix for you.
In the meantime, you can also share your favorite fixes for common luggage handle problems you’ve faced in the past.