How to Fix the Locking Telescoping Handle on My Rolling Case


A rolling case stays compact by having its carry handle retract into the side when not being used. To fix a handle that has become locked and will not telescope out of the case, remove the handles and oil the track in which they sit. Supplies from a hardware store will be needed, along with tools typically found in the home.

Things You'll Need

  • Lubricating spray can
  • Flat-edged screwdriver
  • Soft cloth
  • Phillips jeweler's screwdriver
  • Stand the rolling case on the floor with the back side facing you. Insert the spray tube into the nozzle of the lubricating spray can. Shake the can for 10 seconds.

  • Insert the tip of a flat-edged screwdriver into the seam in the case against the metal tube of the telescoping handle at the left side. Insert the end of the tube into the seam and dispense a two-second burst of lubrication. Move the tip of the screwdriver to where you just sprayed. Spray the other side of the tube in the same manner as you just did. Repeat this entire procedure with the handle’s metal tube that is at the right side of the case.

  • Wipe the tip of the screwdriver with a soft cloth to remove excess lubrication. Remove the screw at each side of the two metal tubes with a Phillips jeweler’s screwdriver. Place the screws where they will not get lost. Grip the top of the handle and pull it and the tubes out from the case.

  • Spray both sides of both of the tubes attached to the handle with bursts of the lubricating spray. Wipe the excess lubrication off the tubes with a soft cloth.

  • Reinsert the tubes into the seams on the back of the case. Reattach the screws. Pull the handle up and back down three times. Return the contents to the inside of the case. Zip up all the compartments.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can wear gloves if you don't want to get any lubrication on your hands.

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