How to Remove a Wheel for a Moped


Whether you have a flat tire, your wheel is rusted, or you just need to access the internal components of your moped, you have to remove your moped's wheel. Be prepared to spend about half an hour completing this task, as you need to take your time when handling your moped's sensitive exterior components, such as the wheel, axle bolt (the bolt that connects the wheel to the moped itself), and the brake cable.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Wrenches
  • Loosen the nut and bolt to the right of the wheel holding the rear brake cable onto the back tire. Thread the brake cable up and out of the rear cable holder, and place it off to the side of the wheel.

  • Place two wrenches on either side of the wheel to remove the axle bolt. This one long bolt holds the wheel onto the moped. Once the wrenches are in place, twist them in opposite directions to loosen the bolt. There is no need to take the nut and bolt off; just loosen them enough so the wheel is able to jiggle in its place.

  • Flip the chain tensioner up and out of the way of the chain. This flat metal piece is usually right next to the bolt's washer on the left-hand side of the wheel.

  • Derail your moped's chain by moving it to the side and turning the wheel. Within one rotation the chain will have derailed itself.

  • Give the wheel a push forward until it falls out of its axle hole. It will completely come off the moped.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you feel uncomfortable wrenching on your moped, consider taking it to a certified mechanic to have him remove it for you.

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