Wheels don't move very smoothly!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by joeymanko, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. joeymanko

    joeymanko New Member

    Does anybody have a good remedy for wheels that don't move smoothly on my o gauge freight and passenger cars. I have a couple of cars that just drag on the tracks. When I turn the cars over and look at the wheels, they don't spin freely, I need to really roll them. I don't think I am supposed to oil anything, but these cars really drags down my engines!!!:curse: wall1
  2. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Are the cars you are talking about, older equipment or a new set? Are the trucks and wheels metal or plastic? If the trucks are the older Lionel or Marx metal type, rust or bending from past use may have caused your problem. It won't hurt to use some light oil on this type of truck. Plastic is another thing. You will need a plastic compatible type of lubricant. Hope you get some more info from the O gauge community.
  3. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    There might also be hair or lint on the end of the axles causing the drag.

  4. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    I presume that they are 3-rail since you said "o gauge"?
  5. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    I was under the impression that the wheels are quite different. Hence...I would expect a slightly different solution such as trying brand X wheels rather than brand Y.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Also check that the ends of the axles are in the holes in the trucks that they're supposed to be in. It doesn't take much pressure to push them out and then they don't run at all. This usually only happens with plastic trucks. If the axle end is pushing against the side frame, you just have to spread it gently and move the axle back to position.

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