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Rod Smith
01-28-2017, 08:00 PM
Can installing a skewer spring backwards cause a wheel to wobble?

anomad
01-28-2017, 08:20 PM
Not unless they were interfering with the skewer being able to tighten down the hub to the dropout completely. Or, if the wheel was loose in the dropouts it could wobble. That could happen if part of the spring was between the nut on the skewer and in between it and the dropout.

If the skewers and axles were snug against the dropouts it wouldn't cause a wobble. If the rider or "mechanic" was uneducated enough to install the springs backwards, then all bets are off as to the wheel being seated in the dropouts correctly. Were other changes made that lead to this discovery? New tires or other changes might lead to a wobbly feeling unrelated to the skewer springs.