Introduction

Is your Zippo lighter not working because the flint wheel is stuck? Don't want to invest money in a brand new lighter? Your flint wheel is stuck because the steel rod it strikes is stuck at an awkward position against the wheel causing the wheel to be immobile. Find out how to loosen the steel rod and fix your Zippo!

Parts

No parts required.

Open your Zippo lighter and take the inside component out of the shell simply by pulling it out.
  • Open your Zippo lighter and take the inside component out of the shell simply by pulling it out.

  • Be careful of the fluid that already might be in the lighter, it might leak out.

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Flip the lighter to face the bottom of the unit and locate the brass colored screw.
  • Flip the lighter to face the bottom of the unit and locate the brass colored screw.

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With tools and Fix Kits
Loosen the brass screw with the flat head screwdriver Unscrew the rest of the brass screw using your hand. Unscrew the brass screw until it comes off and the spring beneath shows but do not take the spring all the way out.
  • Loosen the brass screw with the flat head screwdriver

  • Unscrew the rest of the brass screw using your hand.

  • Unscrew the brass screw until it comes off and the spring beneath shows but do not take the spring all the way out.

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Pull the brass screw and spring out about a centimeter or two to unhinge the steel rod located beneath the flint wheel so that the rod and the wheel are not touching.
  • Pull the brass screw and spring out about a centimeter or two to unhinge the steel rod located beneath the flint wheel so that the rod and the wheel are not touching.

  • If necessary, tap the unit to unhinge the steel rod

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Follow the steps backwards to reassemble the unit and check to see if the flint wheel is unstuck.
  • Follow the steps backwards to reassemble the unit and check to see if the flint wheel is unstuck.

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Conclusion

You have now fixed your flint wheel! Enjoy your Zippo Lighter!

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11 Comments

This made the problem even worse. The flint wheel is now unstuck but it can't make any sparks whatsoever.

Nabiel Wahedi - Reply

You need to replace the flint itself in that case.

jayanthkumarak - Reply

Wonderful instructions! AND IT WORKED! Thank you.

John Heard - Reply

Thanks! I fixed it!!

robbysmama1994 - Reply

It worked very good for me. Thank you!

Matei Galesanu - Reply

Where can I get a flint spring

Rick Newell - Reply

I just took a spring from an old bic. Worked perfect. Finding a screw to fit is my current dilemma…

Chris Boucher -

I just used an old bic spring. Now i just need a screw to hold it in place lol

Chris Boucher -

I accidently pulled the entire spring out now what do i do ;-;

Aaun - Reply

I accidently pulled the entire spring off

Aaun - Reply

Just push it back in. If you happen to need more flint, it sells really cheap on Amazon.

Sal Grant -

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