How to Clean Skateboard Bearings

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Skateboarding is a fun and exciting sport that requires a lot of maintenance to keep your skateboard in good condition. One of the most important parts of your skateboard to maintain is the bearings. Bearings are small metal balls that allow your wheels to spin smoothly and efficiently. Over time, dirt and debris can build up in your bearings, causing them to become slow and less responsive. In this article, we will show you how to properly clean your skateboard bearings, so you can keep your skateboard running smoothly.

 

Gather Materials

Before you begin cleaning your skateboard bearings, make sure you have all the necessary materials on hand. You will need a small container, such as a plastic bag or small bowl, a cleaning solution (such as mineral spirits or denatured alcohol), a small brush or toothbrush, and some lubricant (such as bearing oil or skate wax).

 

Removing The Bearings

  • First, remove the wheels from the skateboard by using a skateboard Tool or an Allen wrench.
  • Next, use a bearing removal tool or a flathead screwdriver to gently pop out the bearings from the wheel. Be careful not to damage the bearings or the wheel during this step.
  • Once the bearings are removed, place them in a small container filled with a cleaning solution. This can be a specialized bearing cleaner or a mixture of warm water and mild soap.
  • Let the bearings soak for at least 10 minutes in the cleaning solution.
  • Use a small brush or toothbrush to gently scrub the bearings, removing any dirt or debris.
  • Rinse the bearings thoroughly with clean water and dry them off with a clean cloth.
  • Once the bearings are clean and dry, place a few drops of oil or lubricant on them to ensure smooth operation.
  • Reinstall the bearings back into the wheels and reattach the wheels to the skateboard. Your bearings are now clean and ready to use.

 

Cleaning The Bearings

  1. Remove the wheels from the skateboard: Use the appropriate tool, such as a skateboard tool or a socket wrench, to remove the nuts or bolts that hold the wheels in place. Carefully pull the wheels off the axles.
  2. Remove the bearings from the wheels: Hold the wheel in one hand and use the other hand to gently push out the bearings. They should come out easily.
  3. Clean the bearings: Use a small brush, such as a toothbrush, to remove any dirt or debris from the bearings. You can also use a small amount of cleaning solution, such as rubbing alcohol, to clean the bearings.
  4. Dry the bearings: Use a clean cloth or paper towel to dry the bearings after cleaning. Make sure they are completely dry before reassembling the skateboard.
  5. Reassemble the skateboard: Carefully place the bearings back into the wheels, making sure they are seated properly. Replace the wheels onto the axles and secure them with nuts or bolts.
  6. Lubricate the bearings: Apply a small amount of lubricant, such as bearing oil or skateboard lubricant, to the bearings. This will help them spin smoothly and reduce friction.
  7. Test the skateboard: Spin the wheels and make sure they are spinning smoothly. If they are, your bearings are clean and lubricated and your skateboard is ready to ride.

 

Reassemble The Bearings

Once you have finished cleaning the bearings, it is time to reassemble them back into your skateboard. Begin by placing one bearing into the inner race of the wheel hub. Next, place the axle through the center of the bearing and into the wheel hub. Repeat this process for the other bearing, making sure that the bearings are seated properly in the wheel hub. Once both bearings are in place, gently press the wheel onto the axle, making sure that the wheel is flush with the bearings. Repeat this process for the other wheel. Your skateboard is now ready to ride! Remember to regularly maintain and clean your bearings to keep them in good working condition.

 

Maintenance

  • Clean the bearings: Use a small brush or toothbrush to remove any dirt, dust, or debris that may have accumulated on the bearings.

 

  • Lubricate the bearings: Apply a small amount of lubricant to the bearings, being careful not to over-lubricate. This will help to keep the bearings running smoothly and reduce friction.

 

  • Check for wear: Inspect the bearings for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice any cracks or other damage, it may be time to replace the bearings.

 

  • Tighten the axle nuts: Make sure that the axle nuts are tight and secure. This will help to keep the bearings in place and prevent them from coming loose.

 

  • Store the skateboard in a dry place: Avoid storing your skateboard in a damp or humid environment, as this can cause the bearings to rust and degrade.

 

  • Regularly check the bearings: It is recommended to check the bearings every few months to ensure they are in good working condition. This will help to extend the life of the bearings and keep your skateboard running smoothly.

 

Conclusion

To clean the bearings on a skateboard, you will need a few tools and supplies, including a skate tool, a bearing cleaning solution, and a clean rag or paper towel. Begin by removing the wheels from the skateboard, and using the skate tool to remove the axle nuts. Then, using the cleaning solution and rag or paper towel, gently clean the bearings, making sure to remove any dirt or debris. Once the bearings are clean, dry them off with a clean rag or paper towel and reassemble the wheels. Repeat this process periodically to ensure that your skateboard runs smoothly and that your bearings last as long as possible.

Josh Mitchell

Josh Mitchell

"I live and breath boardriding"

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