How to clean bearings with household items?

how to clean skateboard bearings

Every two to three months, as a roller hockey player, you should clean the bearings on your skates. It doesn’t take a lot of mechanical know-how to do this job either. Inline skate wheels can be cleaned at home with a little patience and the right tools. Before you do anything, make sure you have your tools, container, cleanser, and lubricant ready to go! Make sure you are working on a hard, non-porous surface before you start.

Clean your bearings with the help of the following things.

  • A work surface that is abrasive
  • A prying tool for the purpose of removing the bearing shields
  • A wheel tool with an inline design for removing the bearings
  • Purpose-built bearing cleaner and lubricant
  • A dry cloth or paper towel

When you want to clean your skate bearings, there are three simple steps you need to follow:

I.Skate Disassembly

1. Using an inline skate tool, remove the wheel from the skate.
Find two or three bolts that go through the middle of the skate wheel and the skate base. Skate tool: Put the end of the tool into the middle of the bolt and turn it counterclockwise. • An inline skate tool is a long, T-shaped piece of equipment with a strong handle and a thin, 4-mm-wide Allen wrench. You should be able to loosen and remove the bolts with little work. Some skate shops have them for sale. You can also buy them online.

  • If the wheel is held in place by two separate bolts, use two skate tools at the same time.
  • Keep the bolts in a separate container so they don’t get mixed up and get lost.

2. With the long end of your skate tool, pull the first bearing out of the wheel.
With one hand, hold the skate tool and the wheel. Tilt the skate tool 45 degrees and insert it into the center of the wheel with the blade facing the wheel itself. Use the tool’s long end to find the opposite side of the bearing. When that’s done, move the skate tool around a little bit so that the bearing comes out of the wheel. You can also use an in-line skate tool to take your bearings out of your skates. These are three-pronged tools for skates.
3. Take the spacer out of the center of the wheel, then put the wheel back on.
Examine your bearings for a small piece of metal that looks like a tube. You can use this to keep your skate wheels from sticking together when you change the axles. To get the spacer out, turn the wheel over and gently shake it out until it comes out.

  • Make sure that you separate the spacer from your screws.

4. Using the base of your skate tool, pry the second bearing off your wheel.
The skate tool was pushed through the hole in the wheel that was left when the bearing was removed at the start of the process. This is how to fix the skate tool: With your palm, firmly push on the handle of the skate tool. This should make the second bearing come straight out.
5. Use a thumbtack to remove the rubber bearing shields.
Rubber shields come in a specific color and fit very well around the outside of the bearing. You can use a thumbtack as a lever by putting the sharp end into the edge of the shield. Some time soon, the rubber shield should separate from the other parts of the bearing.
Remove the bearing shields from your other tools, like spacers and screws, so that you can work on them on their own.
6. With a thin, sharp tool, remove the C-ring to remove the metal bearing shields.
You can see it on the edge of the bearing. It’s made of metal, and it’s in the shape of a “C.”. Pry the ring open with the sharp end of the pointy tool and tap the bearing on a hard surface to dislodge the metal shield.

  • A thumbtack is an excellent tool for this.
  • Certain metal bearing shields may be sealed, making removal difficult. If such is the case, you may skip this step.

II.Bearing Soaking and Lubrication

  1. Fill an empty jar with your bearings.

Take a clean jar big enough to accommodate all of your bearings. It makes no difference whether they are face-up or face-down, as long as the bottom is flat.

  • Alternatively, an empty milk jug works nicely for this.
  1. Use a specific bearing cleaning to coat the bearings.

Directly over the bearings, pour the cleaner until they are totally saturated and immersed. You are not required to completely fill the container.

  • Clean skate bearings using a product formulated exclusively for skate bearings. This item is available for purchase online or at a dedicated skate store.
  1. Jiggle the jar to thoroughly clean your bearings.

Secure the lid of the jar firmly. Then, shake the jar vigorously. Continue shaking the jar until the cleaner seems dirty and grimy—this is a good indication that you’ve displaced a significant amount of dirt, oil, and grease. Then, pour out the used cleaning liquid, refill the jar, and shake vigorously again until the liquid remains clear.

  1. Empty the cleaner of the bearings and place them on a paper towel.

Put on gloves to avoid direct contact with the cleaning agents. After that, place all of the clean bearings on the paper towel.

  • Alternatively, you may lift and slide the clean bearings out of the jar using a thin, sharp item.
  1. Spin and tap your bearings to ensure they are free of debris.

Between your thumb and pointer finger, grasp each bearing. Begin rotating the wheel with your opposite pointer finger—ideally, the bearing should spin smoothly and freely. While you’re at it, tap the bearing on the paper towel to remove any remaining dirt, oil, or grease.

  1. Using a cloth and an air compressor, dry your clean bearings.

All bearings should be laid flat on the paper towel. Using a clean cloth, pat each bearing dry, and then spray a can of pressurized air straight into and around each bearing.

  1. Fill each bearing with 1-2 drops of bearing oil.

Then, using your fingers, rotate the bearings around to distribute the oil more evenly.

  • Bearing oil aids in the smooth operation of your bearings.
  • Skate bearing oil may be purchased online or at a speciality skate shop.

III.Reconstitution the Skates

  1. Replace the rubber protection above the bearing.

The seal should be centered squarely on top of the bearing, aligned with the grooves and edges. Then, using your fingers, firmly put the shield into place.

  1. On top of the metallic shield, replace it with the C-ring.

On top of the skate bearing, place the metallic ring. Then, reattach the C-ring to the top edge.

  1. Using your thumbs, insert the first bearing into the wheel.

With the bearing shield facing up, place it at the center of the wheel. Put your thumbs on each side of the bearing and firmly press to reinstall it.

If the bearing does not fully engage, use your skate tool to press it into position.

  1. Flip the wheel over and center the spacer.

Ascertain that the spacer is upright and sitting along the first bearing’s center.

  1. Using your thumbs, press the second bearing into position.

Place the bearing on the spacer, centered in the wheel. As previously, use your thumbs to reposition the bearing.

  1. Using bolts and a skate tool, reattach the wheel to your skate.

Reinstall the wheel in its appropriate location on your skate. With your skate tool (or skate tools), re-twist the bolts into place until the wheel feels snug and secure. As a last check, use your finger to spin the wheel to ensure that everything is operating properly.

  • Some skaters propose grouping your wheels according to their spin speed; in other words, place the slowest spinning wheels beside the quickest spinning wheels.