How To Clean Skateboard Bearings?

how to clean skateboard bearings

Over time, dust and grit can collect in your skateboard’s bearings and hurt your ability to shred some sick moves. Regular maintenance is important if you want your skate bearings to last. Minor difficulties may be resolved by pouring a few drops of lubrication over the outer surface of each bearing and spinning them. Luckily, the process is easy enough to do at home.

 Tips: 

  • People sometimes think that they need to clean their skateboard wheels, but they only need to clean their bearings.
  • If your skateboard bearings have metal shields, you won’t be able to clean inside them, but it’s still a good idea. Step by step, you can easily bring them back to life if they have rubber or no shields.
  1. Gather the materials you need.

This job needs to be done quickly so that you can get back on your board as soon as possible. To do this, you need the right tools at hand. Things You’ll Need is where you’ll find the things you need. You’ll also need a bearing pole.

  • Skate tool
  • Tray to storage hardware
  • Sharpener or safety pin
  • Rag or toothbrush
  • Solvent
  • Container or bowl for solvent
  • Bearing lubricant
  1. Take the skateboard’s wheels off of it, then put it back together.

A socket wrench, ratchet, or skate tool can be used to loosen the nuts that hold the wheels in place. Your board may need to be steady and you may need to apply a lot of pressure to get the bolts to come off.

  1. Remove the parts and store them in a safe place.

Working on your board can make it easy to lose or misplace a nut, washer, or other parts. To avoid this, you might want to put the parts you don’t need to work in a plastic bag.

It is important to have a bolt and one to two bearing washers for each wheel that is taken off.

  1. Take the bearings off of the wheels and put them in a new place.

The bearing will be in the middle of the wheel, and it will be round. Remove the wheels, and then use a screwdriver to gently pry out the bearings. You can also use needle-nose pliers to carefully remove the bearings, but be careful.

To put the wheel on the truck, put it on like you’re attaching it. Make sure only one bearing (out of the two for that wheel) goes on the truck, though. Then, with the help of the truck, push the bearing out.

  • Some boards have an extra spacer between the bearings called a speed ring, and it helps them go faster. After you free the first bearing, you should take this one off.
  • To remove a bearing, you can use something called a “bearing puller.” If you don’t have one, you can use a thick metal rod (thin enough to fit through where an axle usually goes through) and gently hit it with a hammer. However, this could damage the bearings, so you need to be very careful about what you do.

Clean the Bearings

1.Get rid of the big dirt and grime.

You should be careful when you do this. You do not want to grind dirt into the bearings. Clean the bearings with a dry rag or paper towel to get rid of all the visible dirt.

To help cut through the grime, put some solvent on a rag or paper towel, and rub it in.

  1. Make a solution to clean your body.

When you have a clean bucket or bowl, fill it up with acetone or a grease-cleaning solvent. Mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol do a good job, aren’t as harsh as some cleaners, and aren’t as expensive as some other cleaners. • If you decide to use acetone, make sure you wear gloves because this solvent is very strong. Keep in mind that not all of your roommates want you to use acetone. You may want to use a more gentle solvent instead of acetone. Wear gloves when you work with acetone!

It may take a little longer for the bearings to be clean if you use a milder solvent, like mineral spirits.

3. Bearing shield caps can be popped off at this point.

Use a pin, a paperclip, or the point of a knife to get the rubber shield off of the bearing. These caps usually come in black or red, but they can also be white or blue. You should be able to see small metal balls after you remove the cap. If you have trouble, try inserting the pointed object between the rubber cap and bearing housing, then gently pry until the cap comes free.

 

4. Soak the bearings in the solvent, and then put them back in.

Now the bearings are ready to be put in the cleaning solution. Five minutes: Swirl and then let them sit in the solvent for about ten minutes, then rinse them off with clean water.

  • If the grease solvent has darkened a lot, you might need to carefully drain the solvent and add some more to the bucket. Once they look clean, do this a few more times.

It’s time to get rid of the bearings and let them dry.

Before you remove the bearings, make sure there is a level, safe place where they can dry. A paper towel or rag should be placed on the ground. Remove the bearings, and let them dry for a long time.

Greasing and Putting the Bearings back together

1.Speed up the drying process.

To dry the bearings, let them soak in water for about 10 minutes Canned air can help speed this up. It’s time to spray some canned air into the bearing’s open side. In this case, if it doesn’t move, spin the bearing with your finger and then spray the air while the bearing is already spinning.

2.Spread the lubricant.

It is best to use lubricant that is made for skateboard bearings. You should only need two or three drops of lubricant in each of the two or three bearings. After applying the lubricant, spin the bearing to make sure the lubricant gets into every part of it.

  • Don’t use: cooking oil, motor oil, or anything else that could make the bearings get dirty or make them stick. It also doesn’t work well. WD-40 lasts for only a short time, and it can dry out the bearings and make the lubricant not work.
  • Instead, use a Teflon-based lubricant instead of one that is silicone-based.
  1. Change the bearing shields.

Keep an eye on the seal between the bearing shield and bearing. The shields should pop into place without too much trouble. Make sure there are no gaps.

  1. Put the bearings back in.

As far as you can, push each bearing firmly into the wheel with your finger so that it goes into the wheel as far as you can. When you push the wheel down on a skateboard truck as hard as you can, the bearings will come home to the wheel.

  • If your board came with a bearing spacer (speed ring), don’t forget to put this between the bearings in the same way you found it.

5.Fit the wheels back on.

Now that the bearings are in the wheels as far as they can be, put the wheels back on the trucks. This is how it works: One washer should go on each side of the wheel. It’s also important that the wheels move a little when they’re reattached, but not too much.

6. If the wheels don’t fit right, make sure they aren’t loose.

Tightening a nut too much can make it hard for the wheel to move. Hand-test each wheel. Spin each one to make sure it moves freely.

A wheel may not spin or be hard to spin if you loosen the bolt that holds the wheel on to the truck.