How To Change Bearings On A Skateboard
If you think your old bearings have just about had it and you want to ride on new ones, you'll need to figure out how to change the bearings on a skateboard. Changing the bearings on a skateboard isn't hard, and if you already know how to remove and clean your bearings, you're at an advantage. Here's the breakdown on changing your skateboard bearings.
- A ratchet wrench or skate tool
- A set of new bearings
- Use your ratchet wrench or skate tool to remove the nuts that hold your skateboard wheels in place. Take the wheels off your skateboard.
- Use the edge of your axle to gently pry the bearings out of your skateboard wheels. Insert the end of the axle into the hole in the middle of your bearing, but don't put it all the way through the whole wheel. You just need enough leverage to pop the bearing out.
- Put new bearings into your wheels. You should be able to push them in with your fingers or thumb. It'll be a tight fit, so you might need to use a tool to push the bearings in all the way. Don't push on the center of the bearing or on the bearing shield, as this could damage it. If you use bearing spacers, put one in each wheel, in between the bearings.
- Put the wheels back on your skateboard. Tighten the nuts that attach your skateboard wheels to their axles. Your wheels should be able to turn, but you shouldn't be able to rattle them from side to side on the axle.