How To Clean Bearings On A Skateboard
If you know how to clean the bearings on a skateboard, you can keep your bearings in good shape for longer. Clean, well-lubricated skateboard bearings pick up speed faster and hold onto it longer than dirty, grimy bearings. Follow these simple steps to clean your skateboard bearings.
- Two plastic cups
- Skateboard bearing lubricant
- A clean cotton cloth
- A paper clip
- A ratchet wrench or skate tool
- Rubbing alcohol
- Take the wheels off your skateboard. Loosen the nuts that hold your skateboard wheels in place with your ratchet wrench or skate tool. Set the nuts aside, along with any bearing washers, so you don't lose them.
- Use the end of your axle to pop the bearings out of your wheels. Stick the axle into the hole in each bearing, far enough so that it pokes through just the one bearing. Gently pull the wheel in a downward diagonal motion to pop the bearing out.
- Remove your bearings covers. Straighten a paper clip and use it to pry up the edges of your bearing covers. They should come off easily.
- Use one of your plastic cups to immerse the bearings in rubbing alcohol. This removes old grease and grime from the inside of the bearings. Let them soak for a few minutes. Remove them and spin several times to remove excess liquid.
- Let your bearings soak in skateboard bearing lubricant for a few minutes. Remove them, and wipe off excess grease with the cotton cloth. Spin the bearings a few times. Replace the bearing covers and put your bearings back into your wheels. Put your wheels back on your board.