How To Fix Skateboard Bearings
If you need to know how to fix skateboard bearings, you've come to the right place. Cleaning and greasing your bearings so that they let your wheels roll faster isn't hard. Follow these simple steps.
- Silicone-based skateboard bearing lubricant
- Rubbing alcohol
- A ratchet wrench
- A clean cotton cloth
- Two plastic cups
- A straightened paper clip
- Use your ratchet wrench to remove the nut that keeps your skateboard wheels on the trucks. Remove the wheels.
- Use the end of your axle to gently pry the bearings out of your skateboard. Carefully pry off the bearing covers with a straightened paper clip.
- Clean your bearings by soaking them in rubbing alcohol. Use one of the plastic cups. Leave your skateboard bearings in the rubbing alcohol for a few minutes. Then spin them until they're dry. Make sure there isn't any dust or debris in your bearings.
- Immerse the bearings in skateboard bearing lubricant. Use one of the plastic cups. Leave the bearings in the lubricant for several minutes.
- Remove your bearings from the lubricant. Wipe off any excess with the cotton cloth. Spin the bearings several times to remove excess lubricant from the interior.
- Put your bearing cases back on. They should snap into place with little effort. Put your skateboard bearings back in your wheels. Replace the wheels and any spacers, and reattach the wheels to your skateboard with your ratchet wrench. The wheels should be loose enough to turn freely, but tight enough that you can't wiggle them back and forth on the axle.
Posted on: Apr. 13, 2010