How To Fix Trucks On A Skateboard
If you are an avid skateboarder, then you need to know how to fix trucks on a skateboard. They are the most common part of a skateboard that will eventually need to be fixed, or they will break. This is especially true for you skateboarders who get a lot of air and come down hard when you land. Why take your board to a shop and pay a premium price to have it fixed when you can perform most basic repairs yourself?
To fix your skateboard's trucks, you will need:
- A skateboard key or hex key
- Penetrating oil
- A hammer
- New bushings
- New trucks
- On the underside of your skateboard, remove the kingpin by loosening it. The kingpin is the large bolt that holds the trucks in place. Use a skateboard key or hex key. Repeat the process for the other truck if necessary. If needed, use penetrating oil to help stuck bolts.
- Remove the truck hanger, which holds the wheels and axles in place on your skateboard. If the truck hanger is damaged, then the entire truck assembly has to be replaced.
- Inspect the truck kingpin and bushing. If these are worn out or damaged, then simply replace them. The truck assembly won't need to be replaced as a whole unit.
- Replace the hanger or install the new one. Use the screwdrivers to do this. Tighten down the kingpin.
- If the trucks are still loose, use the screwdrivers to tighten down the four bolts, which hold them to the bottom of the board. Now you are ready to ride!
Knowing how to fix trucks on a skateboard and other simple repairs will make sure you are always ready to hit the pavement without worrying about your board.