How To Grease Skateboard Bearings
If you know how to grease your skateboard bearings, you'll be able to get more speed on your board and keep it for longer. Your bearings will last longer, as well. These simple steps show you how to clean and grease your skateboard bearings for better performance and longer life.
- Skateboard bearing lubricant
- A clean cotton cloth
- Rubbing alcohol
- Two disposable cups
- A paper clip
- A ratchet wrench or skate tool
- Remove the wheels from your skateboard. Use your skate tool or ratchet wrench to remove the nuts that attach your skateboard wheels to their axles. Set the nuts aside.
- Pry the bearings out of your skateboard wheels. Insert the end of your axle only slightly into the hole in the middle of each bearing, and pry gently upward to pop it out of the center of the wheel.
- Straighten the paper clip and use it to pop off the skateboard bearing covers. Be careful. Set the bearing covers aside.
- Fill one of your disposable cups halfway with rubbing alcohol and immerse the bearings for a few minutes. Rubbing alcohol removes old bearing lubricant, as well as dirt and grime, from your bearings. Remove your bearings from the rubbing alcohol and spin them a few times to remove excess liquid.
- Fill the other disposable cup with bearing lubricant and immerse your skateboard bearings for a few moments. Remove them, spin them a few times, and replace the bearing covers. They should pop back into place.
- Put your bearings back in your skateboard wheels and reattach the wheels to your skateboard. Your wheels shouldn't slide back and forth on the axle, but they should be loose enough to spin.