Cleaning skateboard bearings don’t need a professional to do it. You can do it. It is a maintenance trick that you can do at home with the help of a screwdriver and a T-instrument. Cleaning your bearings regularly will help you have good skateboard bearings for another day of skateboarding.
When do you need to clean your bearings? You can do it quarterly or every 6 months. However, if you just skate during winter or just after the rain, it is a must to clean your bearings afterward. Keeping it mud free and dry will help your skateboard to maintain its speed without seizing up.
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Cleaning a Skateboard Bearings
Before deciding on cleaning your own skateboard bearings, you must prepare a few things. It means preparing not just your tools, but also your hands and mind in what you have to do. Here are some of the things that you need to prepare and do.
What tools you need
Before taking your bearings out of your skateboard, prepare the following tools first:
- Clean cloth or rag
- Knife blade
- Circlip plier
- Grease or cream
- Socket wrench
- Bearings lubricant
What to do
After preparing your tools, you can now start the clean it. Here are the steps that you need to do to have good bearings again.
Removing the bearings
To remove the bearings, you have to remove your skateboard’s wheel first. A socket wrench can make this job easier. Once the wheel is removed, take out bearings with a nose plier or a circlip plier.
When removing the bearing, make sure to keep the removed parts in one place. You can place it in a bowl or jar for safekeeping. Losing one part of your wheel or bearings is a no-no.
Cleaning the bearings
To clean off the bearings, start wiping it with a clean and dry cloth. Remove major grime and dirt. For hardened dirt, use solvent or a solution to clean it. If it is really dirty, you can prepare a solution and soak the bearings for 15 to 30 minutes.
For a cleaning solution, you can use acetone and grease cleaning solvent. If you don’t have a grease cleaning solvent, isopropyl alcohol also works. Add some water to your mixture, put it in a bowl, and leave your bearings to clean for 15 minutes to half an hour.
After soaking, take your bearings from the solution. Dry it using a clean cloth. Thoroughly cleaned bearings can help keep you maintain your skateboard bearings.
Greasing the bearings
Before tearing apart your skateboard to clean your bearings, make sure you have bearings lubricant. Your bearing lubricant will keep your bearings rust-free. It will also stretch the shelf life of your bearings.
Applying lubricant or re-lubing is a must every time you clean your bearings. Oil or grease will do. There are commercial lubricants that are specially made for skateboard bearings as well.
What can a lube do to your bearings? Depending on how much lube you apply, the movement of your bearings will depend on it. Lubes can make your bearings move faster. However, if your bearings move fast, it can make melt your wheels. Make sure you know the pros and cons when applying lubes to prevent damaging your skateboard.
Reattaching the bearings
With the lubes on, you can now reattach the bearings. Push the bearings to the skateboard truck where it came from. Make sure it fits well. Make sure to put it back the way it looked like before you tore it apart.
With the bearings back on its place, reattach the wheels of your skateboard. Test the wheels and make sure it moves seamlessly and freely.
Congratulations! You just proved how pro you are as a skateboard user.
Cleaning your skateboard bearings is a way to have good skateboard bearings. Your bearings can affect your skateboard’s performance. It can also affect the life of your skateboard in general.
The steps in cleaning skateboard bearings are very straightforward. If you have the necessary tools, the place to clean it, and the time to do it, you can make it part of your regular skateboard maintenance. It will not just make you feel responsible as a skateboarder, it will also help you understand more how your skateboard works.