After some time, grit and dust can gather in your skateboard bearings and degrade your capacity to pull some insane moves. Cleaning the skateboard bearing will reduce the typical wear-and-tear on your skateboard, enhance its speed, and keep the skateboard wheels from seizing up. The exact opposite thing you need is to hit the pavement. Fortunately, the procedure is straightforward to do at your home and no third party is needed.
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Gather the materials
To ensure that this job is done quickly and get you back on your skateboard wheels sooner, having the appropriate tools ready. The following are the necessary tools you will be needing:
- An attachment torque or tighten
- A skating apparatus (or T-instrument).
Free the bearings from the wheels
The bearing is located at the core of the wheel attached to the skateboard trucks and is circular. Subsequent removal of the wheels, you can tenderly use a screwdriver to pry out the bearings or use a needle-nose plier to pry it out carefully. Other methods to carry this out include the followings:
- If you do not have a too available for use, you will need to put the wheel on the truck as if you are attaching it, only that one bearing goes on the wheel truck. At that point wedge out the bearing, utilizing the truck for support.
- You would find an additional spacer with some boards between the bearings. This additional spacer is called a speed ring. You should remove it after releasing the first bearing.
- If there is no bearing puller, you can make use of a metal rod (thin enough to go through the bearing opening where the axle also goes in). When inserting the metal rod, touch the bearing on the other side and carefully tap the metal rod with a mallet or hammer. In any case, you may damage your bearing if you are not careful enough when doing this.
Cleaning the bearings
The next thing is to remove the worn out crap and grease from your bearing race. This is the primary reason you dismembered your skateboard. Methylated spirit is the best bet for this, or just soak the bearings in alcohol or some solvent. You can also use a spray-on degreaser to blast out all the crap from your bearings to significant impact. Lemon juice functions admirably too! Soak all your bearings in your preferred fluid and try to put the bearings in a closed jar. Shake out the bejeezus from them for around two minutes, then rinse the bearings with some cleaner solvent.
Spraying the bearings
To spray your bearings, just hold a bearing between two fingers and liberally spray the bearing with citrus cleaner. The typical citrus cleaner will break up and evacuate built-up dirt without damaging any bearing material. After thoroughly spraying and spinning the bearing, you can use a clean, soft rag to dry the bearing thoroughly.
Soak the bearings
Fill up a bowl or container with a citrus cleaner, then drop your bearings into the liquid. Ensure that, the bearings are fully submerged into the cleaner. Now, you have to leave the bearing in the cleaner for 5 minutes after which you will remove them from the container. Spin the bearing to be sure that the whole bearing is exposed to the cleaner. Then, use a soft rag to remove any remaining dirt and let the bearings dry entirely. Consider utilizing a compressed air camp or hair dryer to dry the bearings also. Doing this would ensure that no rust formation is left inside the bearing race.
Grease up the bearings
After drying the bearings thoroughly, they should be greased up. A few lubricants that function admirably for skateboard bearings are sewing machine oils, skate bearing grease, or electronic oils. They perform well because they are thinner oils made particularly for small parts that are engaged in a lot of movement.
Apply just 2 to 3 drops of oil per bearing. When you’ve applied the oil, spin all the bearings to ensure they all have a touch of the oil. Use a clean paper towel to wipe off excess oil from the outside of the bearings. You must keep the following in mind in greasing up the bearings:
- Too much greasing can seize up the bearing instead of influencing it to move smoothly. If all else fails, the less greasing, the better.
- Try not to grease up your bearings using thick oils. Stay away from lubricants such as vegetable oil, olive oil or car oil.
Reinsert the bearings
Reinsert the bearings into the skateboard wheels by pushing each bearing intensely into the wheel the extent that you are capable. Drive home the bearings by pushing down the wheel onto a truck as firm as possible. In the event that your skateboard came outfitted with the speed ring (bearing spacer), keep in mind to place this between the bearings just the way it was.
Reattach the wheels
Since the bearings are now in the wheels as deep as they could, put the wheels back to their proper place, which is the trucks. Make sure to put one washer on every side of the board wheel. At that point, tighten the nuts and bolts until you are certain that the wheels are firm and not stiff. After reattaching the wheels back to the truck, they should jiggle slightly.
Learning how to clean skateboard bearings is more straightforward than you could have imagined. Skateboard bearings typically last for a while if adequate maintenance is given. If you usually ride your skateboard through a few puddles or in the rain then cleaning and lubricating them may be a good idea to stop them from rusting too quickly. Cleaning your bearings like this every once in a while will ensure your skateboard last longer and also enhance your skateboarding experience – meaning you will have a fabulous time on your skateboard. Once you discover that your skateboard isn’t running smoothly again, at that point, cleaning of bearings is required.