After new bearings are opened from packaging and put into a skateboard wheel, they are immediately vulnerable to corrosion as they’re exposed to a variety of things. So at some point of time, you need to lubricate your bearings.
This is a guide on how to pull apart your skateboard bearings, clean it, lubricate it and finally set up the pieces again. As you do it, you will realize the whole process is dead simple.
Lubricating Skateboard Bearings
Before we dive into the steps, one thing to keep in mind that this guide is not always meant to work. When your bearing doesn’t spin, or maybe it hardly spins, it means the bearing is broken and you gotta replace it for best performance.
Step 1- Necessary Items
Before you start, you need to get some things at hand;
Step 2 - Pulling Apart
Disassemble the dirty bearings from your skateboard wheel. Pop the seals by any sharp object like a ballpoint pen or staple corner. In this way, you can easily pop the rubber or metal seals off from the bearing.
Step 3- Cleaning
Pour some acetone in your bowl and submerge the bearings in it. The solution will clean them in a minute. Then clean them dry with a paper towel.
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Step 4 - Greasing
Add 2-3 drops of grease in between the balls. Make sure not to apply heavy grease as they gather more dirt on the bearing balls, use something light.
Do not use household 3-in-1 grease or petrol or any heavy lubricant, they’re meant to be used to lubricate larger machines and not on something small and fast like a skate wheel.
After applying grease, use your fingers and roll the balls in a circular motion to properly cover on all sides and then put the seal on it. Apply a little grease on the seal and metal surface around the bearing to keep it rust free as well.
Now check the spinning. If that sounds smooth, you’re good to go.
Step 5 - Reassembly
Reassemble the skate wheel with the freshly lubed bearing. And test the smoothness of riding again. Do this from time to time.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Should I have WD40 on my bearings?
Ans - You shouldn’t. Using lubes on the exterior will get more dirt on the surface of it.
2. How do I know when I need new bearings?
Ans - Open your bearings and spin them. If you hear a hissing noise coming, it means it’s gotten dry and old. But it doesn’t mean you should buy a new one immediately. Lube it well and then check it, if it sounds good then you can use it for some days.
3. If I get premium bearings, will that make the ride faster?
Ans - No. You should rather get some good wheels as they play a vital role in determining the speed you ride.
So this was our talk on the easiest way how you can lubricate your skateboard bearings in minutes. Follow the steps and I am sure as heaven you will feel the process effortless. Thanks me now or later, you have got yourself some real help.