How to Clean Skateboard Bearings

How to Clean Skateboard Bearings

Maintenance On Skateboard Bearings

Bearings are the most sensitive components of the skateboard and should be cared for thoroughly. Bearings that are being properly maintained will make skating more enjoyable and easier. It will also ensure that the skateboard does not incur other damages as easily.

Shielded And Sealed Bearings

Every skateboard bearing has casings that protect the inside pieces of the bearings from water. They come in two distinct forms that are known as shielded or sealed bearings.

Sealed bearings, as their name implies, are covered. The coverings cannot be taken off and cleaned. Sealed bearings are prominent in skateboards that are cheaper than other high-end varieties. Regardless of their intention, they can trap in dirt and moisture easier than shielded bearings. On the other hand, shielded bearings are often found on mid-level priced skateboards. They typically have caps that can be taken off so that the rider can clean and oil the internal parts of the bearings. If the cap is to be removed, riders can use a pointed object such as a knife or safety pin. Some models also have caps placed around the inner cap of the bearings. Most skateboards today will feature bearings that do allow for caps to be taken off. Even while they do not have to be removed for lubricating the inside parts, it is advised since cleaning will allow the lubricant to envelop all of the inside pieces.

Servicing Skateboard Bearings

Take off the bearings from each of the wheels. Unscrew the axles with an Allen wrench and unfasten the bearings out of the sides of the wheels. There will be two bearings on each wheel facing in opposite directions that total to 16 in number.

After the bearings have been removed, it allows the rider to do several key servicing procedures to the skateboard. The first step is to clean the bearings by wiping each bearing off with a cloth or paper towel of some sort. Doing this will eliminate buildups of grime and dirt. It is also recommended that bearing cleaner be purchased for this step as well. They are usually sold as either aerosol spray cans or solutions in which the bearings are completely soaked in the cleaning liquid. If no cleaner is available for the owner in this step, a basic dry clean with the cloth can be done. In any case, never use water to clean the bearings. It will cause extensive damage to the bearings themselves in a relatively short period of time. Owners should not add water to the cloth, even a slight dampening can lead to rusting.

In the event that riders have serviceable bearings, they can likewise choose to clean and grease the insides of the bearings. In order to do this, the shield is first removed. Lubricating all of the bearings is important on the grounds that it is the thing that enables them to make turns easily. Furthermore, riders should understand that the lubricant that is placed inside the bearing will influence the speed, and that distinctive bearings sometimes utilize different types of oils. Grease is the standard type of lubricant, however.

Grease allows for rust buildup to refrain from happening yet isn’t as light as oil since it takes a slight measure of rubbing to dissolve oil to the best possible lubricant viscosity.

Another type of lubricant is gel, which is usually runnier. Gel oils sometimes can require more maintenance since they tend to dry out at a shorter period of time than standard lubricants. Alternative oils are not bad for the bearings but are usually not recommended for skateboards unless that is no other option available. One common mistake that first-time skateboarders can potentially make is using all-purpose lubricating oils for cleaning the bearings.

To grease up the bearings, the oil should be sprayed several times into the bearings themselves. It can also be used in drops if the oil is a simple pour on liquid. Owners should let the bearings sit for several minutes the coat all of the pieces, then wipe any abundance of grease off, taking care not to get any foreign objects into it. If too much of the lubricant is used, no harm should come of the bearings and a quick pat with the cloth should suffice.

In the third and final step, after the bearings have had some time to sit, they should be assembled back together if they were dismantled. At this point, they should be placed back into the wheels. The shields are then placed back on the outer part of the bearings if they were also moved, then the other bearing on the opposing side of the wheel. Next, the wheels are placed back on the frame and the axles are screwed. After this, all pieces should be back on as they should be properly done. The skateboard can then be rode as normal.

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James is a fitness expert who enjoys biking, swimming, and weight lifting. He is training to complete his first triathlon this fall!

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