The most important part of a skateboard is its bearings. They provide the wheels with friction, which means that they stop quickly when you touch them or apply pressure to it while riding on one side – allowing for controlled turns without sliding out from under your feet! If you want great performance, then it’s crucial that you keep them clean and reliable. Dirty bearings can lower their performance by up to 40% so it’s important to do regular maintenance on your equipment so they don’t die out when you need them most! You can’t just skateboard all day, every day without your bearings slowing down.
The best way to clean skateboard bearings is with a cheap cleaning kit. They are inexpensive or you can make one at home too if you don’t mind spending the time on them. The standard cleaners usually work by pulling dirty gunk out of them through centrifugal force.
STORE THE REMOVED PARTS IN A SAFE PLACE.
From here, all you do is take apart each bearing with a few screwdrivers or skate tools until it is completely empty. Once all of the pieces are separated, you should keep these parts in a safe place.
REMOVE THE SKATEBOARD’S WHEELS.
Unscrew the bolts located on the side of each wheel. Pull the wheels out and set them aside in a safe place. Use your skate tool or two screwdrivers to pop off the top part of the bearing that is exposed in between the two sides. This piece can be tough so use caution when pulling it up with your tools.
REMOVE THE RAGS FROM EACH BEARING
With a rag or paper towel, remove any dirt or dust inside of each bearing. It’s important to make sure there are no foreign particles left in the area before continuing.
REMOVE THE RUBBER SEAL
Take the seal off of each bearing. There are specially designed tools to help with this, but you can also use a safety pin or razor blade if you don’t want to purchase one. Be very careful while doing so to avoid any damage! Pushing too hard will cause you injury and harm the inner workings of each bearing.
REMOVE THE BEARINGS FROM EACH HUB
Take out each individual bearing from each hub using your fingers if possible. If they are really stuck in their place, use a screwdriver to pry them back and forth a few times until they come out. If you’re having a hard time doing it by hand, find a screwdriver with a wider end and twist the end into the center of the bearing until you can feel that it’s loose enough to pull out.
Rinse each part of each bearing in solvent one by one. Using an old toothbrush or rag, wipe off the excess dirt and debris from each part until they look squeaky clean. Make sure there is no dirt left behind in each bearing, especially around the sides near the rubber seal!
LUBRICATE EACH BEARING
After they dry completely (you can speed up this process using a hairdryer), lubricate each bearing with your preferred lubricant. You’ll want to use your fingers for this since they are the best tool to apply it evenly across the whole bearing.
GREASING AND REASSEMBLYING THE BEARINGS
After the cleaning process you will need to reassemble your bearings. Depending on your preference, you can either grease them before or after you put them back together.
Pop each part back into place in reverse order from which you took them out. Make sure that each bearing is fully lubricated and there are no excess air bubbles. To make this easier, you can use the packaging of each bearing as a guide to show you where all of the parts go.
INSTALL THE BEARINGS BACK INTO EACH HUB
Reinstall each bearing into its respective hub with your skate tool or screwdriver. Be sure to tighten each bolt until it is very snug, but not too tight that you damage the bearings or your skateboard.
Roll your skateboard with all your might to spread the lubricant and increase how smoothly it rolls! If you did everything correctly, then your bearings should feel like new, and be prepared for another grueling day of skateboarding.
Skateboarding is a sport and passion for many and cleaning and maintaining the equipment is essential. There are several ways to clean skateboard bearings, depending on how dirty or how much work needs to be done already. Doing it right ensures that the bearings last as long as possible, which is crucial when you invest in such an important part of the skateboard.