How to clean the bearings on your electric skateboard
After a period of skateboarding, you will probably feel that your bearings are no longer as smooth as they were at the beginning. That's because soil, sand, dirt in the process of sliding into the bearings makes us feel they are creaking, dry, when rolling, we will hear the sound of metal and sand rubbing against each other.
That's when you need to clean and oil your bearings. For more details please refer to the Step-by-step instructions on how to clean the bearings on your e-board by eSkateBuddy's opinion on Tumblr.
However, this is also a difficult technique, because if you are not good at it, it is easy to make it more stuck, so I will show you how to maintain your bearings step by step.
First, you'll need some rags, towels, or paper towels, a skate tool or wrench, a tray to store hardware, isopropyl based alcohol, bearing lubricant- this will get messy, so if you're going to clean the bearings in the living room of your house, make sure you put in plenty of towels.
Step 1: Remove Wheels and Bearings.
To begin, remove the wheels from the vehicle axles. Remove axle nuts, slide the wheels halfway on the axle with the bearings still in place, then twist the wheels to the outside to take them down. Pry the bearings out of the wheels using a screwdriver. The shields should then be removed with a sharp tool such as a knife, razor blade, or safety pin.
Step 2: Soak the Bearings in the Cleaning Solvent for a few minutes.
Take your container and fill it with some isopropyl alcohol/cleansing alcohol. Using this pure alcohol will help to evaporate almost instantly from the bearings without rusting. Place all bearings in the alcohol container, close the lid tightly and shake the can vigorously for 30 seconds - 1 minute. After that, you should rinse them with clean water and dry them on a clean paper towel. Visit eSkateBuddy on Deviantartif you want to keep yourself updated with the news from the e-skateboarding community.
Step 3: Grease.
On your index finger, add a little amount of greases, such as bicycle grease, marine oil, silicone, or lithium grease, to the balls until they are equally covered.
Step 4: Reassemble
Replace the shield on the bearing with care. After that, rub your greasy fingers around the shield to keep it moist and prevent it from rusting if it's a metal shield. When reassembling parts, keep in mind that the speed washer should continue to operate first, followed by bearings that will be half-inside on one side, gaskets, bearings second, second speed washer, and lastly a nut. Carry on with the remaining three wheels in the same manner. EskateBuddy on Youtube will take you step by step through this process.
You've now completed the cleaning and lubrication of your bearings. Before inserting the bearings into the wheels, wipe any remaining grease from the exterior of the bearings.
You should clean them at least once a month if you use esk8 often. Above are the steps to clean e-board bearings. I hope it will be useful to you. Keep "your treasure always gorgeous".