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Like it or not, the bearings in your skateboard wheels will usually sustain corrosion and become incapacitated. The only way in which you may guarantee the functioning of the bearings indefinitely is by removing and replacing them with brand new ones. This is especially the case if the bearings can no longer function optimally even after prolonged and repeated greasing and lubrication.
This problem may arise at any day and. It is, therefore, necessary that you acquaint yourself with the various ways and means of removing the bearings out of the skateboard wheels. We are here to get you started in this. We will explore this subject in greater details in the proceeding discussions.
Before you embark on the process of getting bearings out of the skateboard wheels, you will have to gather the various materials and tools necessary for the job. Listed below are some of the tools and materials you have to arm yourself with. You can never even contemplate doing a good job without incorporating them in your armory.
Tools and materials required
- Skate tool
- Bag or small container
- 1/2-inch socket wrench
- Truck axle
- Face mask
You now have to adhere faithfully to the procedures outlined and stipulated below. They delineate the step-by-step procedures that you will have to follow to actualize the undertaking. Do not even attempt to skip any process or step, as this might compromise the quality of the outcome.
Step I: Remove the wheels
Start off by detaching the wheels from the rest of the skateboard. Use a skate tool, 1/2-inch socket wrench, or a ratchet to do so. Chances are that your skateboard will have some special bearing shields. If this is the case, you will also have to remove them.
Be elaborate and slow while doing this. This is because you will most likely injure yourself in case you do so in haste. Also, remove one wheel at a time to avoid unnecessary confusion. Take some brief rests in between if you have to. Better take longer and have it right than rush and end up in a mess.
After you have completely detached the wheels from the rest of the skateboard, place them in the small container or the bag. Do this to the two washers and the nut. You will need them later when you shall be re-assembling the wheels after replacing the bearings.
Step II: Hook on the Truck Axle
Hook the wheel back to the truck axle. Do not make it too tight as this might interfere with the subsequent operations. Instead, slide it only gently enough as to fit seamlessly. Try to test the tightness before proceeding to the subsequent steps.
This procedure is significant as it determines the manner in which the removal of the bearings shall be carried out later. The truck axle is the tool that you will use to remove the bearings one by one later.
Step III: Pry off the Bearing
This is the core of the entire process. It is at this stage that you will get rid of the bearings from the skateboard. Using the truck axle, pry off the bearings one at a time. Be slow and meticulous as you do so. This is to prevent damaging the various parts and components of the skateboard. It is also necessary to prevent the bearings from straying off widely and even getting lost altogether.
If you get stuck, you may wish to consult an expert or a friend to help you out. The significance of this step is too important to downplayed or ignored altogether. Do not forget to preserve the bearing and any other outlying parts of the skateboard in the small container you carried along.
Step IV: Repeat the above processes for the bearings on the other side of the wheel.
Once you are through with getting rid of the bearings from one wheel, proceed to the next wheel and do the same. Follow the same procedures and exercise the same degrees of caution you did previously. This is to see you maintain all the bearings in the best shapes, forms, and sizes at all times.
Do not forget also to well use the small container or the bag you carried along. You want to preserve the bearings and the associated parts and components intact.
PS: Please note that each manufacturer has its own set of rules and regulations that govern the removals of bearings. To be on the safe side, you definitely want to familiarize yourself with these rules and regulations. You do not want to confront unnecessary problems, mishaps, and inconveniences in juggling your way.
Remember also to put on the protective attire. Be sure to wear a suitable apron, overall, gas mask, and gloves. This is to protect you from the various problems that ordinarily arise while implementing such a noble undertaking.
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Please note that you can still reuse the bearings of your skateboard even after replacing them. To do this, take the bearings to a workshop, a mechanic store or a skateboard shop. These people have the expertise and the experience needed to recycle the bearings. Also, do not forget to tidy the place where you removed the bearings for the sake of not inconveniencing or disparaging the other users.
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