To Clean and Change
Cleanings should technically be done at least once a
season, preferably at the beginning, and immediately
after any encounter with water, dirt, mud, sand, etc.
Changing your bearings should only be done when
you are sure that your bearings are no longer any good.
Since cleaning them requires that you remove
the bearings, this tutorial covers both aspects.
Small bowl or metal pan
Small cleaning brush (e.g.. toothbrush)
Rags or towels
Your Skate Bearings:
one wheel at a time to avoid confusion. Make sure
you place the same wheel back in the same spot. Use
an Allen key to remove the wheels bolts (axles) from
the skate unless a specialized tool is supplied. They
are attached to the spacers, so sometimes this is
a little tricky to synchronize. You must loosen both
simultaneously with most blades (pic #1).
Or else you may have a problem removing one of the
bolts (pic #2). You may have to re-insert
the other one and try again.
the bearings case from each wheel with an axle piece
or push out the spacer using an oversized Allen key
that fits into the bearings but not the spacer (pic
#3). Make sure not to damage the thread on the
inside of the spacer. Set aside the wheels and the
spacers which are found between the bearings in each
wheel (pic #4).
the end of your safety pin into the end of the C-ring
holding the shield onto the bearing. Gently pry the
C-ring up and towards the center of the bearing and
remove the shield taking care not to damage it (pic
#5). Some bearing are not serviceable so check
before ripping off the cover.
bearing in container or small bowl and flush with
the citrus cleaner to remove contaminants. Use small
cleaning brush to remove major particles. Repeat this
step if necessary by using new clean solvent to re-rinse
bearing. Gently spin bearing and then place it on
paper towel to air dry.
the bearings are completely dry, apply 1 or 2 drops
of lubricant to inside of bearings case. Rotate bearings,
slowly working in lube around all moving parts (pic
shield by placing it on bearing. Slip one end of
C-ring around groove until it snaps into place.
bearing into wheels and then spin again to insure
lubrication is worked in. Make sure that the spacer
is inset between the two bearings inside the wheel
to tighten the nuts securely when installing your
wheels to your skates.
are now ready for a much smoother ride.
NOTE: Use extreme caution whenever working with solvents.
Bearing cleaners are not for human consumption and are