How to Clean Skateboard/longboard Bearings

Introduction: How to Clean Skateboard/longboard Bearings

I've been riding my longboard as a means of transportation for 3 years. While riding 20 miles or more a week (through New York City) it was important for my bearings to be clean. Here I show the most efficient way I have found to clean bearings.

You will need:
1. Box cutter/sharp knife
2. Brake parts cleaner/degreaser
3. Ball bearing grease, 3 in 1, Sewing machine oil
4. Small flathead screwdriver

Step 1: Remove Shields From Bearings

After you pop out your bearings from the wheels, you must remove the shields to access the ball bearings inside. This can be done by using anything with a sharp pointy tip like a box cutter. Stick the tip into the inner ring and pull up.

Step 2: Cleaning

After you have removed the shield it is time to clean. The best is to use a degreaser with a long spray nozzle to blow out the dirt and grease. Place the bearings in a cup and blast away

Step 3: Greasing

This part might be a little controversial but after using all types of oils (3-1, Teflon coating) I have found that grease actually works better. It's a matter of opinion but through trial and error this is what I have found. Using a small flathead screwdriver, get little clumps of grease and put it into the bearing coating the top. The free spin is much much much slower but when you get out on the road it makes a difference. You may also use any type of oil you'd like.

Step 4: Finish

Pop the shields back on and go riding!

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hi - have you ever used graphite grease - I was thinking this would work beautifully.

    Bought some nice 80s wheels for my longboard about a week ago and it came with new bearings ( supposedly ) they where good quality so I though I would try and save them - - opened them up and it looked like someone had been using jelly ( jam ) as a lube - - some folks are bonkers.

    Good simple instructable, I think new boarders will find it a great help.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Hey Darren, I have never used graphite grease but I agree that it would be a good idea, the added graphite is a great lubricator. I bet if you washed out those old bearings and re-greased them they would ride like new.



    7 years ago

    Sweet project man where did you get the knife?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks B, I actually got that knife on amazon. They're made by tac-force.