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How to Clean Skateboard Bearings

Watch more Beginner Skateboarding videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Dirty bearings can make a skateboard hard to handle. Keep them clean with the instructions in this Howcast video. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Cleaning bearings can get messy. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and lay down newspapers or a plastic tarp to protect the floor if you're inside. Step 2: Using the skate tool, remove the skateboard's wheels and then the bearings, which are circular devices that connect the wheel to the axle, allowing the wheels to spin freely. Step 3: Pop the bearings loose from their casings. There should be eight bearings in all, two for each wheel. Step 4: Gently wash away any dirt or grime with a rag and cleanser appropriate for use on steel, rubber, and plastic, such as rubbing alcohol or acetone. Avoid oil-based cleaners, which can leave a sticky residue. Tip For a deeper clean, soak the bearings in a jar of cleaner for a few minutes. Step 5: Wipe away any excess cleanser with a rag, and then spray each bearing with lubricant. Don't be stingy with the lubricant; really hose down each bearing! Repeat this step for each bearing, setting them aside on your rags as you go. Tip For a fast tune-up, leave the wheels and bearings on and spray lubricant directly onto the wheel. Wipe away excess lubricant. Step 6: Wrap a bearing in a soft cloth and give it a shake to speed up the draining process. Repeat for each bearing. Step 7: Reattach the bearings and wheels to your skateboard. Check to make sure they spin freely. If they do, you're ready to go! Did You Know? The first skateboards were sold in 1958 by Bill and Mark Richard in their California surf shop.
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