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Fix slow skateboard wheels


Q. The wheels on my skateboard aren’t spinning well anymore. Is there anything I can do to fix them or do I have to buy new wheels?
Slow Joe, Tampa, Fla.

A. We feel your pain, Slow. We have the same problem, so we asked our friend Andy Macdonald, eight-time world champion skateboarder, for the lowdown on your slow down:

“New wheels are not going to help in the least if your wheels aren’t spinning. Chances are you just have to clean and lubricate your bearings. Remove your wheel and pop out the bearings with the edge of your axle. Bones Bearings pretty much set the standard in the skateboarding world as far as bearings go. They recommend picking up a Bones Bearings Cleaner Unit at your local skate shop ($15), but a clean plastic yogurt cup and a few cotton swabs will work, too.

“You’ll need to remove the bearing shields if your bearings have them. Just poke them out with a paper clip. Then soak your bearings in acetone, nail-polish remover or rubbing alcohol. Spin them dry and make sure all the dust and dirt are out. Now you’ve removed all the dirt as well as all the lubricant from your bearings. It’s important to use a silicone-based lubricant. WD40 or others like it will dry out your bearings and attract dust and dirt. You can pick up a bottle of Bones Speed Cream at the skate shop, or try some Prolong from the auto parts store. It doesn’t take much, and the excess will just spin out when you replace your shields, pop your bearings back in your wheels and start shredding. Skate safe and enjoy your new-found speed.”

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26 Comments on Fix slow skateboard wheels

  1. yeah, just go to your local skate shop and get Bones Speed Cream.
    I go to Zumiez.

  2. lube them and then ride hard for a hour or two that will do the job…

  3. i want good wheels

  4. expert hiker 101 // June 27, 2008 at 8:47 am // Reply

    i just like to put on w-d 40 and that w3orks because i don’t want to buy new bearings.

  5. jelly mannnn // June 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm // Reply

    skating wrocks!!!!

  6. dude, apec 7 speed demons are way better than bones

  7. if your gonna spend 15 bucks on cleaner, u might as well spend the 15 dollars on new bearings…but, i was wondering what if ur bearings have been lubed up and all but they still run slow…? if they’re broken is there a way i can fix them?

  8. swiss bones bearing i think are the best

  9. Silent Canadian Skateboarding // February 12, 2008 at 11:33 am // Reply

    Yeah deffiantely dont use WD40 on your bearings, if grits up and attracts dirt easily, rubbing alchohol works great to clean but to lube it all up I recomend spraying white lithium grease inside the bearing while th cap is off but only a very small amount. Ismade not to wear out or wash off and doesnt attract dirt if you dont put to much on.

  10. Y cant i use my real name??? // January 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm // Reply

    look, i went and bought some graphite which my friends said worked really well if you apply a little bit then rup all over the sheild of bearing. i tried it and had to wash graphite out in petrol. i ended up just putting all of bearings in petrol for cleaning and i didn’t bother to lube them and they work just fine and each wheel spins for 20 seconds when spun by hand! i recomend just doing what i did. im going to try graphite powder again though and try to use less! hop this helped!

    also, i was in a skate shop and the guy there said not to use speed cream. but he didnt tell me y?? he was creepy so i just didnt ask!! haha!


  12. GERT(playdough stuntman) // November 23, 2007 at 8:16 pm // Reply

    DUDE, skateboarding with Bones Bearings is AWSOME!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):)

  13. i like i will use it

  14. Extreme Rapper // October 22, 2007 at 7:01 pm // Reply

    Skateboarding is the best! 😀 8) 🙂 😉

  15. wot ive done before is use wd40 then put a little petroleum jelly. It will attract more dirt though

  16. get bones cleaner or lube and soak them for a couple of mins.

  17. armybrat213 // October 3, 2007 at 3:09 pm // Reply

    slosen the bolts a little bit

  18. i think wd 40 or around da house oil works best

  19. You could always just oil your wheels and i agree with jjjjjjjjjjjg.

  20. Personally bearings aren’t that expensive, and just some spitfire bearings work just fine for me. Also everyone else has a legidiment answer and i think wd 40 works just fine.

  21. I agree with bacon.

  22. johnnny D-Train // June 17, 2007 at 9:08 pm // Reply

    You can also use graphite

  23. If you dont want to clean your bearings and you have an old board with good bearings just switch them out and they should feel good.

  24. Take your barings and spray them with wd-40 and if that dosent work, wash them off with a rag and get some plated bearings or what I have are baring proters that you can put on the out side of your barings and keeps your barings clean.

  25. jjjjjjjjjjg // May 14, 2007 at 2:36 pm // Reply

    You can put some oil in the washers.

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