Removing bearings from roller skate wheels isn’t easy. If you’re also struggling with this task, this guide will help you. By following the methods below, you will be able to take bearings off your skates easily and safely.
The methods we will go through will use one of the tools below:
- A bearing puller
- A bearing press
- A screwdriver
- A nut splitter
- The skate’s axle
Besides how to remove bearings from roller skate wheels, there are handy tips for you to pick up as well. Read until the end to get all the information on roller skate bearing removal that skaters should know.
- 4 Different Ways to Remove Wheel Bearings from Roller Skates
- How to Remove Your Roller Skate Bearings without Tools
- 5 Helpful Tips to Keep in Mind When Removing Roller Skate Bearings
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
4 Different Ways to Remove Wheel Bearings from Roller Skates
How to Remove Your Roller Skate Bearings without Tools
What if you have no tools mentioned above? Fortunately, you can skate bearings without tools.
What you will need to prepare
You can remove your roller skate bearings without tools as well. Another advantage of this approach is that it can work for any axle size, no matter how big or small.
What you will need to do
Here is how you can take the bearings off your roller skate wheels:
- Take the wheels off your skates.
- Starting with one wheel, put it back on the axle, but do not slide it back in. Instead, keep it at the tip. It should be slid in just barely.
- Next, twist the wheel to the side to pry the bearing off. So, you are using the axle like a tool itself. The bearing should pop off with just a bit of prying.
- To complete the removal process, simply repeat the steps for all of the bearings.
5 Helpful Tips to Keep in Mind When Removing Roller Skate Bearings
- Use Allen keys to detach the wheels on skates with Allen screws. It will save you a lot of time and effort.
- Spritz WD40 on bearings that are stuck on the wheels. Give it several minutes to work its magic, and you should be able to take bearings out with ease.
- Remove one side of the wheels at a time to avoid scratching the bearings. If the metal layer of the bearings is scraped, the wheels might have a harder time rotating smoothly.
- Apply penetrating oil to the bearings to make it easier to separate them from the wheels. You can get these at most local automotive stores.
- Do not rush through the process. The bearings might come flying out and hit you or someone near you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
#1 – Are skateboard and roller skate bearings the same?
In most cases, skateboard and roller skate bearings are similar, as they are typically mounted to 8mm axels. This is why you can sometimes use these two bearing types interchangeably.
That said, roller skates can sometimes use smaller axles (and consequently smaller bearings).
#2 – When to remove the bearings from roller skate wheels for replacement?
Here are some cases where you should remove the bearings from roller skate wheels and replace them with new ones:
- The bearings are rusty
- The bearings make noises
- The bearings do not spin or roll smoothly anymore
#3 – How to check the bearings of roller skate wheels?
Simply flip the skates over and try spinning the wheels with your hands. Observe how they spin. Do they make any noise? Are they spinning freely? If they are crunching, you need to clean them. And if they are squeaking, you need to lubricate them.
#4 – How long do roller skate bearings last?
This depends on many factors, including how often you use your skates and where you use them. In general, however, they last between 1 and 3 months. Luckily, they are not too pricey if you do have to replace them regularly.
Now that you have read through this detailed guide featuring 5 methods, handy tips, and several relevant FAQs, you should have a good grasp of how to remove bearings from roller skate wheels.
In short, it is possible to get the job done with or without tools. You just need to choose the best method depending on how much time you have and what materials there are available.
We hope that this has been a helpful guide. Leave us a comment should you have any questions.
Harrison is a skating enthusiast who picked up the sport during her student exchange years in Canada. She has been a skating coach for children and teens for 3 years and now holds classes as a freelancer. Harrison entwines her experience leading skating classes in the content published on Cora to help readers fall in love with skating, just like she did.