- Remove Old Bearings
- Get a skate key but you can substitute it with a basic screwdriver or wrench.
- Remove all the wheels with your skate key. If you have shields installed, you must remove those as well. Keep your spacers, if you are using them, keep them to use with the new bearing
- Put pressure with the skate axle to pop the bearings off. You can also use a screwdriver, but the easiest way is to slowly pry the bearing out with the axle making sure only the tip of the axle is inside the bearing and it is not touching the wheels.
- Pry the bearing out carefully if you want to save the part. If you are throwing your bearings out, then you can apply more pressure, which may cause damage. Just be careful not to damage the wheels.
- Repeat prying to each bearing out with the axle until all eight bearings have been removed.
INSTALL NEW BEARINGS
- Set the bearings into the wheel. The fit should be tight, but start by simply placing the bearings in the wheel without applying too much pressure.
- Press evenly on the outside metal rims of the bearing until it pushes into the wheel. It should end up flush with the wheel.
- Add a spacer between the bearings if you are using them. A spacer keeps the bearings at the proper distance.
- Set all eight bearings into place one at a time until your skateboard wheels are complete. Then attach the wheels to the board.
- Tighten the nut that holds the wheels on until it is secure. You want to push the bearings into the wheels completely but not applying too much pressure which may break the bearings
- Loosen the nuts just a little so the wheel has room to roll freely