How often you need to replace your wheels depends on how hard and how often you skate. Wheels gradually wear down and decrease in diameter with use, and can also develop flat spots from riding rougher surfaces. Over time, the wheels lose their rebound, which can loosen the bearing grip. Be sure to check your wheels regularly and replace them needed. Warehouse Skateboards carries a vast selection of skateboard wheels and longboard wheels in many sizes, shapes, and colors.
To replace your wheels, use your skate tool to unscrew the nuts on each axle. From there, simply slide the wheels off their axles. Slide the new bearing over the axle and press the wheel down firmly until the bearing slides in. Remove the wheel from the axle and repeat on the other side. Once both bearings are firmly in place, replace the nut and repeat for all wheels.
If you plan to reuse the skateboard bearings from your old wheels, extract them from the wheels using a bearing puller, making sure not to damage the bearing shield in the process. Only grab the edges of the bearing with your tool, not the surface. You will most likely want to clean your bearings after you remove them. Check out our Bearing Maintenance Section
If you don't have a bearing puller handy, there is another way to remove bearings using just your own two hands and a little bit of force. Please note that this DIY method can damage your bearings, so it's best to only use this method if you don't plan on reusing the bearings. Start by unscrewing the nut on the axle. Remove the wheel and any spacers or shields on your axle and flip your board on its back, so the trucks are facing up. Slip the wheel onto the tip of the axle--you want the axle tip to be about midway through the first bearing. Using a bit of force, press down with the inner edge of your palm until the wheel pops off the bearing. Repeat on both sides for all wheels.
Rotating your wheels periodically is a good way to prolong the life of your skateboard and ensure even wear over time. Once you remove the wheels, rotate them in an X pattern. Your left rear wheel becomes your right front wheel, and your right rear wheel becomes your left front wheel.
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