Picture this: You’re riding your skateboard down the street, feeling the wind in your hair, and the sun on your face. You’re cruising along, enjoying the ride, when suddenly…squeak! Squeak! Squeak! Your board starts making an annoying, high-pitched noise that just won’t go away.
It’s like a tiny mouse is trapped inside your wheels, and it’s driving you crazy! But don’t worry, you’re not alone. Squeaky skateboards are a common problem that many skaters face. But..how to fix a squeaky skateboard?
The good news is that fixing a squeaky skateboard is a lot easier than you might think. In this article, we’ll show you step-by-step how to silence that pesky squeak, so you can get back to riding in peace. So grab your board, put on your favorite tunes, and let’s get to work!
When your board gets to a certain age, the wheels can become worn down and make your board clicky. The best thing you can do is take it in for servicing but if you want to give it an interim fix, then grab some skateboard tape! Skateboard tape has grit on one side that will help grip the wheel so that when you move forward, the wheel will stay on board. Just wrap it around each screw so that when you put your wheels back in place, they’ll be nice and secure against the deck.
Skateboard tape should always be applied over the threads of each skateboard screw as an interim fix for a squeaky wheel by gripping it against the deck. Skateboard lube is applied to dry bearings, removing the clicky sound when turning.
Skaters try a variety of remedies for fixing their squeaky boards: skateboard lube, taping over threads with tape and applying new wheels are some methods used by skaters. These solutions provide temporary fixes until they can decide on a more permanent solution.
Steps required to fix the Clicky noise
The clicky, squeaky sound of your skateboard is really annoying. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to fix the problem. If you’re not sure how to do this yourself, Here is the step by step so that even a complete beginner can follow along and have their board running like new in no time!
- Step One: Put a few drops of oil on the edges that are making noise and rub it in with your fingers. If you have rubber gloves, they will help protect your hands from the friction.
- Step Two: Take off all four wheels and put them back on so they’re tight. You might need some new screws and washers to get the wheels on tightly.
- Step Three: Tighten all screws and bolts with a hex wrench, screwdriver or pliers.
- Step Four: Put some bike grease in the spots where you’re rubbing your fingers together (over each wheel). This will help stop any squeaking caused by friction between metal parts. You can also use candle wax or petroleum jelly.
- Step Five: If there’s any dirt in the bushing, clean it out with a toothbrush and some dish soap. You don’t need to remove the bushings completely but you do want to make sure they’re free from debris.
- Step Six: Reassemble your board by putting on the rubbers, bushings and pivot cups.
- Step Seven: Put the wheels on your board (grease them first with some bike grease or wax to prevent squeaks) and tighten down the axle nuts that hold them in place.
- Step Eight: Test out your skateboard by riding it around a little bit before going back
It’s also a good idea to keep some skateboard lube handy because this is great for removing those squeaks caused by dry bearings. You can apply with just your finger and then put your trucks back into place.
The next time you feel that clicky noise coming from under the board, don’t panic! You know what to do now 🙂