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texastoast 10-07-2007 10:08 PM

Bearing Cleaning - A little help?
Okay so I wanted to clean up and put some new oil on the bearings in my roller hockey skates. I've cleaned bearings before but they were fairly easy to open. I used a safety pin to pry out a little metal ring holding the shield off and I was in business.

The bearings I have now came with my Mission skates and aren't constructed quite the same way as my old ones. Instead of that metal ring that had a small gap where I could use a tool to pry said ring off, I've got a series of solid metal pieces. I'm not really sure what to do here.

I'd imagine if I clean off the grease and dirt with the shield still on I'll do a subpar job and also have a difficult time lubing them up again.

Any advice?

texastoast 10-08-2007 09:29 AM

This is what my old bearings, the ones I was used to cleaning, looked like. If you can make it out, there's a small opening visible in the ring going around the outside of the shield. That's where you'd be able to start opening this bad boy.


This is the newer bearing that came standard issue with my new mission skates. Am I able to open these?


Gino 14 10-08-2007 11:11 AM

If you pop that shield off the new bearings, you probably will not get them sealed back up. Do you really need to open the bearings, or just clean and relube them?

texastoast 10-08-2007 11:16 AM

Well even if I've done this before I won't pretend I'm not relatively new to the whole process. The cleaner I used apparently removes all the dirt but also the oil or grease that's lubing the bearings. So I figured I'd have to completely relube and to really do either process I thought I'd have to get those shields off.

Am I wrong for making this assumption? I can use any guidance you guys have.

MikeD 10-08-2007 06:38 PM

You do not need to open them. They are factory sealed. at the cover near the inside race, si where you place several drops of skate lube. the lube will fill that groove and as you spin the bearing, work its way in.

There are bearing cleaning kits available but I use a home made version. The BIG GULP pepsi bottle. lol

pick up a pepsi or other BIG GULP product. The plastic bottle with the wide mouth. I think they are the 20-24 ounce variety. The one liter size uses quite a bit of mineral spirits. Fill the bottle about 2/3 full w/ mineral spirits. Place cap on the bottle and roll it back and forth for a bit.

Dump out the contents(filter and reuse if you like) and repeat. Using canned or compressed air, blow them out and let dry. IF the bearings are really dirty you might want to repeat.

place a VERY small amount of skate lube back into the bearings. Excess only attracts more dirt!

I have had a set of the Ninja bearings since 2000 that are still kick'in strong. IF your playing 3 or more hours a week clean them once a week or more if your in sand/wet or dirty/dusty areas.

texastoast 10-08-2007 08:30 PM

Thanks a ton man. I really couldn't find too much of this information online. That's a huge help. I bought this little cleaning kit, but I'll go the homemade route the next time to save a little cash.

Thanks again.

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