How to Grease Bike Wheel Bearings

How to Grease Bike Wheel Bearings


How to Grease Bike Wheel Bearings. Taking apart and greasing your wheel bearings
is a good project for the intermediate bike repair hobbyist. You will need An old cloth A bicycle wheel
15 mm cone wrench 17 mm wrench Bike grease Soap and water A Socket tool (optional) An
adjustable wrench (optional) A magnet (optional) and a box of new ball bearings (optional). Step 1. Take the wheel off of your bicycle and lay
it on a hard surface covered with an old cloth. Start with the front wheel, which is easier
to disassemble. Taking apart the rear wheel requires additional
bike-specific tools such as a socket tool to remove the gear cluster. Step 2. Loosen the locknut with a wrench while holding
the cone-shaped piece still with a cone wrench. Then remove the nut. If you don’t have a crescent wrench in the
right size — typically 17 millimeters — then use an adjustable wrench. Step 3. Loosen the cone-shaped end piece with the
15 millimeter cone wrench. Then remove the cone. Step 4. Pull the axle out of the hub or cylinder and
set it aside. Step 5. Use your fingers or a magnet to extract the
bearings from the well of the hub. Step 6. Wipe the bearings, hub, and cones free of
grease and dirt. Inspect the parts for cracks or defects. If the bearings are rusty, damaged, or misshapen
you can replace them with new bearings purchased from a bike shop. Step 7. Pack a generous amount of grease into the
well that holds the bearings. Then coat the bearings with grease and replace
them in the well. Step 8. Repeat the process of cleaning and greasing
the bearings on the opposite side of the hub. Step 9. Reassemble the hub by reversing the process
of taking it apart. Adjust the distance of the cones from the
hub to make it fit securely. Step 10. Wipe away any excess grease and wash your
hands with soap and water. Did you know Ball bearing production facilities
were major targets for Allied bomber forces during World War II.

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  1. What if I just splash some door oil in them without even removing them (the bearings). Is that ok? …. Am I being a dork if I do that??!

  2. @Diddyhiggs WD is not primarily lubricant, It is used to displace water(WD = WATER DISPLACE). In the long run, it will ruin your bearings. Use a bearing grease.

  3. @MrAussiechampion Hell i greese my bearing in my bike all t he time but god they gotta be replace i replace them 1 a year

  4. @MrAussiechampion No i but new bearings from the bearing place but there hard to find so thats why the yard sale

  5. wash my hands?…really?…and a history lesson?…REALLY?!!! But seriously, looks like he really cranked down on the cone a bit hard.

  6. The critical aspect of 'how tight' is left under explained. Getting this wrong could cause significant bearing wear in a very short time.

  7. My bike needed grease in the front wheel.
    I open up the wheel for the first time.
    There is absolutely NO grease on the bearings whatsoever.
    So Schwinn, you tell me that the consumer has to go through all this shit because you didn't do your job correctly?

  8. That's exactly the same process, except you have to remove the gears first, to have access to the bearings. And for that, you need a socket tool, as it is said in the video, too.

  9. You dont need a set of bike grease, Teflon grease warms up to fast and I use some grease i purchased from walmart in the automotive area.

    Little Known Fact: grease is waterproof naturally due to its oily base

    I use a Dry Teflon Chain lube for my chain

  10. Not true, my bearings are scraping because dirt has got in them, I need to clean and regrease them and vids like this help.

  11. What grease product should I get if I want it BLUE? I noticed that my local bicycle shop used that color (same as shown on the video) when they build my first bicycle.  If anyone knows, please respond this question.

  12. get a tall can of wd 40. empty can through the still undisturbed or dismantled hub. once all wd 40 is used and dissipating use a hair dryer until the hub looks dry and you cannot detect any moisture. get on that bike and fly like the wind. repeat seasonally as needed.

  13. 1. Vaseline (trade name) is a petroleum 'paraffin' product (petroleum jelly) mixed with soft wax to make it stick
    2. It has some lubricating properties (not relevant here as OP asks for pedal threads, but it's highly flammable, evaporates at quite low temp and breaks down under load)
    3. It has certainly anti-seize properties – e.g. used in the radio- and electro technology in antenna assembly
    4. May affect some rubbers, and plastics like PS and polycarbonate

  14. Just WTF is up with that Nasty Rusty hub?? Like 5 minutes once every 5 years with rust remover, and a toothbrush is too high maintainance for ya?

  15. Always adjust the cone for (absolute) minimal play. The play will be removed by the compression force of the quick-release skewers. Too tight bearings is a common mistake.

  16. I do all the cleaning first and then i grease and build the unit back up again. Then i use the old cloth for the next job

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