Attention all scooter enthusiasts! Are you tired of spending a fortune on maintenance costs whenever something goes wrong with your trusty ride? Well, fear not because today we’ll teach you how to change your wheel bearings like a pro.

Not only will this save you money in the long run, but it’s also a great way to get hands-on and learn more about the inner workings of your scooter. So grab your tools, and let’s get started on some DIY scooter maintenance!

Introduction to Scooter Wheel Bearings

Most scooter wheels have bearings that allow the wheel to rotate freely around the axle. Over time, these bearings can become worn or damaged, causing the wheel to become less free-turning. Sometimes, the directions can become wholly seized, causing the wheel to lock up entirely.

If your scooter’s wheels are starting to feel less free-turning, or if you hear grinding or other strange noises coming from the wheels, your bearings likely need to be replaced. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple task that can be done at home with just a few essential tools.

Before beginning any work on your scooter, consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions and warnings. Once you have everything you need, follow these steps to replace your scooter’s wheel bearings:

Tools You’ll Need for the Job

Assuming you have the essential tools for taking apart your scooter (hex/Torx keys, sockets, ratchets, and torque wrench), here are the specific tools you’ll need to change your wheel bearings:

-1/2″ socket or bearing race remover tool
-3/8″ drive ratchet or impact wrench
-3/8″ to 1/2″ socket adapter (if needed)
-Lubricant (grease or oil)
-Bearing press or vise (optional)

Start by removing the wheel from your scooter. If you need help with this, consult your scooter’s manual. Once the wheel is off, use the 1/2″ socket or bearing race remover tool to remove the bearings from the hub. You may need to use a 3/8″ drive ratchet or impact wrench with a 3/8″ to 1/2″ socket adapter to loosen the bearings.

Once the old bearings are out, clean the hub with a rag and lubricant. Apply fresh grease or oil to the new approaches and press them into the corner using a bearing press or vise. Ensure they’re seated before reinstalling the wheel on your scooter.

Step-by-Step Guide to Removing and Replacing Your Wheel Bearings

Assuming your bearings are the most common size (608), you will need the following supplies:
-8mm Allen wrench or socket
-Skateboard tool or Phillips head screwdriver
-New bearings (x2)
-Axle nuts or bolts (depending on your scooter)

Before you begin, make sure that your bearings are the same size. You can measure them with a ruler or a caliper or compare them to the new ones you will use. Once you have confirmed the size, follow these steps to remove and replace your wheel bearings:

1. Use your skateboard tool or Phillips head screwdriver to remove the axle nut or bolts. You may need to use an Allen wrench or socket if they are very tight. Be careful not to strip the heads of the bolts.

2. Once the axle nut or bolts are removed, gently pull the wheel away from the fork. You may need to wiggle it a bit to get it free. Be careful not to damage the knife. If C-clips hold in your bearings, remove them now and set them aside. Otherwise, proceed to step 3.

3. With the wheel free from the fork, hold it in one hand and use the other hand to remove each bearing from its seat in the rotation. Again, be careful not to damage anything.

4. Inspect each bearing for wear and tear, such as cracks, flat spots, or rust. If your bearings have any of these signs, it is best to replace them.

5. Once the old bearings are out, place one of the new bearings in its seat and use your fingers to press it in. You can also use a bearing press or a skateboard tool to ensure it is seated properly.

6. Spread a small amount of grease around the outside of the bearing. This will help to reduce friction and prolong the life of your scooter’s wheel bearings.

7. Repeat steps 5-6 with the second bearing before inserting the axle nut or bolts back into place (tighten gently).

8. Re-attach your wheel to the fork, and you’re done!

Tips for Maintaining Your Wheels

Changing your wheel bearings is relatively straightforward, assuming you have the right tools for the job. Here are some tips to help you get the job done:

1. First, remove your old bearings. You’ll need a bearing press or a hammer and punch. If you’re using a bearing press, apply pressure evenly not to damage the new bearings.

2. Next, clean out the housing with a degreaser or brake cleaner. This will help ensure that the new bearings seat properly.

3. Now, it’s time to install the new bearings. Again, apply pressure evenly to avoid damaging the directions if you’re using a bearing press. If you’re not using a press, ensure the bearings are correctly seated before tapping them into place with a hammer.

4. Replace the dust cover (if applicable) and reinstall the wheel on your scooter.


Changing your wheel bearings is an integral part of DIY scooter maintenance that should be noticed. With the right tools, it can be a quick and painless process that will help keep you safe on the roads.

Remember always to ensure your wheels are correctly lubricated before heading out for a ride, and only attempt maintenance if you are sure of what you are doing. Taking good care of your scooter will ensure it remains reliable and enjoyable for years.

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