How do you take care of those?


#1

So, I want to know, how do you take care of the heart of your yoyos, the bearings. What is your maintenance routine? I’m just curious. :slight_smile: How often do you wash them? I dont know why, but, I need to wash them often because I always got loud and responsive bearings. Tired of this.


#2

Maybe like every 6 months or so I clean all my bearings. I have a few extras laying around so that I can just switch bearings out instead of cleaning them :stuck_out_tongue:


#3

I clean and lube my bearings maybe once a year if that. Clean with lighter fluid. Lube is light, apply a small amount, use compressed air to blow it off the bearing. Note that I have a semi large collection. I don’t clean them on schedule. Only has I feel they need it, and then only those in active use.


#4

Well, I must do something wrong. My bearings starts playing responsive very often and out of nowhere! I dont understand why, and it’s a huge bumer for me. I usually find solutions myself, but now, nothing works ??? :frowning:


#5

Happens to me, I just clean them and put a little lube on a pin and lube them like that. Whenever my bearings get loud, i just lube them.


#6

I do that. I guess I’m not lucky.


#7

Only thing I can of think of is to make sure to clean the bearing seat as well as the bearing… no use putting a clean bearing in if the seat is dirty, especially if the bearing is deshielded. Opening the yoyos as little as possible and storing them in a drawer or case where dust can’t get to them might help.

I used to fiddle with my bearings constantly, but after years of throwing Im kinda over it. I just buy high quality bearings and replace them if they keep acting up.


#8

The only yoyos that I do any real maintenance to are the ones I play responsive. Have to regularly add lube to them, and make sure their response pads are pretty good.

My unresponsive yoyos I really don’t do anything to them until they need new pads, and maybe add a drop of lube to the bearing then.

That’s about it.


#9

Thanks for the advice. I already do that, I will be more careful :slight_smile:


#10

I clean my bearings with the shields off about every six months. I use paint thinner, and I find it only works if you let the bearing dry for two days, or dry it with compressed air.

I lube them after cleaning with a pin and then re-shield so they don’t collect dirt.

If your bearings suddenly go responsive, it might be because there is a little knot around the bearing, so check and make sure the string is on properly. Also, try not lubing at all.

Good luck


#11

If you don’t have compressed air just blow hard on the bearing and blot with a paper towel. They dry quickly. You don’t need to let them sit that long.


#12

For the yoyos I play unresponsive, I clean my bearings when they get responsive. That usually happens when a piece of thread from a yoyo string or a hair from one of my cats manages to find its way into the bearing. My routine is to swish it around in a glass jar with acetone, remove with pliers, spin on the end of an old pencil, add a drop of One Drop V4M lube.


#13

When I get a yoyo, I play it. At some point the bearing gets stuff trapped behind the bearing shield. I take the shields off never replace them, and clean the bearing, with whatever I have, I have used break cleaner, carb cleaner, 97% alcohol, acetone, ect. Make sure it is totally dry, then heavily re lube it with some very thin trumpet valve oil, change the string out every hour for a few hours as the lube comes out. and than never touch it again unless it gets some pad sticker residue in it. than I start over at the cleaning it. I have at least one bearing I have not had to touch again since the late 90’s. it has been a teaching yoyo at a lot of class’s and as run totally unresponsive ever since. Most of my heavily used throws need about every other year maintenance.