Bearing Grease

Bearing Grease

Post by bil » Thu, 04 Oct 2001 09:46:29


Need Help.  I've pulled the retainer clips and covers off of my ABEC 5
bearings and cleaned them in kerosene.  They then spin pretty fast.
As soon as I add a drop of oil (even very light weight oil) to the
bearings,  the speed reduces.   Any advice on lubricants?   I've heard
of synthetic based lithum gel  but cannot find it.    I remember when
the wheels used to rotate for about a minute after a spin ( and
skating was much faster).    thanks for any advice
 
 
 

Bearing Grease

Post by John Aurent » Thu, 04 Oct 2001 10:19:56

I'm trying a new type of lubricant that I'm having good luck with so far. I
clean my bearings in acetone and rinse several times to make sure they are
super clean and use a spray can of lithium grease that is sold under the
name of Pyroil and made by Valvoline. The grease is kind of a whipped
consistency and spinns forever, Seems to not pick up much debris yet in
testing. Rolls very fast with weight.


Quote:
> Need Help.  I've pulled the retainer clips and covers off of my ABEC 5
> bearings and cleaned them in kerosene.  They then spin pretty fast.
> As soon as I add a drop of oil (even very light weight oil) to the
> bearings,  the speed reduces.   Any advice on lubricants?   I've heard
> of synthetic based lithum gel  but cannot find it.    I remember when
> the wheels used to rotate for about a minute after a spin ( and
> skating was much faster).    thanks for any advice


 
 
 

Bearing Grease

Post by endu » Thu, 04 Oct 2001 10:56:14

Quote:
>Need Help.  I've pulled the retainer clips and covers off of my ABEC 5
>bearings and cleaned them in kerosene.  They then spin pretty fast.
>As soon as I add a drop of oil (even very light weight oil) to the
>bearings,  the speed reduces.   Any advice on lubricants?   I've heard
>of synthetic based lithum gel  but cannot find it.    I remember when
>the wheels used to rotate for about a minute after a spin ( and
>skating was much faster).    thanks for any advice

Your bearings are fine.  The amount that they spin has nothing to do
with how smooth they will be when you skate on them.  The oil will be
by far the lightest and fastest lubricant you will find.  If you're
willing to put up with cleaning them fairly often I highly recommend
oil.

White lithium grease is very bad in my experience.  I have tried all
kinds of lubricant and the only one that I detected a major slowdown
with was white lithium grease.  Many people here swear by it but it
was _horrible_ when I tried it (I used it for about 3 cleanings then
gave up).

Just use the oil...when you put the bearings back in your skates you
will find that they're quite fast.
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Bearing Grease

Post by LShapin » Thu, 04 Oct 2001 11:15:12

Quote:

>of synthetic based lithum gel  but cannot find it.  

To address that specific concern only.  You can find that in motor parts
stores, like Western Auto or whatever.  If there, it might be in a spray
can (with plastic spraying tube), called White Lithium Grease.