Noise comes from the seat of your wheels. It’s the space between the outer race of your bearings and the inside of your wheels. If you’ve been skateboarding for a while and haven’t replaced the wheels, there may be gaps in the seat.
Your skateboards have many problems, such as strange noises or squeaky skateboard carts. They skateboard right out of the box or after prolonged use. We should find out the causes of the noise and fix it.
So, why is my skateboard so loud? , you might ask. You have to judge your skateboard. It can be from dry bearings, unstable washers, or flat spots on the wheels. It damaged pivot and bushings, or loose bolts.
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What causes a noisy skateboard?
Let’s get into the most plausible reasons for loud skateboards. Plus, we’ll also come up with solutions to solve these problems.
Flat-spotting on the wheel:
Bumpy and noisy rides are not our thing as skateboarders. This issue often comes from flat-spotting caused by power sliding.
There should be the anticipation on your end that your wheels will soon begin to wear out. So, you might have to change wheels after a while of sliding or grinding against the ground.
And while changing wheels may be costly, it will keep our skating smooth.
Some skateboarders consider scrapping the flat-spotted areas of the wheel. But this remedy doesn’t yield anything good.
If you hear your skateboard wheels squeak or click when you lean, it’s often due to moving pads. And what causes it to move? It’s too big a hole.
While buying the right-sized mats helps. There are still a few fixes you can make before heading to the skate shop.
1. Unscrew the kingpin
2. Take Teflon or adhesive tape
3. Wrap the kingpin threads, so they are strong enough to fit into the washer hole.
This solution may work for some time. But it won’t last under any warranty. Rubbing the pad against the pivot will wear down the Teflon or adhesive tape you applied. So you might as well consider spending on a new set.
Damaged pivot cup and loose screws:
Another reason skateboards make loud noises. When tipped is due to loose screws and pivot problems. It isn’t much you can do about wobbly screws other than tightening them.
If tightening the screws doesn’t help, it may be the turntables that need a solution. Here’s how we handle it.
Loosen the kingpin nut.
Pull the truck bed out of the swing hole.
Separate the turntable from the hinge and check for wear.
Clear the pivot hole of any debris and apply grease.
Replace the pivot pin and assemble the entire cart.
Try a test drive to see if the problem persists.
If you see signs of wear on the pivot, don’t compromise. It will be better to buy new beer taps.
We all learned how to maintain skateboard bearings. And one of the examples that led us to these practices is the rattling sound they make from drying out. The best way to deal with these problems is to clean the old ones. Here is the procedure:
Remove the bearings from the wheels.
Remove the bearing shields
Soak the plain bearings in an acetone or alcohol solution.
Dry the wheel cores and scrape off any remaining debris.
Apply a silicone-based lubricant to the bearings.
Put the shields back in and install the wheel bearings.
I used water-based WD-40 on the bearings, but my skateboard squeaked after a few days. So I don’t recommend using this product on skates.
Worn bushings are often the cause of loud skateboards. This case may be due to wear and tear or weathering. Whatever is causing these problems damages their instances and can still repair. Note these steps:
Unscrew the nut from the kingpin.
Pull out the cases.
Look for signs of wear or cracks on the case body.
Lubricate the housing with a silicone-based lubricant. If there isn’t one, consider waxing it.
Reinstall the bushings and assemble the entire carriage.
Take a test ride to see if the sound of the skateboard fades. If the bushings are crack, it’s best to have them replaced.
Other potential reasons for loud skateboards:
We discussed above the most common problems with skateboards being too loud at night. Now let’s discuss a few others that are significant.
Wheel Seat Gap:
You may notice gaps between the outer race of the bearing and the wheel casing inside. These gaps are inevitable and could widen. Then your bearings can move in place and cause a complicated problem.
Riser pads only make noise under one circumstance; loose screws. But, if the supports do not perform as expected, they can cause vibrations and damage the deck. So you can also check them.
Some skateboarders especially new ones, misinterpret the noise. They hear while skating. Note that the skateboard is not always loud. Sometimes it’s how the board makes sounds based on the texture of the ground. Noisy skateboards while riding on asphalt and other concrete surfaces are acceptable.
How Do I Manage My Skateboard’s Noise?
If you’ve been skating for a few months. You may have asked yourself, “Why does my skateboard make weird noises when I stand on it?” Here are some solutions that could help reduce those loud noises from skateboards.
Skateboarding is a part that needs maintenance. But knowing how to perform it remains a question for some or others. It will even have to wait until the skateboard makes squeaking and weird sounds to check it.
Furthermore, why is my skateboard so loud? While it starts checking on it. And several factors cause it. So it is best to have them identified to apply the necessary solution.