Roller Skate Maintenance: How to Rotate Quad Skate Wheels

By September 24, 2013Uncategorized

rotate your quad skate wheelsRoller skates require regular maintenance to keep them working well and giving you the best performance. Here at InterSkate, we maintain our rental skates, but for those who like to bring their own, these tips should get you on the right track. Read on to learn how to rotate the wheels on your quad roller skates.

How to rotate quad skate wheels

  • First, gather your supplies. Don’t worry, all you need is a skate tool and an old rag- and your skates, of course!
  • Do a quick visual inspection of your wheels. It’s important to rotate them often so that they don’t get worn down too much in the same spots. Look at the wheels from the front and back, ensuring that they look even and symmetrical. Wheels start off looking square and will keep their shape relatively well if rotated often. However, if you see that one side is worn down substantially more, you will need to buy new wheels, or suffer lower performance while skating.
  • Using the round part of your skate tool, unscrew the axle nuts. After removing these nuts, you will be able to remove the wheels. Make sure not to lose the nuts, but don’t worry about which nut goes on which axle- they’re all the same size and should fit just fine.
  • Wipe the buildup and debris off the axles using your rag, creating a clean, smooth surface that will allow your wheels to turn freely. Oil, dust, dirt, and other debris can accumulate in your skates and impede the wheels from rolling smoothly. Especially if you skate often, you should make sure the axles are cleaned regularly.
  • Switch the wheels, keeping them on the same skate. The best method is to exchange the wheels in an X pattern- swapping the right front wheel with the left back wheel and the left front wheel with the right back wheel.
  • Replace the wheels on the axles. Make sure the front- usually the side with branding and a large indentation- is facing outward, while the flatter, plainer “back” side goes in.
  • After replacing the wheels, tighten the axle nuts. If you make them too tight, the wheels won’t roll; too loose, and you’re in for a wobbly ride. For the correct fit, tighten the nuts just to where the wheel can’t spin, then loosen by quarter-inch turns until the wheels can spin adequately.

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