How to maintain your Electric Skateboard
by Sasa Wu on Mar 05, 2021
Are you a beginner at the electric skateboard, want to take your skateboard level to the next level? then we must first learn how to maintain our electric skateboard so that the Best Electric Skateboards Keep You Coasting. Possway will show you a few ways to step up your e-skateboard game and keep your ride in tip-top condition.
we're going to discuss is standard skateboard maintenance. The standard stuff that you would do on a regular skateboard applies to electric skateboards as well.
The first thing, let's start with wheels.
For wheels on your board, you want to make sure that the bearings are in good shape. If there is any sandiness or grinding in the bearings swap them out. You don't want to leave them unattended because your wheels may fall off if your bearings burst. To swap your bearings out easily, stick your wheel on your truck axle one bearing at a time and pry with a bit of force.
Next, you want to make sure you have the correct type of nut on your truck axle. Make sure you're using a nylon nut instead of a regular nut. Notice how the nylon nut has a rubberish ring on the inside threads, this prevents your nuts from unscrewing off the wheel while you're riding. When you're tightening the nut onto the axle, do not it down hard. Tighten until the wheel can't move side to side. And then untighten the nut just a smidge. This will ensure your wheels have minimal rolling resistance. Ensure that all other screws on your board are properly tightened and thread locked wherever necessary.
Also, Your wheel's lifespan can vary a lot. You can still use it. However, if you start seeing chunks come out of the wheel, it may be time to consider a replacement. For electric skateboards specifically, just like a car, it's a good idea to rotate the front and back wheels if you have a belt drive. This will help your wheels wear evenly.
Next, let's talk about truck
More specifically your bushings. To keep your bushings in top condition, make sure you're not overtightening your bushings. When you tighten your bushings, you're compressing your bushings. If you compress them too much, the sides of the bushings will deform and bend outwards. When this happens the performance of your bushings becomes a lot worse, and keeping your bushings this way for too long will wear your bushings down way faster. Always make sure the sides of your bushings aren't bent outwards. Unless they were designed that way. If you feel you need to tighten your bushings, even more, don't be afraid to experiment and swap to harder bushings or use different hardware.
If your trucks start to squeak when you turn, that's not necessarily a bad thing. But if you don't want to squeak, a quick-fix solution is to get a bar of soap and shave bits of the soap into the pivot cups. This should stop the squeaking for a while. However, if you notice your pivot cup tearing or cracking, it's time to replace it. Take a flathead screwdriver, and jam the head into your pivot cup. The lever the old pivot cup out of the pivot hole and replace it with any new pivot cups that are marked specifically for your trucks.
Now let's talk about the electronic portion of the electric skateboard
All-electric skateboards have batteries. The more you recharge your board, the less capacity your battery can maintain. This can happen with any battery, but there are ways of slowing down this effect. If you know you're not going to be discharging the battery significantly within a few weeks, it's a good idea to leave your battery around half charged. This helps preserve the lifespan of your battery. If you have many electric skateboards and you know you won't ride some of them for a while, a timer plug is a cheap and inexpensive accessory you can use to charge your boards to around half after a ride so you can store them. Also, try not to completely discharge your battery all the time. Discharging your battery completely such as by riding your board until it's dead also reduces the capacity your battery pack can hold.
Try not to store your boards in damp places. If you live in a humid area, check for rust on places like metal electronics enclosures, motors, and mounting screws. If you run your board through water, be sure to wipe it down after the ride. If you live in a dusty area, periodically check your motors for metal particles, and remove them.
There is some common sense of maintenance written by Possway for novice skateboarders. Good maintenance can make your sliding safer, and it can also make the board and the skater get a better run-in, making us more and more relaxed on the road to becoming a master.