Why is My Skateboard So Loud

Why is My Skateboard So Loud?

Skating seems like a noisy sport. You’re continually slamming wheels against the surface as you do tricks and even grinding your truck on the ground when you slide. The noise is annoying, and you might want to reduce it to enjoy your skating. Always ensure that your board is of high quality and well maintained. It will go along way in reducing the noise. Also, lubricate, clean the wheels and bearings and consider using a smooth skating surface.

Why the Loud Noise? Several reasons may cause skating noise. First, the sound may come from your wheel seals if you skate with them for a long time without replacing, and bearing move in their seating. Also, the damaged and unmaintained bearings can cause a lot of noise too. Other reasons include;

  • Worn bushings
  • Flat sots on damaged wheels
  • Rough surfaces
  • Loose screws and nuts
  • A worn pivot cup
  • Rough surfaces

Worn Bushings

Worn bushings cause a squeaking sound. The unfavorable weather conditions make the bushings wear out.  You can identify the issue by checking if the washers are cutting into the bushes.

How to Fix It

  • Unfix the nut form the kingpin and remove your bushings
  • Check if there are cracks in the bushings and, if present, replace them.
  • You can also apply wax, oil, or silicone-based lubricant on the bushings though it’s just a temporary solution.
  • Reassemble the truck.

Dried up or Damaged Bearings

They produce a squeaky or rattling noise. You spot the problem if your bearings are dry, worn out, or filled with dirt. You can also spin the wheels to check which ones are making noise.

How to Fix It

  • Remove the nuts form trucks axle and pop out your bearings
  • Remove bearings shields
  • Clean the bearings using acetone or nail remover to get rid of the dirt
  • Dry the bearings in a paper towel
  • Apply oil or silicone-based lube to reduce friction

Loose Screws / Nuts at the Base Plate

The problem causes squeaky sounds. You can check the issue by ensuring the screws are all tight, and your pivot cup shouldn’t have space in between it and the hanger.

How to Fix It

  • Remove the hanger from the cup and put it aside.
  • Take the pivot and check it for wear, cracks, or tears.
  • You can replace it or clean the pivot hole with some little soap and lube/ wax the pivot.
  • Assemble the truck and check if there the noise is still there.

Washers Between Your Kingpin and Nut

The issue causes creaking sounds that occur when your washer has an oversized hole. It happens when you lean on your skateboard and shift it from side to side. You can buy new washers if the gap is enormous because they are cheap or still fix them.

How to Fix It

  • Remove the kingpin nut
  • Wrap the kingpin threads with Teflon tape or duct tape to make it thicker
  • You can also use a strong glue and stick it around the nut to allow the washer to hold around it without making noise.

The solution will only last for a short while before noise starts again, depending on how many times you ride your board.

Pop-Out Bearings

These bearings produce low-pitched sounds, especially when you turn. You may notice your bearing moves in their seating, or if you haven’t replaced wheels for some time, a gap may develop in their seating.

How to Fix It

  • Clean your bearings and wheels well on the inside using acetone to get rid of any dirt that may be displacing the bearings.
  • Dry the bearings and apply lube on the outer bearings and wheel core.

Rough Surfaces Can Cause Noise Too

Rough surfaces usually cause loud and vibrating noise.  It is louder on asphalt or cracked pavements and while using hard wheels, because the hanger doesn’t sit wholly fixed into the base plate, and is always in a movement when skating on a rough surface. The roughness creates a vibration carried through to the deck and onto your feet and legs. These vibrations can cause damage to your board with time.

How to Fix It

  • Use softer wheels, those with a low durometer. They absorb the sound energy caused while skating on rough surface and grip surfaces better preventing sliding.
  • Use shock pads. The pads dampen and absorb some of the resulting vibrations and hence reduce noise.
  • The pads also reduce the distance between the deck and the wheel, impeding any wheel bites that cause annoying sound.
  • You can consider using standard wheels of 54mm that won’t need any pads.

Your Ply Status

Inspect your skateboard deck, check for delamination between the ply layers. Delamination means the layers of wood have come loose, which could cause a cracking noise. It can happen when your deck has become moist, repeated motions that cause stress on specific areas of a board’s construction, or by a poor-quality glue line from the manufacturer.

How to Fix It

  • Open the ply layers
  • Re-glue the layers together and squeeze the sheets with your hands to further spread the glue.
  • Clamp the veneers to help the layers stick to each other.
  • Sand and refinish. Apply a protective coat to the exposed area, which is waterproof.

Use of Hard Wheels

It could be the hardness of your wheels. The harder they are, the more noise they make. When you skate entirely on rough surfaces, consider replacing your wheels to soft ones.  Soft wheels reduce the sound, and it becomes comfortable to ride on them. Even if they are slow, you may want them for less skating stress.

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Conclusion

No skateboard will be completely silent. The several moving parts and skating surface always create friction and leads to noise. But, buying quality skateboard and still maintaining it can help overcome the noise challenge. Lubricating, cleaning, checking on the status of all moving parts are some of the essential maintenance practices. Always follow the above-explained tips, and you will enjoy a noise-free skating experience.

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