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Old August 25th, 2015, 10:14 AM   #1
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Default Bearing removal and cleaning for Rollerblade Fusion x5

Hi all,

Need some help removing the bearings from the wheels. And then, to degrease and re-grease the bearings.

There is now a pretty loud whirring sound (started only a couple skate runs ago) when I go in my inline skates, not sure why. But I suspect it is because the lubricant in my bearings have run dry, so I dare not use my skates for now...

Does anyone have any idea how to remove the bearings from the wheels? And how to remove the shields and what kind of lubricant (oil or cream)?

I have no problems removing the bearings and opening the C shields for my K2s, but this Rollerblade Fusion x5 is another whole ballpark altogether.

appreciate some help! I've tried all ways and means and still they are stubbornly stuck in the wheels.

my K2s:

K2s degunked vs gunked:

a few internet articles told me to use this to grease up:

the Singer sewing machine oil on the K2 bearings do not seem to spin well and long...the oil leaks out. So this seems that a cream lubricant would work better as the oil would seep out?

my Rollerblade Fusion x5s, no idea how the inside looks:
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Old August 26th, 2015, 06:43 PM   #2
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The bearing should just pry out. I have never run into a major brand inline wheel / bearing that was different than the 2 you show. The bearings in the Rollerblade looks to have non serviceable shields. So get a 5/16" (8mm) bolt about 3" (~80mm) long and and insert it into the inner race, just deep enough to engage the bearing but not the spacer in the middle. The gently pry the bearing, twisting it to the side. Should pop out. The flip the wheel and dump out the spacer. Then push out the other bearing.

If the bearings are open on one side, clean as usual. If not pry out one of the shields. This will destroy the shield, but you only need one. Just remember to put the open side of the bearing into the wheel toward the spacer.

Lite oil is fine for bearings but just remember grease will last longer and minimize dirt intrusion. It makes the difference between cleaning them a lot and cleaning them less often.

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