“I always found that the bearings in my fidget spinner would wear out quickly, so I’d have to replace them. This can be an expensive process, as they often cost $10 or more each time. So I decided to look into how to replace the bearings myself — and it’s not as hard as you may think.
Fidget spinners are great fun, but they only last so long. Luckily, you can repair them yourself with a few simple tools and a little know-how.
Bought a fidget spinner and the bearings already squeak? Or maybe it’s just gotten old and needs to be replaced? Whatever the reason, replacing bearings in a fidget spinner is very easy.
This is the right part of a fidget spinner, also known as a bearing. It includes 8 pcs, including 4 center bearings and 4 caps. If you want to replace them, don’t be afraid, just do it with some patience and be cautious not to damage the metal ball or plastic outer body.
To replace the bearings, you will need:
a Phillips screwdriver
a small container to hold the screws while you work
replacement bearings of the same size as the existing ones
You can replace the bearings in your fidget spinner by following these steps.
Step 1: Find the bearings
The first thing you’ll need to do is find the bearings in your fidget spinner. Most spinners have a flat top and bottom, and when you remove these caps with your hands, you’ll see the bearing underneath. Some spinners have bearings that are kept in place with screws, which can be removed with a Phillips head screwdriver.
Step 2: Remove the bearings from their caps.
To remove the bearings, turn the spinner upside down and hold it in both hands, pressing down on each side with your thumbs. You should be able to gently pull out each bearing from its housing or cap.
Step 3: Pull out and dispose of all old grease.
Pull out all old grease from inside the bearings. You can use a butter knife for this step, if necessary. Add a little bit of elbow grease to clean off any grime or dirt that might be stuck on the outside or inside of each bearing. Dispose of all used grease properly by placing it in a sealed plastic bag and throwing it away in your garbage can (not down a drain).
Step 4: Use a clean cloth to wipe away all remaining dirt and grime from the bearings.
Use a clean cloth to wipe away all remaining dirt and grime from the bearings. Once they are clean, place them on a towel or paper towel to dry completely.
Step 5: Apply new grease to bearings, then add fresh grease to the inside parts of the new caps.
After your bearings are completely dried, apply a small amount of high-quality lubricant to each one of them with a cotton swab. Make sure not to apply too much lubricant as this could cause leakage or damage to your fidget spinner.
Step 6: Put the new caps on gently.
Put your fidget spinner back together by following these steps in reverse order!
Following is a video tutorial:
More info: If fidget spinners are going to stay popular then they will eventually break. Whether it be the bearing itself or something else you can always replace the bearing with a standard 608 and 608rs bearing. When removing the old bearing put your hand in the middle of the bearing cap and use a flat head screwdriver to pop off the centerpiece. Once popped off, using another flat head screwdriver pry open the casing of the old bearing and slide out the ball bearings (you may have to cut some plastic around the edges) Then all you have to do is put it in place and lick your fingers, spit on them if need be, and press into place. Put everything else back together then go fidget!