How do I check my bike wheel bearings?
Check for bearing play Test for this by holding the top of the wheel while it’s in the bicycle and gently pushing and pulling sideways to feel for movement of the wheel. In most properly adjusted hub bearings, there will be no noticeable play.
Almost anything can be taken apart without proper tools, including bottom brackets. it, but it can be done. The right tool for the job(any job) makes life much easier and will lower your frustration level by leaps and bounds. If it is a Square taper, isis or octalink then no.
Bottom Bracket Removal Tool
- Crank extractor (Also referred to as crank puller) – This is necessary for most systems but some have a one-key release or self-extracting system.
- Bottom bracket removal tool.
- Allen key – ideally long length.
How do you check for loose ball bearings?
How to Measure a Bearing
- To measure the bore of a bearing you can use a vernier caliper like the one shown.
- To measure the outside diameter of a bearing place the jaws of the caliper around the bearing and close it until its a good fit but not tight, now read the value from the caliper.
What happens if you over tighten wheel bearings?
“ Excessive preload will cause excessive friction and the bearing will run hot, compromising lubrication and eventually leading to flaking (material coming off) at the large end of the rollers/races,” he says. “On the other hand, adjusting the bearing too loose causes excessive looseness and vibration in the system.