Why Is My Longboard Creaking, Squeaking, Or Rattling? (Solutions)

By: Billy James | May 31, 2023 | Longboards

Don’t worry, it’s normal for your longboard to creak, squeak and rattle.

There are various parts that could be the culprit.

In this article, we’ll cover the most common issues and how to fix them.

Bushings/Pivot Cup

Flip your board over, lay it on the ground, and gradually put pressure on one side of your trucks. Try to listen to where the noise is coming from. If you hear creaking or squeaking, it’s most likely the pivot cup or bushings. The squeaking is likely the urethane creating it.

Solution

Take soap or candle wax and grate it like you’re grating cheese. Take the shavings, and sprinkle them in the pivot cup and between the bushings.

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Bearings

Properly maintained bearings are crucial for a silent ride. Lube is used inside the bearings to help them roll smoothly. If there’s no more lube and you spin your wheel you’ll usually hear a rattling noise.

Solution

Pick up some Bones Speed Cream and add a few drops to your bearings. If your bearings are really dirty, it’s best to perform maintenance.

Hardware

Is all of your hardware properly tightened?

Regular vibrations from riding can cause them to loosen over time. It’s a good idea to check the hardware periodically to ensure everything is secure.

Solution

Tighten your wheel nuts, baseplate nuts, and kingpin nuts.

Billy James

I've been skating for over 20 years and it's had an incredibly positive impact on my mental health. My mission is to show the world the power of cruising and carving.

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