Are you a beginner electric skateboarder who
wants to take your e-skating game to the next level? Then you’re on the right channel. In this video series, we’ll be taking a look
at some ways for you to step up your e-skate game and keep your ride in tip top condition. In this episode, we’ll talk about board maintenance
– how to take care of your board so it will take care of you. Let’s get started. Wait… These aren’t my hands. What did you do with my hands? Oh whatever, I guess these’ll work. Let’s get started. So the first thing we’re going to discuss
is standard skateboard maintenance. The standard stuff that you would do on a
regular skateboard applies to electric skateboards as well. Let’s start with the wheels. I said wheels! OK so for wheels on your board, you want to
make sure that the bearings are in good shape. If there is any sandiness or grinding in the
bearings, swap them out. You don’t want to leave them unattended because
your wheels may fall off if your bearings burst. To swap your bearings out easily, stick your
wheel on your truck axle one bearing at a time and pry with a bit of force. Next, you want to make sure you have the correct
type of nut on your truck axle. Make sure you’re using a nyloc nut instead
of a regular nut. Notice how the nyloc nut has a rubberish ring
on the inside threads. This prevents your nuts from unscrewing off
the wheel while you’re riding. And when you’re tightening the nut onto the
axle, do not tighten it down hard. Tighten until the wheel can’t move side to
side. And then untighten the nut just a smidge. This will ensure your wheels have minimal
rolling resistance. Ensure that all other screws on your board
are properly tightened and threadlocked wherever necessary. Also, you can increase the top speed of your
board by up to 5 mph by hitting the like button on this video. Your wheel’s lifespan can vary a lot. If you see cracks in the urethane, that’s
ok. You can still use it. However, if you start seeing chunks come out
of the wheel, it may be time to consider a replacement. For electric skateboards specifically, just
like a car, it’s a good idea to rotate the front and back wheels if you have a belt drive. This will help your wheels wear evenly. Next let’s talk about trucks, more specifically
your bushings. To keep your bushings in top condition, make
sure you’re not overtightening your bushings. Basically when you tighten your bushings,
you’re compressing your bushings. If you compress them too much, the sides of
the bushings will deform and bend outwards. When this happens the performance of your
bushings become a lot worse, and keeping your bushings this way for too long will wear your
bushings down way faster. Always make sure the sides of your bushings
aren’t bent outwards. Unless they were designed that way. If you feel you need to tighten your bushings
even more, don’t be afraid to experiment and swap to harder bushings or use different hardware. If your trucks start to squeak when you turn,
that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But if you don’t want it to squeak, a quick
fix solution is to get a bar of soap and shave bits of soap into the pivot cups. This should stop the squeaking for a while. However if you notice your pivot cup tearing
or cracking, it’s time to replace it. To do that, take a flathead screwdriver, and
jam the head into your pivot cup. Then, lever the old pivot cup out of the pivot
hole, and replace it with any new pivot cups that are marked specifically for your trucks. There’s a whole wide world of bushings and
pivot cups out there just waiting for you to explore. All you have to do is not be afraid… …to spend some money. Now let’s talk about the electronics portion
of the electric skateboard. All electric skateboards have batteries. They’re a bit temperamental, so it’s a good
idea to try and satisfy them. The more you recharge your board, the less
capacity your battery can maintain. This happens with any battery, but there are
ways of slowing down this effect. If you know you’re not going to be discharging
the battery significantly within a few weeks, it’s a good idea to leave your battery around
half charged. This helps preserve the lifespan of your battery. If you have many boards and you know you won’t
ride some of them for a while, a timer plug is a cheap and inexpensive accessory you can
use to charge your boards to around half after a ride so you can store them. Also, try not to completely discharge your
battery all the time. Discharging your battery completely such as
by riding your board until it’s dead also reduces the capacity your battery pack can
hold. Try not to store your boards in damp places. If you live in a humid area, check for rust
on places like metal electronics enclosures, motors, and mounting screws. If you run your board through water, be sure
to wipe it down after the ride. If you live in a dusty area, periodically
check your motors for metal particles, and remove them. Hopefully this video has been helpful to you. If you have any more suggestions for board
maintenance, leave a comment below. If you liked the video, give it a like. Thanks to Sophia from BAESK8 for helping out
with the script. Check out her eskate reviews in the link in
the description. See you in the next video.

How to maintain your electric skateboard | ESK8 101

38 thoughts on “How to maintain your electric skateboard | ESK8 101

  • September 21, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    What maintenance tips did we miss? What would you like us to explain in more detail? What esk8 101 topic should we cover next? Thanks to Sophia for writing the script for this episode and being my hand double!

    Check the description of this video for links to some maintenance items. And if you're thinking of getting an electric skateboard, you can use my discounts here: https://dkwan.com/freestickers.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    Good video editing, good video topic.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    This video was so helpful. You brought up some points I had never even thought of!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    I know the mini havent come out yet but would you guys recomend the backfire mini or backfire g2t

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:56 pm
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    thanks for the good tips my man !

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:56 pm
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    你好 最近 我的backfire提到高速的时候出现 转弯过渡力反馈不匀称的现象,就是说速度快了开始有点抖,我想换了那个橡胶试试,后轮马达整个桥是新买两三个月的,估计是前轮旧橡胶的问题……你觉得呢

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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    Why do you have nail paint?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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    Omg, I pressed like and did bearing maintenance and now my g2t is crazy fast. Thanks DK!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    Great vid as usual Daniel – loving the extra 5MPH I’m getting!
    You might mention care of grip tape – if it gets dirt/other stuff in it & how to clean out (I use compressed air and/or a brush).

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  • September 21, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    Are you gay?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Make a video about deckswapping a backfire ranger!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Congratulations Daniel on making it to 10,000. Your content has always been the most entertaining material, and your artistry has been inspiring. Take care, and be well.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    I noticed right away that you have a metasurf truck. Have you used their electric boards? I was interested in their direct drive when it came out around a year ago.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    9.99K subscribers AAAAHHHH

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:05 pm
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    1:33😂👍

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    For cleaning grip tape i use shoe brush, just do it outside and you are fine

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    Your Jokes are so subtle but they always get me 😂

    Also why your nails painted?

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  • September 21, 2019 at 11:13 pm
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    Esk8 maintenance ft. Sofu’s hands 😂

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  • September 22, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    1:43 Daniel can you explain about that a little bit more?

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:44 am
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    What type of bearing grease would you suggest for hub motor bearings I feel like regular skateboard stuff is to thin

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  • September 22, 2019 at 6:49 am
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    This was super helpful, especially about the pivot cup replacement. Glad to see more quick informative content from the channel

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:30 am
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    All electric skateboards have batteries? Is that really a safe assumption in this day and age?

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:31 am
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    Don't forget care of the wood. Keep your wood polished!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:39 am
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    Yo, where's the maintenance for hub motors/Outrunner motors? You can use WD40 Contact Cleaner designed for electronics!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 10:25 am
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    Hahahaha dude –> like = +5mph faster, you're killing me 🤣🤣. Keep it up 💪🤙

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  • September 22, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    Screw it ima ride my wowgo into a lake and break my wrist

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  • September 22, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    I was just about to do this video lol

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  • September 22, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    Can you do a detailed breakdown of the wowgo 3x so we will know what options we have for the rear wheels. Also will there be the option to change the gear for different speed and torque options.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    So many things I did wrong.. great video!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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    How do you clean the motors? I think my motors are dirty and the connection is kind of sketchy now I want to clean them out.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 7:47 pm
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    Good shit. Glad I watched. 2020 esk8ing will be quality.

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  • September 22, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    When is that wowgo 3x full review coming??

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  • September 23, 2019 at 12:05 am
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    Is there a preferred place that you buy wheels from? I'm having a hard time finding places that sell big wheels. Skate shops online either don't sell them or are out of stock

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  • September 23, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    Check belts for damages and check if all the screws and nuts are still in place and check if your remote has enough charge are things I do everytime I ride.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 6:31 am
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    Do you know why Boosted suggests to keep the battery always full especially during winter when the board is not used? Does your tip to leave the board at 50% applies to all boards?

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  • September 23, 2019 at 11:13 pm
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    We do not care u have 10k subs! Tell us when u get to 100k subs 😜

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  • September 24, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    Hey Daniel, do you have any experience with / opinions of the BoardUp folding longboard? I just bought one recently on the back on only finding good reviews of it online.

    Keep up the good work!

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    I have an electric skateboard with 600+ miles and I’ve never done maintenance on it 😬😂

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