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    Sand inside wheelchair barrings

    Hi errrbody,

    So I took my chair in some deep sand and it seems now when I roll I hear this grinding noise. Anyone know the best way to clear out the sand or will it cause a lot fo damage if i leave it in there?>
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    The trapped sand won't help. Persistent grinding noise drives me nutz.

    Casters? First, clean any sand you can get to with a rag. Blow with a reversed vacuum cleaner or low pressure compressed air if you can. Change the caster bearings if you must. Forks are a little tougher, but basically the same procedure. Rear wheels are easiest. Remove axles from wheels. Make sure the axles and axle tubes are clean. Change the wheel bearings if you must.

    I usually clean the best I can and wait a couple days before changing bearings. Sometimes the sand gets ground up before the bearing. I'll roll with that if I don't notice any difference pushing.
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    I get sand in my push rims. Sometimes there are extra mounting holes which allow the sand inside making an obvious sand grinding sound.

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    608 bearings can be taken apart. Get some speed cream from a skate shop. Might be a good opportunity to buy some bones Reds (approximately $15.00 for eight) and put in new bearings.

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    thanks guys!
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