How to Remove a Bearing

If you’re unable to remove a yo-yo’s bearing by hand, it may be necessary to use a set of pliers. Especially recently, high performance yo-yos have very tightly seated bearings, which are difficult to remove. Here’s instruction on how to properly remove it without damaging either the bearing or your yo-yo.

You’ll need a set of needlenose pliers. Test them before buying, to make sure they’re the right size; you want a snug fit. Be sure to use these tools carefully, and not to let young children handle them on their own.

0. Take apart the yo-yo


Be careful when dismantling your yo-yo, as it’s easy to drop and lose small parts. Use a desk if available.

1. Grab the bearing with the pliers


using the round smooth teeth on the pliers, firmly get a grip on the bearing.


If you want to be especially careful, place two sheets of tissue over the bearing before grabbing it.

2. Rock the bearing out of its seat


The way to remove the bearing is not to pull it straight out, but rather to rock it left and right to free it from its seat.

3. That should be it!


Once you get the hang of it, this is a very easy process.

We even made a video: