Why Does Your Skateboard Turn on its Own? (Explained)

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Have you ever wondered why your skateboard isn’t a “straight shooter” and tends to turn on its own? If you’ve ever experienced this, you’re not alone. It’s a common problem for beginner skateboarders.

In this post, we’ll explore why your skateboard may be turning on its own and what you can do to fix it. We’ll cover everything from truck tightness to worn-out wheels. So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, you should take advantage of this. Trust me, the last thing you want is for your skateboard to have a mind of its own when you’re trying to land that sick trick.

Why does your skateboard turn on its own? Skateboards can turn on their own because of how tight the trucks are, how your weight is distributed, and the surface you’re riding on. Improper truck tightness or weight distribution can cause your skateboard to turn while riding on rough terrain, which can also impact stability and control.

Why is it important to have a skateboard that doesn’t turn on its own?

Having a straight skateboard without any bends, warps, or turns is important because these issues can affect the skateboard’s performance and make it more difficult to ride.

Image of a man in black shirt skateboarding in a skate park. Source: stefano bucciarelli, unsplash
Image of a man in black shirt skateboarding in a skate park. Source: stefano bucciarelli, unsplash

Bending, warping, or turning on its own can cause the skateboard to become uneven and unstable, making it harder to balance on the board and maneuver it properly. Various issues, such as bad bearings, squashed bushings, coned wheels, loose screws, loose trucks, or a bent deck or axle, can cause this. It’s important to address any of these problems as soon as possible to prevent them from getting worse and potentially causing injury.

Neglecting maintenance can lead to performance issues and make it more difficult to skate.

In addition to having a straight skateboard, proper maintenance is also crucial for optimal performance. This includes regularly cleaning and lubricating the bearings, checking and tightening the screws, and replacing worn or damaged parts. Neglecting maintenance can lead to performance issues and make it more difficult to skate.

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My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

I had my board stolen a few years ago and was forced to quickly replace it with a complete. I got one with an Enjoi deck and loved it so much that I still buy the Whitey Panda deck each time I need a new deck. This complete with budget-friendly, beginner-friendly parts, but I still swear by it.

Why does your skateboard turn on its own?

Here are some of the top reasons why your skateboard turns on its own, so you can regain control and shred with confidence.

1. Bad bushings

Cracked or dry bushings are one of the most typical causes. Bushings are the plastic bits that run through the center of your trucks. When you steer your skateboard, bend and compress. The hardness of your bushings will help your truck turn smoothly.

Due to steering, weather, and collisions, bushings and pivot cups lose flexibility over time. Typically, the cause is that you steer in one direction more than the other, resulting in uneven squash. This means that one side may be more crushed than the other. Even if your bushings are brand new, they may need to be aligned.

If you detect cracks or ripping, you can replace them. They are relatively inexpensive. Make sure you have good bushings because some vendors utilize low-cost polyurethane.

2. Trucks too loose or too tight

One truck may be tighter than the other, causing your deck to steer one way. If your trucks are tight enough, your board will stay on its intended path. Tighten them slightly by screwing the nut to the bolt. Now, while standing on your deck, wiggle your board from left to right with your weight. They should realign themselves as you skate. Check that both of your trucks are evenly tightened.

Image of a yellow skateboard flipped on the floor. Source :stephen niemeier, pexels
Image of a yellow skateboard flipped on the floor. Source: stephen niemeier, pexels

3. Bent truck axles

Bent truck axles are uncommon but can occur. Be mindful that a bent axle might ruin your bearings, causing your wheels to lock up. Remove the wheels to determine if your axle(s) is bent, and check if it is still straight. If this is causing you trouble, you should replace your truck as soon as possible.

4. Broken bearings

Broken bearings can cause wheel wobbling, which can lead to an accident. Check if your bearings are still in one piece, and clean them while at it. It’s always a good idea to clean your bearings once in a while, as they collect dust and dirt.

Properly maintained bearings will last longer and helps you maintain stability. You don’t have to buy expensive bearings.

Properly maintained bearings will last longer and helps you maintain stability. You don’t have to buy expensive bearings.

5. Worn wheels

We all have a natural stance and turning preference, which means that certain skateboard wheels will inevitably wear down faster than others. By swapping or flipping your wheels, you can even out the wear and make sure that your skateboard stays smooth and straight.

Sometimes it takes a while to even out the wear on your wheels, so don’t get discouraged if it takes a few tries. This simple swap or “flip” can make all the difference

6. Your deck is warped

Have you ever bought a new skateboard deck that, for some reason, was heavily discounted? Well, it might have been because it was warped. Of course, most (good) skate shops will let you know before you purchase a warped deck, but maybe they could have been more courteous the last time you were in.

Either way, a warped deck can cause your trucks to mount out of alignment and cause your skateboard to turn. Another problem is that the deck itself could skew more to one side or the other, causing a weight imbalance on the board.

7. Your hardware is loose

Your trucks should be tight and secure, not wiggling and creating chaos. Loose hardware is a common issue, but it can be easily fixed. So get your tools and tighten your hardware, and give your skateboard a good checkup.

What can I do to fix my skateboard from turning on its own?

There are several ways to fix a skateboard that turns on its own, including improving wheel quality, making the deck stiffer, adjusting truck tightness, replacing bearings, and improving the rider’s weight distribution. To determine the best solution, it’s important to consider the specific reasons your skateboard is turning (as mentioned above) and address those issues directly.

If you want even more tips and insights, watch this video called Is Your Skateboard Turning Weird?? from The House YouTube channel.

A video called Is Your Skateboard Turning Weird?? from The House YouTube channel.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about why your skateboard turns on its own.

What are the reasons why my skateboard turns on its own?

Several reasons a skateboard may turn on its own include poor wheel quality, a flexible deck, loose hardware, and worn-out bearings. Additionally, a rider’s weight distribution can contribute to a skateboard turning unexpectedly.

How often should I replace my skateboard bearings?

It is recommended to replace your skateboard bearings every 6-12 months or when they show signs of wear and tear, such as making noise, not spinning as smoothly, or showing signs of rust. In addition, regularly cleaning and maintaining your bearings can help extend their lifespan.

What should I look for when purchasing new skateboard wheels?

When purchasing new skateboard wheels, you should consider size, hardness, and shape factors. The size should match the size of your trucks and the deck, while the hardness and shape can impact your skateboard’s speed, stability, and maneuverability. In addition, look for wheels that suit your riding style and the terrain you’ll be riding on.

Conclusion

It’s a trial-and-error process, but with a bit of determination, you’ll find the solution that works best for you. For instance, you may have to replace your bearings, tighten your trucks, or experiment with different wheel brands. The key is to address the root cause of the problem and be persistent in your pursuit of stability.

Skateboarding can be a wild ride, but you don’t want your board turning on its own! So to avoid unwanted twists and turns, make sure you take the right steps to stabilize your board. And remember, just like a well-oiled skateboard, a good laugh can go a long way! So let’s skate through life with a smile and a stable board under our feet.

How do you keep your skateboard straight and true? And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below; I read and reply to every comment. If you found this article helpful, share it with a friend, and check out my full blog for more tips and tricks on skateboarding. Thanks for reading, and catch you later, shredders!

Key takeaways:

Here are some key takeaways:

  • A warped skateboard deck can cause trucks to mount out of alignment and result in turning.
  • Loose hardware can create a play in trucks and cause the skateboard to turn.
  • Solutions to preventing a skateboard from turning on its own include:
    • Improving wheel quality.
    • Making the deck stiffer.
    • Adjusting truck tightness.
    • Replacing bearings.
    • Improving the rider’s weight distribution.

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