How to Fix a Fidget Spinner

I recently wrote an article about the best fidget spinners and fidget cubes and how they can help solve a fidgeting problem. There you’ll also find a link to the most expensive fidget spinner.
Be sure to check it out if you’re looking for a way to fix fidgeting!

Now I’ll show you how to fix a fidget spinner when it stops spinning smoothly and clean a fidget spinner when it gets noisy while spinning.inside a fidget spinner bearing

Fidget spinners work off momentum and bearings. Momentum doesn’t usually fail, it’s the bearings. So when your spinner gets noisy or doesn’t spin as long as it should, 99% of the time the problem is the center bearing. Remember, the fidget spinner bearing is either made of steel or ceramic material. Each has their own problems that can require cleaning.

Reasons Fidget Spinners Stop Working

Dirty Bearings

One of the primary causes of hand spinners getting noisy or vibrating when used, is dirt or pocket lint getting into the bearing. Bearings typically have grease packed in between them and a rubber or metal gasket shielding them from the elements. Not so with the center bearing on your fidget spinner. The grease and gasket has been removed to allow the bearing to spin faster. The drawback to this is that pocket lint and other material can work its way past the spinner button(part you grasp with your fingers when spinning) and into the bearing tracks. Cleaning a fidget spinner is the first step to fixing a noisy spin.

Here’s how to clean a fidget spinner bearing

  1. Remove the button by separating the halves.
    fidget spinner with button removed revealing ceramic bearings

    Fidget spinner with button removed

  2. Next, grasp the spinner by the center ring of the bearing and spin it quickly.
  3. Use a can of compressed air aimed at the circle of bearings to blow out the bearings while they’re spinning. This will get small particles removed from your bearing tracks.
  4. If that doesn’t resolve the problem, press the complete bearing out of your hand spinner(here’s what it will look like), rinse it in a small bowl of alcohol and immediately/completely dry it. Don’t use water as it can cause the metal to rust, ruining the bearing.

Broken Bearings

Fidget spinners with ceramic bearings are more prone to broken bearings than those with steel ball bearings. While ceramic bearings do allow for better spin times, they are ceramic which is very hard but also brittle. It’s possible to drop the hand spinner hard enough to shatter one or more of the ceramic bearings. While steel bearings won’t break, they can rust or break their housing. Bearing replacement is the only option for broken bearings. Follow the instructions below to order and replace the bearing.




Ordering New Bearings

identify fidget spinner bearing

608RS bearing

Before reading this, understand the most common size bearing you will need is the 608 bearing. It’s used by 99% of fidget spinner manufacturers, the chart at the bottom of this page has multiple grades of bearings that fit these spinners.

Sometimes you can’t fix the bearing, you just need to order a new bearing and replace the old one. This is VERY simple and all you need is a little information, a few bucks and less than five minutes.

First you need to identify the bearing you’re replacing. Bearings are usually identified by numbers on the gaskets on each side (see pic at right). Unfortunately, most of the center bearings on fidget spinners have their gaskets removed, so a bearing number can be hard to find. If you don’t have the number of the center bearing, compare it to the bearings used as weights on the ends of your fidget spinner. Nine out of ten times, they’re the same bearing size, just a cheaper model since they’re just acting as weights. If they are the same size and have a model number visible, you’re set. If they don’t, you’ll need to get a couple of measurements of your bearing. In millimeters, measure the three spans shown in the picture, inner diameter (ID), outer diameter(OD) and

Click to See Measurement Points

height. Digital calipers are great for this, but a simple ruler with mm measurements will work too. These numbers in that order indicate the size of the bearing you need. For example, if the measurements collected were 9, 20, 6; the bearing size you need will be listed as a 9x20x6mm or 9*20*6mm.

Once you’ve identified the bearing size, we just need to find the replacement bearing. Before finding the new bearing, here’s something you need to know. Above, I mentioned a couple of letters after the bearing number on the gaskets. These numbers indicate bearing features. As an example, if your bearing is a model 608 RS, that means it is model 608 and has or had a Rubber Seal gasket on one side when shipped. 2RS means it had a Rubber Seal gasket on both sides. When ordering a new bearing, you’ll want a model RS or 2RS, but NOT a Z or ZZ. Z or ZZ indicates the bearing comes with metal gaskets on both sides. They’re not high speed bearings and won’t work well on your fidget spinner.

Use the chart at the bottom of this page to find the right bearings for your fidget spinner.

How to Replace the Bearing on Your Fidget Spinner

Confirm the bearing you ordered and received is the right size for your spinner. Do this first, because we’re about to make it much faster, but we will also void the warranty.

  1. Use a small screwdriver or plastic tool to pry the edge of the gaskets out from under the metal all the way around the outer edge of the new bearings, then remove the gaskets. Do this on both sides of the bearing, if both sides have gaskets.
  2. Spray some WD-40 into the bearings to dissolve any grease present. Do it over a sink or something so it doesn’t get everywhere. Get all the grease out. Grease is great if the bearing will be getting hot or under pressure, but a fidget spinner has neither. Some people use acetone, but it can break down plastic and some bearings use plastic around the ball bearings.
  3. Rinse the bearing in rubbing alcohol to remove the WD-40 and then let it dry.
  4. While it’s drying, use your thumbs to press the old bearing out of the center of your hand spinner. It will be tight, but it will come out.
  5. Press the new bearing in its place and you’re done!

That’s the most difficult repair you might ever have to do on your fidget spinner and it takes only a few minutes to get it working again.

If you need more help fixing your gadget, post a comment below!

Replacement Fidget Spinner Buttons / Caps

There’s now a couple companies that make easy to replace metal replacement fidget spinner buttons (second source)for the 608 bearing size spinner. This is the most common bearing size used in fidget spinners. This is great news, as previously, glue, putty or a 3d printed button were the only options.

Do You Want to Buy Individual Bearings?

I’ve heard from a few people that the cost of buying a complete pack of the ceramic bearings prevents them from buying and replacing the bearing. If I sold them individually, is it something you might be interested in? Use the comments and let me know!

Replacement Fidget Spinner Bearings

BrandFits Bearing NumberDescriptionImage
Bones "Redz" Model608 (8x22x7mm)
Most common size of bearings for hand spinners.
You'll need to remove the rubber gaskets, and remove grease. They'll spin like greased lightning.
"Bones Ceramic Redz"608 (8x22x7mm)
Most common size of bearings for hand spinners.
These are the ceramic version of the bearing above. More expensive, but virtually silent.ceramic skate bearings
SupaFly Alpha608 (8x22x7mm)
Most common size of bearings for hand spinners.
Good, mid grade bearing priced between the Bones Reds and the Ceramic Redssupafly alpha bearings
(here’s more information on bearing markings)

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  1. How do I remove the little ring around the inside of the spinner after I get rid of the little balls?

  2. Beecher Bowers March 12, 2017 at 4:08 pm · ·

    The entire bearing assembly (both rings with ball bearings) in the center of the spinner should be pressed out of the spinner in one piece.

  3. Jack Norfolk March 16, 2017 at 3:08 pm · ·

    What do I do if the middle piece won’t stay in when I spin it?

  4. Beecher Bowers March 16, 2017 at 3:11 pm · ·

    UPDATE: There are now replacement metal caps available for the common 608 size spinners. These screw together so they won’t fall out.
    Typically, the cap stays together by one piece tightly fitting into the bearing, and the other half of the cap tightly fitting into the first piece of the cap. If this doesn’t hold together anymore, the simplest solution is a small piece of putty in between the two cap halves. Second, you might try a thin wrap of tape around the piece of the cap that’s not fitting tightly. Lastly, might be 3d printing a new cap.

  5. Christopher March 16, 2017 at 4:06 pm · ·

    What lube should you use to lube up your spinner

  6. Beecher Bowers March 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm · ·

    For the fastest spin, I recommend you don’t oil your spinner bearing. Not only is oil messy, it will slow down the spinner as well. Oil lubricates to reduce heat when a bearing is under pressure, but there’s no pressure or heat with a fidget spinner. If your bearing has oil, I’d remove it. As long as you keep it away from moisture, you won’t have any negative side effects.

  7. What should I do if my bearing is the same size as all the others but one hole is bigger than the other three (I have a tri-spinner)? I don’t what to out weigh them so it doesn’t spin. What should I do?

  8. Beecher Bowers March 23, 2017 at 5:23 am · ·

    Hi Jack, Use the email address on the Contact Me page and send me a picture of the spinner.

  9. I am having trouble taking the center piece off what should i do

  10. Beecher Bowers March 23, 2017 at 11:58 am · ·

    This depends on the type of spinner you have. If it’s a really expensive model, there’s a chance the buttons unscrew. A cheaper model should pull apart, or there’s a slim chance it’s glued(unlikely).
    If you mean the bearing won’t come out, let me know and I’ll post a video of an easy trick to remove it.

  11. My plastic part of my fidget spinner broke what do I do

  12. Beecher Bowers March 26, 2017 at 8:18 pm · ·

    Which part is broken? If the caps are broken, you can order new caps. If the body of the spinner is broken, you’ll need to buy a new one. Glue isnt really an option if you want the spinner to keep its balance.

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