How To Fix A Jammed Fidget Spinner

If your kids go to school, you surely know what fidget spinners are. These cute little gizmos have usurped loom bands and bottle flipping as the latest craze to hit Aussie classrooms. Unfortunately, they have a tendency to inexplicably jam, resulting in frustrated and angry tots. Here's how to get your kids' fidget spinner back in working order in three quick steps.

A fidget spinner is a cheap toy comprising a metal bearing in a circular pad. The toy's outer blades can be spun like a fan - nominally to reduce stress but mainly to perform tricks and annoy/impress schoolmates. The concept has been around for over a decade but recently exploded in popularity. Doubtlessly it will all be over in a month or two, but for now fidget spinners are in hot demand.

The lazy way to "fix" a jammed fidget spinner is to go out and buy a new one. After all, they only cost a few bucks and are pretty disposable as toys go. However, if your children are anxious to get back to their spinning hijinks immediately, it's possible to do a quick DIY repair.

The fidget spinner in these photos belongs to my daughter. On the weekend, it stopped spinning. Here's how I fixed the problem:

Step 1: Remove both centre discs with a butter knife

These are designed to pop out pretty easily. You could even get your kid to do it so that they feel involved in the process.

Step 2: Examine the bearing for obstructions

A crumb, piece of grit or tiny pebble could be the culprit. Simply fish it out with a toothpick and the spinner should be good to go. If you can't see any obvious obstructions, the bearing probably needs a lick of grease.

Step 3: Lubricate with olive oil

My first thought was to use WD40, but this has an off-putting smell that youngsters abhor. If they're toddler-aged, it could also end up in their mouths which obviously isn't ideal. Olive oil is a natural lubricant that will achieve similar results. (You can thank my wife for this tip!)

Step 4: Give it a spin and watch it swirl!

Good as new! In all, the fix takes less than five minutes - a reasonable time investment for becoming a hero parent.


    You first need to clean out the bearings using acetone (or similar) to remove any build up of dirt within the bearing. once you have flushed it once or twice with acetone, then apply a lubricant into the bearing. WD-40 is a terrible choice - it will provide immediate results however they are not long term what so ever - your kid will be happy for a few hours and then come straight back sooking. There is plenty of good documentation as for appropriate oils to use, and Bones Speed Cream is a very respectable choice. Remember, these bearings are the same used in Skateboard wheels, in which there is plenty of material online and products available to provide good maintenance.

      I think alot of them actually use ceramic bearings since they are more interested in reducing friction than actually bearing any weight and in that case i have no idea wether or not normal oils would be appropriate.
      But yeah WD-40 sucks
      Someone should write a lifehacker article about how WD-40 is balls. Its decent at water displacement but mediocre at everythign else.

    Wouldn't olive oil go rancid and gum-up?

    Thank you! I tought I lost my spinner

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