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How do I clean a ball bearing drawer slide?

Author: John Whittlesea, Technical support manager

17th Sep 2013

Drawer slides should move in and out easily. But if the tracks start to get filled with dirt you could find that the slide is beginning to stick.

Accuride slides have self-cleaning ball retainers that protect the raceways by removing the foreign particles between the ball bearings. However, there are times when particles get stuck in the ball track.

Not all slides can be removed easily from your application. The removal can vary between manufacturers and products. Refer to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Look for a disconnect lever or latch in the slide track. Or there may be a bracket or lancing holding the track. If you don't see any obvious removal method, try lifting the front of the drawer up then pulling the drawer out and up.

Wipe the dirt from the slide tracks with a clean lint-free cloth soaked in white spirit.

Some drawer slides have no disconnect feature, so you will have to clean them while still in place. Wipe the parts of the track that you can reach and use canned air to blow dirt from areas you can’t.

Accuride slides have a lubricant that is sufficient for normal slide life, but if you do clean the slides this will need to be replaced with quality grease rated for extreme pressure.

Technical hint

Do not use a solvent based product – this can affect the slide’s internal plastic components.


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