How to fix that really annoying Squeaky or clicky sound that you get from office chairs, DXRacer chairs, Gto mega chairs, AKA racing chairs, in every other chair that uses that hydraulic pipe piston.
Let me demonstrate what’s going on here. Sit in the chair move back and forth you get crazy popping noise. Alright, let’s fix this thing.
Most of the time Tightening and oiling the bolts may solve 90% of the squeak but If It won’t last that long (It’s common ) and then some of the squeaks come back aging. What to do?
It literally took me a year to figure out how to fix this squeaky office chair because I couldn’t find anything online everybody was basically doing only a bunch of lubrication of the undercarriage and that actually wasn’t the main problem where the problem was it Sounds like it is but where the majority of the squeaking, popping and clicking noise problem comes from its down in the gas piston cylinder.
Turns out the bearings and race just wear out or lose their lubrication and this simple article will show you how to restore your chair to perfect quiet operation in just a few minutes.
However, In some cases, The problem is with the bolts and screws underneath the seat base. So To do anything on the cylinder, don’t forget to tighten up every single bolt and screw, if it works great you’re done.
How to fix squeaky office chair (Answered)
In short how to fix a squeaky office chair:
Take some grease/oil & put it on the underplate bolts and tighten up each of them. Next, take apart the chair base. Clean the Gasket seals shaft, & race, lubricate them, finally flip the washer to have the smooth side against the bearing put it all back together but if the kits wearing out you should replace them.
Note: Don’t use the wd-40 as a lubricant click here to know why.
Why do chairs squeaky or noisy
There are some most common reasons why you got a squeaky office chair, and how to fix it, step by step!
- Bolt or scrwes are loose or not screwed properly (Most common)
- Bearings and race just wear out or lose their lubrication. (Most common)
- Rust in matel joint over time ( Old Chair )
- Others are wheels and backrest area.
Basic and Easy Method To Fix squeaky office chair
You should first try to check if any bolts underneath the seat base are loose or not screwed properly. Or If the noise comes from wheels. If that Just follows those simple steps to get rid of that annoying Squeaky or clicky sound.
Method 1: Tightening the loos bolt and screws:
Make sure to tighten every screw before everything else. Might just be a loose screw causing the squeak.
Tightening and oiling the bolts solve 90% of the squeak, the rest may be coming from the intersection of the gas rod to the base of the gas rod to the seat, You should put oil in there. See method 3 to do this task properly.
This is what to do to fix your chair:
- Just take some grease or machine oil or other oil like olive or coconut oil.
- and put it on the bolts and screwed properly with the allen key.
- After tightening them the squeak and popping Should go away.
Literally tightened every single bolt but it still squeaks.
If the result doesn’t last and some of the squeaks come back aging then you have to work with your gas piston. See method 3 I would suggest using both of these techniques it will work 100% and the result would be longer.
Method 2: Same as the first one but
Tightening the screws is good practice, But I think, you can take it one step further. Try oiling the office chair in this method.
Apply some oil in between the two major parts will help most. How to do this task?
- Unscrewed the whole underplate 4 screws off
- Place the whole wheels/plate onto a garbage bag to catch oil.
- Set it with the wheels on the floor,
- and shot oil downwards into the ratchet areas (the piston, etc. connected to the lever that raises/lowers the chair.)
- Then for good measure, shot oil on everything metal you could see
- Don’t forget to put oil on the wheels.
- And let it sit for about 1-2 mins.
- Shot Oil the bolts before you screw underplate with seat base.
Advance and Permanent Method to Fix Squeaky Office Chiar
If every method I mentioned above didn’t fix your squeaky problem with the office chair, This is the only method you should follow.
Method 4: Fliping the washers
Very quick, easy, and completely free fix. If you notice the washer has a really uneven groove within, it means the washers are worn from the ball bearing.
Simply flip the washer to have the smooth side against the bearing, So the bearings ride on the undamaged flat sides of the washers and greased all moving parts before putting them back. Problem solved!
That was the problem with my chair. I rotated the washers and it was fine for about 3 months. had
NOTE: The trick only works if the other kit such as ball-bearing race, rubber Gasqete are fine. If the bearings are worn or missing you should buy a pack of washers and some grease.
Method 3: Lubricating Cylinders Bearings and Race
I’ve discovered where the majority of the squeaking, popping, and clicking noise is coming from on gas piston office chairs including all gaming seats that use a piston. Turns out the bearings and race just wear out and lose their lubrication and in this simple guide, I will show you how to restore your chair to perfect quiet operation in just a few minutes.
Okay so to do this repair all you’re going to need is
- A little bit of wd-40 to cleanup not to lubricate
- You’re going to need some lithium grease or pretty much anything you probably use.
- And a pair of pliers.
- Repair Kit for Gas Lift Cylinder If the bearings, race, & washers are ripped up.
Step 1: Flipped the chair upside down
So we need to do is flipped the chair upside down.
Step 2: Remove the clip from the bottom of the chair
Now on the bottom of every one of the chairs has a little clip and they all look exactly the same doesn’t matter what brand it is they’re all identical.
So to remove this clip put the pliers inside on the heigh side of the clip, and just lift up on it pop it off is that easy. Set that aside try not to lose it.
WARNING: be careful taking off the clip at the bottom of the chair if you have a cheap chair you may break it and it still won’t come off.
Step 3: Pull off the bearing, washers and Gasquet kits.
This step can get a little bit messy, so put on some rubber gloves on your hand so you don’t get oil all over the house.
- Now pull off the clip, washer, and lift the big starfish base off.
- You can see there are all kinds of little stuff on top of that piston seal washer, race, washer, rubber O ring, and gasket all over that.
- So pull these off all little kits. Set these things aside and make sure you remember the order they came out from to keep them in the proper order latter.
Step 4: Cleaning All of the Stuff
Alright, So we got to clean all of the nasty filthy bugs off the little gasket that seals the shaft.
- Just use your little paper towel or a little rag if you have a handy one.
- Take a little wd-40 put on the rag
- Clean your up get it all nice and sparkling.
- We will also clean up the little pieces of kits rubber Gasquet, washers and race bearing that we set aside before.
Note: Don’t forget the wd-40 is not a lubricant we’re just using it to clean. Don’t use the wd-40 as a lubricant click here to know why.
Step 5: Lubricating gasket of the shaft and other small parts
Now we’ll clean those parts we’re putting it back on. So now for this, we’re gonna use white lithium grease. It’s about the best stuff that you can use for this application. Get this a bike shop hardware store. How are you just go-ahead
- Take a little bit of lithium grease
- and lube that shaft.
- Now put just a little more grease onto that race bearing kit because we want this to be very lubricated.
Sometimes you can see the little race bearing just wear out and lose their lubrication, it actually broke from the friction going back and forth but it’s okay if you lubricate these parts even if they look completely trashed it’s going to knock down the sound of a chair.
If the parts are too far gone you can get a replacement kit for the bearing and rubber parts for like 10 bucks on Amazon but I like fixing things instead of throwing it away and getting a new one.
Step 6: Restart with the assembly
Alright so now we’re going to go ahead and restart with the assembly.
- Take our new clean little rubber O ring Gasquet put it on the gasket that seals the shaft,
- Put a little washer on the rub Gasquet.
- Now take this race put it over that washer and rub Gasquet.
- all right now put another washer back over the race.
Now the only thing left to do is to put the chair back together.
- Alright, so we take the giant starfish. slide it right back over the shaft should go on nice and smooth.
- Next, take the retaining washer and slide it over that in hindsight.
- and last but certainly not least put the retainer clip back on which you can actually just do by hand it goes on very easily.
There you have it that’s all there is to it. now that constant clunk clunk clunk ratchet Clark snap when you’re spinning the cogs all that’s going to be gone.
All right let’s go ahead and flip the chair over. Now let’s do the test no more sound going in the circle. The total cost of materials for this job estimate at about 12 cents but I don’t think you could buy twelve cents for the lube.
Also if you try this fix and it is still making noise, take it apart again and flip the washers so the worn groves are away from the ball bearings. The grove is what is catching and making the popping noise.
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