Spring noises are irritating, especially if a cube is brand new. If you don’t know what spring noises are, it’s a squeaky noise that you can hear when you turn one or more sides in a cube. Most people, on encountering spring noises think that their cube is defective, or of bad quality. But this isn’t true. Spring noises are pretty common and I’m sure you must have come across one annoying cube that makes them! Spring noises can be fixed very easily and that’s what this blog is about. How to fix spring noises in your cube.
Are Spring Noises That Bad?
Some people solve with their headphones on, so they can’t really listen to spring noises. Even if the spring noises can’t be heard, they’re still bad for your cube. Spring noises are caused by the springs in your cube rubbing against the screw holding your centerpiece in place. The friction while rubbing causes the spring noises. Friction is somewhat bad. It erodes your spring and screw as time passes. Even though you can use your cube for thousands and thousands of solves with spring noises without noticing a difference, it is recommended to just fix it.
How to fix Spring Noises?
Fixing spring noises isn’t that complicated. You just need to need lube. You can apply the lube without disassembling your whole cube, but I would recommend disassembling it to prevent overuse of the lube. Also, you can just remove the screw and spring on one side, but I would recommend doing all the sides so that the cube turns evenly on every face. Let’s discuss step by step!
- Remove all the pieces of the cube. This works on all sizes of cubes, but for now, let’s discuss the 3x3 puzzle. After removing all the pieces, you’re left with just the core with the centerpieces attached.
- Take a screwdriver and detach the centerpieces from the core. If you don’t have a screwdriver adjustment system on your cube, you can either check how to disassemble the core on the pamphlet that comes in the cube or just search the internet on how to do so.
- After you have the screw and spring in your hand, you can either apply lube on the screw or the spring and then attach both of them back to the core. Repeat with every center. For the choice of lube, I’d recommend going for weight 5 lube for the core, but it’s up to personal preference. Do not apply too much lube, just a little blob the size of a watermelon seed.
- If you’re using a screwdriver, make sure to turn each face the same number of times in order to get even turning on all sides.
- Put all the pieces back together and fully assemble the cube.
- Do a few solves to break the lube in and you’re done!
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If you’ve followed all these steps, your cube should be free of spring noise. Also, make sure to not apply too much lube on the core or you’re gonna end up with a really sluggish cube. Apply a little blob the size of a watermelon seed. Also, go slow while applying lube or you might drop more lube than you intended to and all of it goes to waste. Hope this blog helped! Cheers!
Sarthak Masta is a speedcuber from Raipur. He started cubing in 2013 and now has 9 years of cubing experience. Apart from cubing, Sarthak enjoys making music and singing. He has attended a total of 7 competitions in Raipur and has gotten 10 podiums, with 2 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 4 bronze medals.