Why won’t my yoyo come back? Yoyo Trick One of the most common questions I get asked online is, Why doesn’t my yoyo wind back up? There are actually a lot of different answers to that question depending on how good you are as a yoyo, and what kind of yoyo you have, and maybe even how long you’ve had your yoyo. I will try to answer all possible variations of that question.
So let’s start with the beginner. Let’s say that you just got a yoyo, you just got it out of your package. You have never actually yoyoed before. You throw it and it doesn’t come back. So you are wondering, How come my yoyo did not come back? Well actually, what was happening, is the yoyo was sleeping down at the bottom of the string.
That’s how yoyos are designed. They are actually supposed to spin down at the bottom of the string if you have gotten a good yoyo. It is doing something else, and it isn’t coming back. It’s sleeping. To get the yoyo to come back up all you need to do is give the yoyo a little tug and it should come back up.
If you are just dropping the yoyo like this, a lot of yoyos will not come right back up. It is important to know how to throw properly. And once you get a proper throw the yoyo should come back up when you pick it up. So we have a video teaching you how to do the basic yoyo throw, you can look that up and that should help.
Another scenario; lets say you have a ball bearing yoyo like this one, this is the Peter Fish Dominator, and it used to come back up when you pulled it, but now when you try to pull it back up – even though it is spinning very fast – it’s not coming back up anymore. The bearing is now dry. It doesn’t have any lube anymore.
All ball bearing yoyos experience this problem. Lubricating the bearings every now and again is necessary to make it responsive. Yo Tricks sells Super Lube, but we also carry lubes from other companies. Just put a little bit on the bearing or on the plastic where the bearing sits; that should help the yoyo become responsive again. It is also possible to just change the string. You might also consider changing the string.
Many people would like to lubricate bearings using things that they have in their garage. You do not want to use those on yoyo bearings. Especially if it is a plastic yoyo, it could actually damage the plastic. You should avoid these. That is actually why yoyo companies came out with their own lubes. So, just throw a little bit of synthetic lubricant onto the yoyo bearing or onto the axle and that should bring it back to life.
A third scenario, is if you have an auto-return yoyo. This is the Yomega Brain. Auto-return yoyos even without you pulling on them after they are done sleeping, they are slowing down, they come up all by themselves. If you have had one of these for a while and all of a sudden it stops coming back up automatically then you may ask the question, Why isn’t my yoyo coming back up?
In this case, that usually happens after you have changed the string, or if the string has fallen off the yoyo, or something like that. These types of yoyos differ from other yoyos because you only need one string to attach.
For a Brain yoyo, you actually need to put the string on and wrap it around the axle an additional time. If you have not done that then there is no way for the brain mechanism to work, and it won’t come back automatically.
Another thing that might be the problem is if the yoyo has come apart there is this little piece on the inside, and this piece has an o- ring. The o- ring needs to go into the half of the yoyo that has the mechanism that helps it come back. If you put the piece in backwards, again, the yoyo won’t come back up automatically.
So that is just another scenario, if you have an auto-return yoyo that is not winding back up.
This is becoming more frequent. Some people have bought a brand new yoyo, they already know how to yoyo, they have heard a lot of great things about a particular yoyo online. They get it, they throw it, and it just doesn’t come back. They are aware of what they’re doing and they can see that the wheel is spinning fast enough.
Well what has probably happened is you have bought a higher quality yoyo. A lot of new yoyos were designed to be responsive. What that means is that they are designed to not come back up when you pull them up.
What you need to do in this case – there is nothing wrong with the yoyo – you actually need to learn how to do what is called a bind. A bind is how you get and unresponsive yoyo like this – this is the Yoyo Factory Whip, it is designed to play unresponsive like that – so you need to learn how to bind, because binding is how you get an unresponsive yoyo to wind up. You can find a few videos that will help you learn how to bind. These videos should help you to get past that hurdle.
Hopefully this video has answered your questions, to get over this hurdle of why your yoyo won’t wind back up. Although it may have raised more questions than answered, we will still try to answer them. We hope this helped.