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4 Common Bearing Problems and Their Fix

Bearings are the life source of the automobile machinery; they are the silent support behind rotation and reduce friction. But these components, too, can face problems and malfunctions, which, in turn, can lead to decreased performance, downtime, or even costly repairs. As one of the leading authorities in handling automobile bearings, here, we have shed light on four common bearing problems you may have to face every now and then.





Four Common Bearing Problems and Their Fix


Here, we have put into perspective four common bearing problems and how you can go about fixing them.


Inadequate or Incompatible Lubrication


Problem


Insufficient or incorrect lubrication is the leading cause of bearing failure. Friction increases, generating excessive heat and wear on the bearing surfaces.


Fix


  •  Check lubrication schedules: Adhere to recommended lubrication intervals and grease quantities.

  • Choose the right lubricant: Use the correct type and viscosity of lubricant based on operating conditions, temperature, and load.

  • Inspect regularly: Look for signs of leakage, contamination, or discolouration in the lubricant.


Bearing Misalignment


Problem


Misalignment occurs when the shaft is not perfectly centred within the bearing housing. This creates uneven stress, leading to premature wear and vibration.


Fix


  • Ensure proper installation: Use alignment tools and techniques during bearing installation.

  • Address shaft and housing issues: Correct any bent shafts or warped housings before installing bearings.

  • Monitor regularly: Check for signs of misalignment like excessive vibration and uneven wear patterns.

Contamination


Problem


Dirt, dust, water, or other contaminants can enter the bearing, causing abrasions, corrosion, and reduced lubrication effectiveness.


Fix


  • Use proper sealing: Ensure effective seals are in place to prevent contaminant ingress.

  • Maintain a clean environment: Keep the surrounding area clean and free of contaminants.

  • Lubrication systems: Consider using filtered lubrication systems for critical applications.

Overloading


Problem

Exceeding the bearing's rated load capacity can lead to permanent deformation, overheating, and even catastrophic failure.


Fix

  • Understand load requirements: Carefully analyze the loads acting on the bearing to ensure proper selection.

  • Downsize or upgrade: If loads are consistently exceeding capacity, consider a bearing with a higher load rating.

  • Reduce external loads: Investigate ways to reduce or redistribute external loads on the bearing.

By understanding these common bearing problems and their solutions, you can avoid costly downtime and ensure your machinery operates at peak performance. So, before you have to repair your bearing problems, we strongly suggest you adhere to this preventive maintenance. If your bearing still fails, reach out to Bearing House; we can solve your bearing problems with our expert knowledge.

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