How to Get the Most Out of Your Bearings

Posted on Tue, Jul 28th, 2015 in: Bearing Maintenance

To get the most out of your bearings, it is crucial to make sure that you clean them regularly. This maintenance makes it possible to get the most out of your bearings.

In order to check if your bearings need cleaning, note the following questions:

1) Do they make noise?
2) Are they running slower than they used to?
3) Do they squeak, scrape, or merely sound funny or a bit off?
4) Are they dirty on the outside? (If so, that means they're undoubtedly dirty on the inside as well.)

Instructions for Cleaning Your Bearings:

1) Gently remove the non-contact rubber shield with a push pin or with the edge of a small knife by prying the shield upwards from under the shield at the inner race. It should pop up and out quite easily, so handle them gently and don't bend them or cut the seal. Take care not to use solvents to clean the rubber shields either. Doing so may cause the rubber to blister or swell from the solvents. Just wipe the rubber shields down with warm, soapy water and a lint-free cloth. Please take care to make sure the shields are totally clean and dry before re-installing.

2. Clean your bearings and your ball retainers. If you have elected to remove them, soak them in your cleaning solution in a polyethylene, polypropylene, or metal jar. Wear the appropriate eye protection and rubber gloves. Agitate the jar making the solution flush through the bearing. Keep replacing the dirty solution with clean solution until the solution no longer changes color and you are satisfied with the smoothness of the bearing roll.

3. Dry your bearings. Remove the bearings and the ball retainers from the cleaning solution and dry immediately. A can of compressed air is ideal for this drying process.

4. Reinstall your cages, your clean rubber shields, and your bearings. Make sure to lubricate your bearings as well. This will be an important process that will help you extend the life of your bearings.

Patience and maintenance are virtues that ought to be remembered with regards to bearing longevity.

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