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Bearings and Their Relationship with Wheels

Bearings and Their Relationship with Wheels
Issue Time:2019-06-03

Bearings and Their Relationship with Wheels

Have you ever realized that things tend to roll better than they slide? This is because there is less friction involved in rolling. The wheels on your car, skateboard, truck, etc. are like big bearings. Without wheels, there would be higher amounts of friction while you are driving or riding.

Picture trying to drive your vehicle with boards or skis attached instead of wheels. It would take much longer to get to your destination because of the increased amounts of friction.

Bearings reduce friction because of smooth metal balls or rollers, and a smooth inner and outer metal surface that the balls roll against. The device spins smoothly because the balls or rollers are bearing the load.

Wheel Bearings in Vehicles

open seal deep groove ball bearing

In order for your wheels to spin properly your vehicle needs wheel bearings to hold the wheels in place. They are a very necessary component of your vehicle.

Wheel bearings on vehicles tend to last awhile because they are sealed at the factory. They usually don’t need to be replaced until 150,000 miles. Although there are some vehicles that have wheel bearings that require regular service. In order to find out if your vehicle fits in that category, check out the owner’s manual or ask the mechanic that services your car when it is needed.

The maintenance for a wheel bearing usually involves lubricating the bearing. This service is done by removing the wheel bearing from the wheel hub assembly, then greasing it manually or with a device referred to as a wheel bearing packer, and finally reinstalling it.

It is very important to stay on the maintenance schedule if your vehicle is one that requires periodic wheel bearing maintenance. As time goes on, the grease in the wheel bearings can break down and become less effective. Grease escapes through the bearing until there is not enough left for lubricating the bearings. If the wheel bearings are not lubricated properly, they could overheat. This may result in your wheels falling off of your vehicle.

If you are unsure about how to tell if your wheel bearings are lubricated properly, watch for signs such as a wobbly wheel, or a low growl or hum coming from any of the wheels. If any of these signs sound familiar, you should take your car in as soon as possible.

Bearings of SUNBEARING for all kinds of wheels.

Bearings in Skateboards

rubber seal deep groove ball bearing

There are many places that offer the best bearings for skateboards and they have their complex mechanism with simple construction and operation.

Bearings of SUNBEARING usually consist of an outer ring, a guide, the cage with balls and rolling body, and the inner ring. These components move against each other and the rolling bodies (balls/rollers) reduce frictional resistance between the inner and outer ring.

In a skateboard wheel with a ball bearing, the balls roll in the middle while the outer ring rotates and the inner ring does not move at all. This way the wheel turns smoothly and without much effort.

Wheel bearings are very important to take care of. Be sure that your bearings are running smoothly.

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