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Dose it make a difference which way the bearing goes on?
Usually the parts number of the bearing will be on the outside so that you can read it when you access the bearing. On most bearings yes it does matter because they are designed to carry a load in a certain way so if you change the direction it will not operate properly and fail. This is not always the case but it's the rule of thumb. Also the shape of a bearing may determine how it fits in the area it is suppose to rest in. I have actually seen some one mount wheel bearings back ward with the inner and outer races installed opposite . I was able to salvage the job but barely they almost had to buy a spindle also besides just new bearings. Looking at the picture closer it almost looks like there is a rubber seal on the inside edge of the bearing and it looks like that may be the cover plate laying on the ground behind it. Is there a seal on the face plate laying on the ground? If so you need to replace it. To me it doesn't look like there is one and you have the bearing turned backwards with the seal on the bearing on the inside instead of the outside. Is this an oil bearing or a grease bearing. It looks like this is on a piece of heavy equipment and I am a heavy equipment mechanic also. I would suspect then the bearing IS BACKWARDS and the plate will go over o hold the bearing in place so there should most likely be a gasket or o ring that goes between the faceplate and the machine mounting surface. Depending on What machine this is you will use either 90 -160 weight oil depending on Manufacturing specs. OR Hydraulic oil. Put in it what the manufacture says. I would also use some type of cleaner to clean the inside area of any metal particles that may have remained from the previous bearing failure. I would also polish up that shaft some where the seal will ride , clean it good then lube it to prevent damaging the seal when you install it. If there were any shim plates between the face plate and machine be sure they are clean and install them also. If there were shims and you do not put shims back in then the bearing may be too tight and burn up. If no shims then ok. Good luck hope I helped.
Posted on Apr 16, 2014
How would anyone know without knowing what it is you are working on. Do you have an info, part number of the bearing ??
Posted on Apr 16, 2014
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