Types of Wheel Bearings: All Need to Know about Wheel Bearing

In this article, we’ll be talking about two types of wheel bearings. The general design of the car has been used for two types – rolling and plain bearings. Many tens of thousands of them. Almost all automotive units have bearings.

Types of Wheel Bearings-Plain bearings

By this type, and refers to the bearing hub. It consists of two rings – outer and inner cage and rolling elements. These “bodies” have different shapes, with rotations or grooves created between the two rings “riding the wind”. Depending on the shape of the body of the rolling bearing the hub is still a ball or a roller. In the latter case, the rollers can be of different shapes: cylindrical, needle, conical or any other.

The composition structure for Plain bearings

The sliding friction occurs when the sliding bearing is working; the size of the sliding friction mainly depends on the manufacturing accuracy; and the size of the sliding bearing friction mainly depends on the material of the sliding surface of the bearing. Sliding bearings generally have a self-lubricating function on the working surface; sliding bearings are divided into non-metallic sliding bearings and metal sliding bearings according to materials.


Non-metallic sliding bearings are mainly plastic bearings, plastic bearings are generally made of engineering plastics with better performance; more professional manufacturers generally have engineering plastic self-lubricating modification technology, through fibers, special lubricants, glass beads And so on, the engineering plastics are self-lubricated and enhanced to achieve a certain performance, and then the modified plastics are processed into self-lubricating plastic bearings through injection molding.


At the beginning of the 21st century, the most used metal sliding bearing is the three-layer composite bearing. This kind of bearing is generally based on a carbon steel plate. Through sintering technology, a layer of spherical copper powder is first sintered on the steel plate, and then a layer of spherical copper powder is sintered on the copper powder layer. Sinter a layer of PTFE lubricant of about 0.03mm; the main function of the middle layer of spherical copper powder is to enhance the bonding strength between the steel plate and PTFE. Of course, it also plays a certain role in bearing and lubrication during work.

Types of Wheel Bearings-Rolling bearing

It is a precise mechanical element that converts the sliding friction between the running shaft and the shaft seat into rolling friction, thereby reducing friction loss. Rolling bearings are generally composed of four parts: inner ring, outer ring, rolling body and cage. The function of the inner ring is to cooperate with the shaft and rotate with the shaft; the function of the outer ring is to cooperate with the bearing seat and play a supporting role; the rolling elements are With the help of the cage, the rolling elements are evenly distributed between the inner ring and the outer ring. The shape, size and number of the rolling elements directly affect the performance and life of the rolling bearing; the cage can make the rolling elements evenly distributed and guide the rolling elements to rotate for lubrication.

Rolling Bearing Features

  1. Specialization

In the processing of bearing parts, a large number of special equipment for bearings are used. Such as steel ball processing using ball mills, grinding machines and other equipment. The characteristics of specialization are also reflected in the production of bearing parts, such as steel ball companies specializing in the production of steel balls, and miniature bearing factories specializing in the production of miniature bearings.

  1. Advanced

The use of advanced machine tools, tooling and processes is made possible due to the high volume scale requirements of bearing production. Such as CNC machine tools, three-jaw floating chuck and protective atmosphere heat treatment.

  1. Automation

The specialization of bearing production provides conditions for its production automation. A large number of fully automatic, semi-automatic dedicated and non-dedicated machine tools are used in production, and automatic production lines are gradually popularized and applied. Such as automatic heat treatment line and automatic assembly line.

Bearing front hub

With the rear wheel drive of the car it is the following: by type – rollers, according to the number of rows – single column, in the form of rolling elements – conical. The common node is used for two such bearings. They can withstand considerable radial and axial loads.

Maintenance and service life

The highest loads, already mentioned, bearings experience potholes and are very much in our country. Don’t underestimate environmental factors, such as temperature changes. In the first case the bearing is likely to have changes, in the second it can save lubricants, reduce friction, locally repelling fouling and corrosion protection. Various greases for lubricating materials are very suitable for the above-mentioned purposes. Due to the possibility of danger the vehicle unit should be checked regularly, about every 20-30 thousand kilometers. So check for backlash, the presence of noise when the wheels spin. If your car is equipped with single row bearings, you need to pay attention to the axial clearance regularly and change the lubricant in time. If you have sealed bearings, it is sometimes necessary to check the integrity of the seal. The service life of this unit depends on timely monitoring and proper installation. If resorting to self-assembly replacement, first you should read the manufacturer’s instructions. Some bearings are mounted under strong pressure. 

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