When it comes to bearings, there’s a delicate balance between over-greasing, and not greasing enough. Doing one or the other may end up ruining your ball bearings, or drastically cutting its life-span. Sound like a tricky issue? It may seem that way at first, but once you come to understand why your bearings need grease, the easier time you’ll have with your bearing maintenance.
Grease caps are the peg-like covers found at the center of a wheel and are a necessary component of keeping your ball and roller bearings in tip-top shape. Often time’s grease caps go ignored until your bearings are already cracked and broken. If you want to increase your bearings designed lifespan, then you’re going to want to start paying attention to grease caps.
One of the hard-hitters in taking down your bearings are the elements: dirt, debris, water, salt, and sand that can be transferred from the road into your vehicles bearings. Bearings need lubrication, and using grease caps will ensure your bearings are running smooth and clean while reducing the odds of debris and other contaminants getting stuck inside your bearings. Grease caps improve the function and lifespan of your bearings by ensuring that they receive proper lubrication and come in all different varieties to fit every possible application. These caps can be either threaded, or press-on.
No matter which type you choose, keeping a grease cap on your vehicle is an absolute must. To ensure the best possible protection of your ball bearings, clean and repack your bearings with grease at least once a year. This is essential in wheel bearing maintenance. For more information on bearings and grease caps, or to request a personal quote, feel free to call VNC Bearings at 800-862-3211.