Seals Archives - Brake & Front End
Live Axle Wheel Bearing Service

Replacing rear wheel bearings on a live axle rear suspension requires a few extra steps when compared to a unitized bearing.

Servicing Wheel Bearing Seals

As a rule, wheel bearing seals should never leak.

Universal Seal/Bearing Puller From LTI Tools

Use with your air hammer for easy one-person operation on 90% of all seals and race bearings.

VIDEO: Brake Caliper Seals And Lubricants

Andrew Markel takes a look inside a brake caliper including how its seals and lubricants keep the unit braking safely. Sponsored by Nissan.

BCA Bearings Launches Medium-Duty Wheel End Offering

NTN, the parent company of BCA Bearings, announces the launch of the BCA’s medium-duty product line as an extension to its current wheel-end offering.

VIDEO: Seals Are Critical To Wheel Bearing Life

Andrew Markel discusses the importance of the wheel bearing seal and how it withstands intense heat to increase the bearing’s life. Sponsored by BCA Bearings.

Live-Axle Wheel Bearing Replacement

Replacing rear wheel bearings on a live-axle rear suspension requires a few extra steps when compared to a unitized bearing. To remove the axle shaft, the differential must be accessed and the clips that hold the axle in the differential must be removed.

2015 GMC Canyon Automatic Locking Rear Differential
Understanding Wheel Bearing Seals

A seal must always be installed so that the sealing lip is facing the fluid to be sealed. This is because the lip is made so that pressure applied to it from the “wet” side of the seal will tend to increase the pressure the lip applies to the shaft. If the seal is installed backwards, pressure acting on the “wrong” side of the lip will cause it to lift from the shaft, resulting in leakage. On most seals, the correct side is obvious; however, on others it is not.

Wheel bearing seal
Wheel Bearings: Measurement and Torque

Wheel bearings are either of the ball or tapered roller variety. Front wheel bearing applications are an angular-type ball bearing, which will accept greater thrust loads than a Conrad-type bearing, and will accept a 100 percent load in the radial or thrust position and any combination of a 100 percent load. A tapered roller bearing

Wheel bearing service tips