RC Engine Bearing Maintenance & Installation

STANDARD ENGINE BEARING INSTALLATION GUIDE

 

FRONT BEARING : It is recommended that one of the shields be removed and that the bearing is installed with the shielded side facing the outside of the engine. For our rubber sealed engine bearings however, it is recommended that you leave both seals on. The bearing is already filled with grease so it does not need the fuel to lubricate it. This also allows more fuel to get to the rear bearing and to help stop leakage through the front bearing.

REAR BEARING : For maximum lubrication, both shields may be removed from the rear (large) bearing. However, removing one shield will still allow the fuel/lubricant to flow through the bearing and this method offers the added advantage of providing protection to the chamber area by eliminating the possibility of any foreign matter or contaminants passing through. Either method is acceptable, it’s really a matter of preference. If one shield is left in place, the bearing should be installed with the open part of the bearing facing the small bearing in front.

 

HIGH SPEED BEARING INSTALLATION GUIDE

 

FRONT BEARING : Some of our High Speed, High Heat front bearings are supplied with one shield. It is not necessary to remove this shield. The bearing should be installed with the shield facing toward the front of the engine. Please note that the shield is the metal/silver ring located on the side of the bearing. For our bearing’s rubber sealed engine bearings however, it is recommended that you leave both seals on. The bearing is already filled with grease so it does not need the fuel to lubricate it. This also allows more fuel to get to the rear bearing and to help stop leakage through the front bearing.

REAR BEARING : Some of our High Speed, High Heat rear bearings are supplied with one shield. The bearing should be installed with the open part of the bearing facing toward the front bearing. When maximum lubrication is required, the single shield may be removed. However, leaving the one shield in place will still allow the fuel/lubricant to flow through the bearing. This method offers the added advantage of providing protection to the chamber area by eliminating the possibility of any foreign matter or contaminants passing through. Either method is acceptable, it’s really a matter of preference.

 

CERAMIC BEARING CAUTION

 

Because ceramic is so much harder than steel we always suggest that you leave one seal or shield on and face it towards the inside of the engine. This will protect your engine if it comes under any excessive side load that may result in the ball being ejected from the retainer.