What is the best grease for sealed bearings?

Lithium based greases are very popular as bearing grease due to their water resistance and performance characteristics in both high and low temperatures.

What type of grease is used in sealed bearings?

Polyurea Grease: The standard in electric motor bearings due to high temperature performance, inherent anti-oxidative properties, and high shear stability. This grease thrives in sealed bearings. Oil: Oil vendors use many different additives that may not be compatible with other oil types.

Should you grease sealed bearings?

FOR STARTERS, note that most sealed bearings come pre-greased from the factory with a 25%-35% grease fill. This is all the grease the bearings will ever need, because the relubrication interval (explained below) is longer than the expected life of the bearing.

What is the best grease to use on bearings?

  1. Editor's Choice: Valvoline Full Synthetic Grease. ...
  2. Lucas Oil X-Tra Heavy Duty Grease. ...
  3. Lucas Oil Red 'N' Tacky Grease. ...
  4. Mag 1 High-Temp Wheel Bearing Grease. ...
  5. Mobil 1 Synthetic Grease. ...
  6. Timken Premium Red Wheel Bearing Grease. ...
  7. Sta-Lube New Generation Wheel Bearing Grease.

Is lithium grease OK for bearings?

Grease for Lubrication

A lubricating grease such as white lithium grease works by lowering the coefficient of friction at the interface between 2 or more parts. It is often used as a gear grease and to protect bearings.

Re-greasing a shielded bearing (no disassembly)

Can you put too much grease in a bearing?

Overgreasing by applying too much grease to a bearing at one time can result in a seal failure and generate heat in the bearing housing. When too much grease is pumped into a bearing cavity, it eventually will become full. If there is no relief port on the housing, the grease will blow through the seals.

Can sealed ball bearings be lubricated?

Sealed spherical roller bearings are able to handle high loads and large misalignments, with effective protection against dirt, and at the same time maintain lubrication.

What do you lubricate seals with?

Lithium or White Grease

White grease is best used on devices that work at high temperatures. It's thicker than other lubricants, so it stays put no matter how much pressure is applied to seal components. Keeping your seal components well lubricated prevents friction from ruining your machinery.

How long do sealed bearings last?

When properly maintained, most bearings should last approximately eight to 12 years. Bearing lifespans are represented through a concept called the L10 life. The L10 life is the age to which approximately 90% of bearings of a sufficiently large population under similar conditions will survive.

Why do sealed bearings fail?

The majority of bearing failures occur because of improper lubrication. Lubrication failure can occur if the wrong lubricant is used, if not enough lubricant is applied, or if the bearing has been exposed to excessive temperatures that have caused the lubricant to degrade. Corrosion & Contamination.

Do I need to grease a sealed ball joint?

Sealed ball joints that do not have a grease fitting are lubed for life and are not serviceable and you cannot lube them. These type of joints are greased from the factory and sealed.

Is lithium grease good for rubber seals?

White lithium grease is good on rubber. Silicone grease is safe on rubber and actually helps to keep it soft. Any grease with a mineral oil base will degrade natural rubber.

Is moly grease OK for wheel bearings?

Greases containing moly are recommended for roller bearings subjected to very heavy loads and shock loading, especially in slow or oscillating motion such as found in universal joints and CV joints.

Is silicone grease good for bearings?

Applications of silicone grease

Figure 3: Silicone grease can be used to lubricate gears, valves, or machinery components such as bearings.

Is silicone grease good for rubber seals?

However, knowing if the o ring is made from ordinary natural rubber or synthetic rubber is where the problem lies, as petroleum will degrade natural rubber. To avoid such problems, we'd recommend the use of silicone lubricant for seals and o rings.

Will grease damage rubber seals?

It isn't uncommon in industrial applications for for greases to come in contact with rubber seals or other parts. Many greases aren't compatible with certain types of rubber, which can cause seals to swell or crack and lead to damage and down-time.

What type of bearing should not be lubricated?

You can run bearings dry for slow moving applications such as tonearm bearings or clock bearings. However, if bearings are used without lubrication, we recommend that they are made of a corrosion resistant material such as stainless steel.

Does the color of bearing grease matter?

While operators tend to associate the grease they use with a color, like deep red or bright blue. As described in the video from Mobil below, the color of the grease does not change the performance characteristics and it is only the manufacturer who determines what color their grease is.

When lubricating a bearing the worst mistake would be?

Too Much Lubrication

Over-lubricating a bearing can also cause premature failure. Too much grease being forced into a bearing can cause damage to the seals and an increase in bearing operator temperature. Additionally with too much lubrication rolling elements begin to “slide” rather than role.

Can you use WD 40 to lubricate bearings?

Yes, you can apply any kind of lubricant to the bearings. Be sure to dry any excess once you have sufficiently lubricated the bearings.

Where should you not use lithium grease?

Lithium-based lubricants are used in cars and machinery in general. It's not advisable to use them on plastic parts. As lithium is based on petroleum, it tends to speed up rubber and plastic components decay.

What is the difference between white and black lithium grease?

To be more specific on colors, white greases are indicative of greases for food machinery, while black greases are moly/graphite greases for severe operating conditions.

What is the difference between lithium and moly grease?

Lubrication grease is a mixture of oil and soap or another thickener. The portion of the grease that determines the compatibility is the thickener. Lithium complex is the thickener that is most compatible with other thickeners.