There are a great deal of causes for bearing failures, ranging from improper lubrication to excessive loads to contamination and corrosion. When you have a business to run and jobs that need to get done, you don’t have time for bearing failures. All bearings must be properly installed, lubricated, and maintained to keep in well working order.
To avoid the issue of bearing failure, you must first understand what causes bearing failures, what the most common types of bearing failures are, and what these will result in. Let’s take a closer look into what can go wrong when it comes to bearings.
The most common cause of bearing failures, which amounts to about 55%, is inadequate lubrication. This includes insufficient lubrication, unsuitable lubrication, as well as aged lubrication. There are four different levels of bearing damage due to inadequate lubrication.