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BEARINGS:

Bearings are found in almost every rotating part of your car. A bad accessory or wheel bearing makes a whirring, rumbling, or roaring noise. A bad engine bearing makes a loud knocking sound.

NOTE: I have a recording of a bad wheel bearing AND a bad clutch throwout bearing in my NOISE LIBRARY

BEARING TYPES:


ROLLER BEARING

Roller bearings are found in heavy duty applications like wheels, transmissions, etc. The bearings are cylindrical and roll between an inner and outer race. Many wheel bearings are "tapered roller bearings" and are slightly conical. A tapered roller bearing is adjusted, or "pre-loaded" by a nut which presses the bearings into the bearing race. Very small roller bearings are called needle bearings. Needle bearings are usually found in transmissions, and the universal joints on rear wheel drive cars.


BALL BEARING

Ball bearings are similar, but instead of cylindrical shaped bearings they have spherical (ball) shapes.


HYDROSTATIC OR HYDRODYNAMIC BEARING

Ever slid on wet tile in flip-flops? That's how hydrostatic bearings work. They are found in extreme load applications, like your engine crankshaft bearings (mains and rods). They depend on a steady supply of oil, and do not work until the shaft is in motion. That's why getting oil to your crank quickly is important. That's why regular oil changes and the proper oil type are so important!

Here's some images of various automotive bearings



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Auto, Car, and Truck Article List

A
ABS: Anti-Lock Brake Systems
ADVANCE: Car ignition timing
ALTERNATORS and Car Battery
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS
B
BAD CAR DESIGNS
BATTERIES: Auto, Car or Truck
BELTS AND HOSES
BEARINGS
BODY AND BUMPER REPAIRS
BRAKE REPAIRS: Car or Truck
C
Car Washing and Care
CARBURETORS:Car & Truck
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
CLEANING: Engine Cleaning
CLUTCH REPAIRS: Car & Truck
COMPRESSION: Car Engine
COMPUTER CAR CONTROLS
CV JOINT OR CV AXLES
D
DISTRIBUTORS (IGNITION)
E
ELECTRIC WIRING REPAIR
ENGINES: Car & Truck
ENGINE CLEANING
EXPANSION PLUGS
F
FREEZE PLUGS
FUEL AIR MIXTURE
FUEL INJECTION: Car & Truck
FUEL PUMPS: Car & Truck
G
GAGES AND "IDIOT LIGHTS"
GASKETS AND SEALS
GLASS: WINDOWS AND WINDSHIELDS
H
HEADS & HEAD GASKET
HOSES AND BELTS
I
"IDIOT LIGHTS" AND GAGES
IGNITION TIMING: Car & Truck
J
AUTO JACKS: lifting cars safely
K
L
LEAN "Car runs lean"
LIGHTS: WARNING OR "IDIOT LIGHTS"
Limp Home Mode
M
MIL Light
MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS
N
NO START: Car Won't Start
O
OIL CHANGES
OIL: What's right for your car?
OIL LIGHT ON OR GAGE LOW
P
PCV Valve
Q
R
RADIATORS: Car and Truck
RICH: Car runs rich
S
SEALS AND GASKETS
SERVICE ENGINE SOON LIGHT
SPARK PLUGS
STARTERS: Auto, Truck
T
THERMOSTATS
TIMING: IGNITION TIMING
TIMING BELT & TIMING CHAIN
TIRE REPAIR
TRANSMISSIONS: AUTOMATIC
TRANSMISSIONS: MANUAL
U
V
VACUUM ADVANCE
WARNING LIGHTS OR "IDIOT LIGHTS"
Car Washing and Care
W
WATER PUMP REPAIR
WINDOWS AND WINDSHIELDS
WIRING REPAIR
X
Y
Z

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