There is no doubt at all that Porsche is a model most motor enthusiasts reckon with. It comes along with sturdy parts, mind-blowing artificial intelligence and so many other features that make driving the car an experience on can always look forward to. But like any Porsche owner will tell you, there are Porsche parts that always succumb to wear and tear. The bearing, complete with Porsche ball bearings, is one such part. The wear and tear factor can come along because of age. It can also come along as a result of neglect or ignorance on how to prevent its failure. To make sure this does not happen, always take into account the following preventive measures.
Be Keen On Your Mileage
Your Porsche will at one point hit the 80,000-mile mark. That’s usually the mark when things succumb to wear and tear. So with that in mind, consider replacement when the mileage reads anything between 80,000 and 188,000 miles. Then always inspect your wheel bearings during brake servicing or replacement regardless of your Porsche’s age. That way, you will always note any minor or major issues on the bearing that immediate fixing.
Lubrication Matters A lot
Most experts recommend lubrication at 22,000 or 24,000 miles for the front wheel bearings. This is usually for rear wheel drive Porsche models. Unfortunately, most Porsche owners do not lubricate their bearings until the need to replace brakes arises. This means that Porsche ball bearings and the general bearing system sometimes go twice as long as is recommended before lubrication. This is wrong and one of the main reasons why bearings fail without warning.
Always Handle With Care
Despite their solid feel and rugged construction, bearings happen to be extremely sensitive Porsche components. Always handle them with care. What may appear as a small mishandling during transport, storage or even mounting can easily damage the bearing’s internal geometry. This will in turn lead to premature bearing failure. It also poses potential damage to other components around the bearing.
It is hard to avoid dirt when working on bearings. With all the grease and oil around the wheel and other components around the bearing, dirty becomes inevitable. But even then, make sure the bearing does not accumulate dirt. Even the tiniest of particles or grit entering the bearing will shorten its lifespan and cause it to fail.
Be keen when mounting bearings. The thumb rule here is to always have an expert do the mounting. Refer to your car manual in instances where you have to do the mounting on your own. The mounting force applied the wrong way to any part of the bearing will create indents along bearing raceways. This will result in sudden bearing failure. Early bearing failure is also guaranteed if the seal or bearing get damaged in any way during mounting. You will know this as soon as you hear a noise from the bearing shortly after installation. Be sure to also use the right bearing mounting equipment. Avoid using the hammer has it causes damage due to high and sharp impacts. Instead, use a pressing arbor to mount press the bearings.