Right: MEYLE-ORIGINAL wheel bearing repair kit W hile MOTs waiting lists, dead batteries and tyres with flat spots might be the headline-grabbing problems post- lockdown, every other mechanical problem and regular service item will still find its way to you. Take bearings as an example. If bearings are not fitted correctly, it will cause you headaches in terms of wasted hours. An all-in-one kit from MEYLE is one solution which can save workshops valuable time according to MEYLE UK Sales Director Andrew Tress: “The wheel bearing and wheel hub are pre-assembled in the MEYLE-ORIGINAL wheel bearing repair kit, eliminating the need to remove and insert the wheel hub before installation, which can be a time-consuming process. This solution covers a global fleet of more than three million vehicles, including Audi, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and VW models.” Andrew continued: “Time is money, particularly in the workshop. MEYLE engineers are fully aware of this fact, developing and creating repair solutions that save time and money. The new pre-assembled MEYLE- ORIGINAL wheel bearing repair kit provides technicians with all the necessary parts as a complete set, with the wheel hub and wheel bearing pre-pressed for installation. The two components are already assembled to enable the fastest installation possible, eliminating the need for the press. “When removing the wheel hub, parts of the wheel bearing can get stuck on the hub or the hub may be damaged. The sensitive ABS sensor ring, if present, can also be damaged when reinserted. Using MEYLE’s pre- pressed repair kit also ensures that all tolerances such as concentricity and run-out fit perfectly, as the components are optimally matched. Ordering and storing the MEYLE kit is also a breeze; there’s no need to find the right components and installation takes just one step.” Andrew added: “Repair times at the workshop are thus reduced significantly. Installation requires up to 25% less time, as there’s no need to press and install individual components.” Variety As there are different generations of wheel bearings, it’s important that technicians recognise and understand the distinctions between them. According to First Line’s Global Marketing Director Jon Roughley, there are varying techniques that can be used when fitting them: “With Generation 0, technicians should always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions, especially in relation to torque settings. Overtightening can often lead to excessive pre-load, whereas under tightening can result in excessive endplay, both of which may result in premature failure. “First Line also recommends that technicians remove and install the bearings and race using suitable equipment that will provide an evenly distributed force across the whole surface area. Never directly impact the bearing or race as this may lead to irreparable damage. “For Generation 1, when press fitting the bearing into the knuckle, ensure that pressure is evenly applied 38 AFTERMARKET SEPTEMBER 2020 BEARINGS Without properly functioning wheel bearings, your customers might have a rough time. Finding out how to work with them the right way will help them and you SMOOTHING OUT THE SPIN