Installing a Bearing Flange
For anyone who has built a high performance sports car, you may know the importance of the bearing flange and how it can make or break your car. For many people, this is the part of the car that does the most damage to the engine because the bearing can become damaged in the wrong way, either from a leaky pipe or from getting too much pressure from the water pump.
Because the bearing can make all the difference between a well-built car and one that is prone to breakdowns, having a properly fitted bearing flange will improve your car's performance and reliability. When the flange is installed correctly, there are three basic steps to fitting it - sealing the ends, sealing the middle and sealing the centre.
When installing a bearing flange, it is important that you follow the manufacturer's instructions. If you do not follow them you can cause serious damage to your car. When installing it, ensure that the sealant is completely seated before you begin to seal the flange. You need to also lubricate the flange with a good quality grease so that it is ready to be sealed.
You will then need to put the flange into the oil drain and turn on the end sealant. The sealant is the glue that helps seal the sides of the flange to the sides of the pipe and the middle sealant helps seal the middle of the flange to the middle of the pipe.
Once you have both seals in place, you need to tighten them firmly to each other using a screwdriver to bolt that has been screwed in firmly with a nut in the middle. Make sure that you tighten them evenly and firmly to avoid your bearing moving around inside the flange once you have tightened it up tightly. If you want to change the sealing method that you have chosen, remove one of the nuts and replace it with a new one. As you are tightening the flange, be careful not to damage the sealant that has been applied to the flange, as this could easily damage the sealing technique that you have chosen.
If you find that your bearing flange is not sealing, you can try using silicone to try and fix it, but it is always best to leave it alone as silicone will only help seal up the flange but not fix the problem. If your flange does not seal, you may need to get it re-sealed by using silicon, but then you should only do this if you have tried every possible option available to fix the problem.