The Rod Bearing Set should always be maintained in good shape to ensure safety and durability while on the road.
You may not be a jet pilot, but you can have a jet plane component installed in your car. Yes, you read that right. Your car's rod bearing set is also used for aerospace applications. The set varies on makes and sizes, particularly on diameter and bulk. Rod bearing sets are designed depending on the need of a vehicle.
Rod bearings are made from either metal or non-metal materials. Metal rod bearings can be made from brass, bronze, iron, or steel that's coated with zinc or chromium for a stainless finish. Non-metal rod bearings can be molded from high-quality plastic, nylon, or Teflon. The non-metal materials have more resistance to heat and corrosion, while the metallic molds have more durability. In some cases, lubricants are added to enhance protection and seam. Rod bearings in your car are used on the engine's cylinder ends, linking engine parts as well as preventing them from disengaging and misaligning.
A rod bearing set comes with numerous components for easy installation and ideal operation. You can buy each component individually, but it would cost more. Plus, you also have to worry about part compatibility. That's why if you need a replacement or an upgrade, buy an OEM-approved set to save money, time, and effort.
Rod Bearing Set: How to Get the Best Buy
Over time, the rod bearing set installed in your car can get worn out and lead to damaging nearby components. A lot of factors contribute to the bearing's wear and tear, including pressure, heat, abrasion, chemical attack, and insufficient lubrication. When it's time to have the bearings replaced, it helps to have enough knowledge on which replacement to choose.
Should you go for aftermarket or OEM?
Advantages of aftermarket rod bearings
Aftermarket bearings are usually offered as direct replacement parts, but are not manufactured by the car maker. These will not forfeit your vehicle's warranty; In fact, some aftermarket rod bearings are crafted to work the same or even better than the original component.
- Save bucks: Since aftermarket rod bearings are sold cheaper than OEM ones, you can definitely enjoy saving dollars when buying replacements. You can look around and compare brands, as the savings you can get vary per vendor. If you think that the price of the bearing is too good to be true, inquire about the product's quality.
- Standard or above-standard quality: Some aftermarket bearings can function at par or even better than the original component. Thanks to reverse-engineering, aftermarket corporations strive to get a balance between cost and quality.
- Wide range of choices: Given the large number of aftermarket companies, you can definitely marvel at the variety of replacement brands and price ranges that you can choose from.
Advantages of OEM rod bearings
OEM replacement bearings are produced by the car's manufacturer. This means that these replacements have the exact same specifications as your stock components.
- Quick selection: When you purchase a replacement rod bearing at a dealership, you'll receive just one type. This way, you won't need to compare and contrast the price and quality of other replacement products.
- Confidence in quality: Since the component is manufactured by the same company that made your car, the OEM rod bearing replacement will surely work exactly as your original component.
- Protected by warranty: Unlike aftermarket rod bearings, OEM bearings come with a one-year warranty. Some companies even stand by their labor if you have your car repaired there.
Whichever type you choose, always take into consideration your budget allocation and your driving lifestyle. Remember that the deterioration of your car's components depend mainly on how you use your vehicle.
Changing Your Rod Bearing Set
In order to rebuild your engine, you need to make sure that the connecting rod bearings get replaced. These bearings are critical for the proper operation of the motor, as it supports the crankshaft and the piston's wrist pin. Changing the rod bearing set can be quick and easy, though you may still need to take note of some tips that can make the installation of the new bearing set faster.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools you'll need:
- Socket and ratchet set
- Small hammer or rubber mallet
- C-clip pliers
- Lint-free cloth
- Connecting rods
- New bearings
Step 1: Detach the connecting rods from the pistons and crankshaft. Use a properly sized ratchet and socket to remove the two rod bolts that connect the rod and end cap to the crank. At the smaller end, you'll see that a wrist pin fastens the rod to the piston . Using a pair of C-clip pliers, remove the two C-clips that secure the wrist pin in place.
Step 2: Take out the old bearings from the rod. You can simply slide them out, though you may need to lightly tap them with a hammer to loosen the connection. Be sure you tap the hammer on the bearings' top edge and not the sides.
Step 3: Get some degreaser and use it to clean the surface of the rod. Inspect the rod's bearing surface for any dirt or grime. Then, wipe off the new bearings before installing them.
Step 4: Slide one bearing into the rod's larger end, and another bearing into the end cap. See to it that the bearing slides down and fits snugly into the rod's curved part. The notch on the bearing should be opposite the notch on the rod, and not on the same side.
Step 5: The small, rounded bearing in the tinier end of the rod, where the wrist pin slides through, should be pressed out using a press. If you don't have one, then use a socket that's large enough to cover the bearing, but tiny enough to get through the rod. Use this socket to gently tap out the bearing.