Relubrication can extend bearing unit service life under any of the following conditions:
- The bearings are exposed to high humidity or severe contamination.
- The bearings accommodate normal or heavy loads.
- The bearings operate for extended periods at high speeds or at temperatures above 55 °C (130 °F).
- The bearings are subjected to high vibration levels.
To relubricate ball bearing units, the following greases can be used:
Ball bearing units comprising either zinc-coated and stainless steel bearings
→ food-grade grease SKF LGFP 2
all other ball bearing units
→ SKF LGWA 2, LGMT 2 or LGMT 3 grease
If relubrication is needed, the relubrication intervals can be estimated following the method explained under Estimating the relubrication interval for grease.
When relubricating, the shaft should be turned and grease should be pumped slowly until fresh grease starts to escape from the seal(s). Excessive pressure from pumping too quickly can damage the seals. When machines and equipment are used for a limited period of time, SKF recommends relubricating each bearing at the end of the operational period, i.e. immediately before being laid up.
Relubrication features for housings made of:
Grease fitting with a 1/4-28 SAE-LT thread.
- The hole for the grease fitting has a 1/4-28 UNF thread, which can be changed to G 1/4, using an LAPN 1/4 UNF adapter.
- Grease fitting with a 1/4-28 SAE-LT thread.
Composite for SKF Food Line
- Relubrication feature available on request (designation suffixes N and VZ1A2 combined).
SKF insert bearings are designed to facilitate relubrication. They have two lubrication holes in the outer ring as standard, one on each side, positioned 120° apart.
Bearings without lubrication holes can be supplied on request (designation suffix W).The following bearings do not have the standard relubrication features:
Stainless steel insert bearings with grub screws have a lubrication groove in the outer ring located on the side opposite the locking device and one lubrication hole within this groove. Stainless steel bearings with designation suffix GR have these features located at the side of the locking device.
- Insert bearings with a standard inner ring without designation suffix B and insert bearings with 5-lip seals are lubricated for life and cannot be relubricated. They do not have any lubrication holes.