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Rod ends requiring maintenance

Steel/steel and steel/bronze rod ends require lubrication. To facilitate this:

  • All SKF steel/steel rod ends, with the exception of small-sized E and ESA design rod ends, can be relubricated via a lubrication hole (fig. 1) or grease fitting in the rod end housing as well as via the pin and the inner ring (fig. 2).
  • All SKF steel/bronze rod ends can be relubricated via a lubrication hole or grease fitting in the rod end housing (fig. 3 and fig. 4).

The general recommendations for steel/steel radial spherical plain bearings also apply to steel/steel rod ends as well as steel/bronze rod ends.

For steel/bronze rod ends in the SIKAC .. M and SAKAC .. M series, SKF recommends SKF LGMT 3 grease (table 1). Lithium based greases with a normal consistency without solid lubricant additives can also be used.

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