When installing metal-reinforced seals, the first step is to check the shaft and housing bore for proper specifications and condition. Next, coat both the seal and bore lightly with a lubricant, preferably the same one that will be used to lubricate the application. For large diameter seals, a special installation tool may not be practical. In these cases, do not hit the seal or seal case directly. Instead, use a wooden block, long enough to span the seal’s outside diameter. When using this method, it is important to apply hammer-blows evenly and sequentially to the wood piece around the seal circumference to prevent the seal from tilting or skewing. SKF also recommends the use of a dead blow hammer for full energy transfer with less impact (fig 1).
In some applications, the housing is designed for two seals in tandem, or a seal might have to be recessed further into the bore depth. In those cases, first set the seal flush with the housing using the method described above. Then, use a shorter piece of wood to drive the seal deeper into the bore utilizing a sequential pattern (fig 2).