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Bearings

Cars, trucks, and industrial equipment depend on bearings to make their transmissions work more smoothly and efficiently. There are two types of bearings that are integral to a clutch system. They are the clutch release bearing and the pilot bearing. A bearing must be of superior quality in construction. This includes the grade of steel as well as the grease inside. The use and stress that are generated within the confines of the release bearing and the pilot bearing are constant. These bearings must stand up to these conditions or else premature failure is imminent. For the most part, these bearings are inexpensive relative to the other components involved in the clutch system and should be changed when replacing the clutch. If you decide to reuse an old bearing and it fails in a few thousand miles, you will kick yourself for not changing it when you replaced the clutch.

HR Clutch has been providing excellence and service for its clients since 1960. With clients across the US, we have been working hard so that we can provide only affordable, high-quality release bearings and pilot bearings. We offer our customers the option of buying parts individually or in clutch kit form. Read on to learn more about each bearing.

Clutch Release Bearing
The main responsibility of a release bearing is to aid in the disengagement of the clutch. A clutch release bearing is attached to a transmission, where it pushes or sometimes pulls the springs inside of a pressure plate. As the clutch pedal is pushed, the “fork” lever is moved down and the release bearing is pushed against the springs, relieving spring tension. At this point, the clutch release bearing enables the pressure plate to disengage the clutch. It is highly recommended that this release bearing is changed every time your clutch is replaced. Here at HR Clutch, we sell premium clutch release bearings, such as BCA, Aetna, NSK, NTN, and Koyo to name a few.

Pilot Bearing
The main role of a pilot bearing (or a pilot bushing) is to support the transmission input shaft as well as to align the clutch disc to the flywheel. It’s used mostly on rear-wheel-drive vehicles. There are three basic types of pilot bearings. They are as follows: needle bearing, roller ball bearing, and brass bushing. If a pilot bearing is defective or worn, the vehicle can experience rapid clutch wear as well as clutch engagement/disengagement problems. At HR Clutch, we provide quality name brand pilot bearings.

 

 

 

 

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