The two most important bearings in an internal combustion engine are the main engine bearings and the connecting rod bearings. Engine bearings protect and support the connecting rod and crankshaft enabling them to spin freely in the engine. In a reciprocating piston engine, the connecting rod connects the piston to the crankshaft. The rotating components of internal combustion engines are equipped with sleeve bearings. The reciprocating engines are characterised by cycle loading of their parts including the bearings. These loads are a result of alternating pressure of combustion gases in the cylinder.
Characteristics of the Conrod bearing
Connecting rod bearings provide rotating motion of the crank within the connecting rod. This transmits cycling loads applied to the piston. The connecting rod bearings are mounted in the big end side of the connecting rod and consist of two halves for installation purposes. They are sliding bearings as these can provide a distribution of the applied load over a relatively wide area. Roller bearings with their relatively small area of load on the ring surface are not suitable for the internal combustion engine. The manufacturer has purposely chosen the size and materials which best work in their engine. This will differ from manufacturer to manufacturer as the engine components differ widely. Always replace any engine components with reliable quality parts.
Benefits of using the KRP3016 127 IEP Conrod Bearing Kit
This unit has been designed to fit the make and model of engine perfectly. It has the right lubricating gaps in the components and if fitted correctly will ensure a long working life. If there is a knocking noise in the engine it is very possibly the beginning of the conrod bearing failure. These should be replaced immediately to avoid catastrophic engine failure which may necessitate replacing the whole engine as it may not be repairable. Decreased oil pressure is another of the symptoms of bearing failure and should be investigated as soon as possible. The sooner the problem is dealt with the cheaper the repair will be. To order a KRP3016 127 IEP Conrod Bearing Kit, contact IEP Power Products today.