KMP® engine bearings
The KMP engine bearing range is produced with quality at the forefront, with consideration of materials and manufacturing processes to ensure your engine’s longevity. The bearing range consists of engine main bearings, thrust bearings, conrod bearings, camshaft and small end bearings.
KMP Brand® bearings are suitable for a wide range of engines including: Case IH ®, Caterpillar®, Cummins®, Detroit Diesel®, Fiat®, Ford New Holland®, Iveco®, JCB®, John Deere®, Komatsu®, Massey Ferguson®, NEF® and Perkins®.
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In a typical engine, there are two main types of bearings: main bearings and connecting rod bearings.
What are Main bearings in an engine?
What are Conrod bearings in an engine?
How many miles do engine bearings last?
Connecting Rod Bearings:
The service life of connecting rod bearings can be influenced by engine RPM, load conditions, lubrication quality, and maintenance.
Aggressive driving, high-performance modifications, or poor maintenance practices can reduce the lifespan of connecting rod bearings.
Maintenance and Inspection:
- Regular oil changes with high-quality oil and proper oil filter replacement are crucial for extending bearing life. Monitoring oil pressure and addressing any sudden drops can help detect potential issues with bearings.
- Visual inspections during routine maintenance or when engine noise is detected can reveal signs of wear.
What are the symptoms of a worn engine bearing?
- Knocking or Rumbling Sounds: One of the primary indicators of a failing engine bearing is a knocking or rumbling noise coming from the engine. This noise is often more pronounced during acceleration.
- Low Oil Pressure: Engine bearings rely on a constant supply of oil for lubrication. A drop in oil pressure can cause bearing wear, leading to insufficient lubrication and increased friction.
- Excessive Vibration: Worn bearings can cause increased vibration throughout the engine.
- Increased Operating Temperature: An increased operating temperature may indicate that the layer of oil between bearing and main journal has broken down causing metal to metal contact. This friction will generate excessive heat in the engine.
- Oil Contamination: An increased operating A good tell-tale sign bearings are wearing out is the condition of the engine oil. This can be monitored through oil sampling and regular oil changes as per the engine workshop manual.
Can you drive with worn engine bearings?
What causes engine bearing failure?
- Poor Lubrication: Inadequate oil supply or contaminated oil can lead to insufficient lubrication, causing accelerated wear on the bearings.
- Overheating: Excessive heat generated within the engine can lead to thermal expansion, affecting the clearances in the bearings and accelerating wear.
- Contaminants: Dirt, debris, or metal particles in the oil can cause abrasion on the bearing surfaces, or oil channel blockages, leading to premature failure.
- High Mileage: As engines accumulate mileage, the wear on bearings becomes inevitable. Regular maintenance and timely replacement can mitigate this issue.