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Old 26-03-2017, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default Rear wheel bearing seal orientation

I have just refitted my rear hubs with the old (cleaned) bearings and new seals. When I popped the old seals out I noticed that someone had fitted them backwards!
I have just Googled to find the torque setting and read on a forum post that fitting the seals backward is the correct way. Most of the images I found show them fitted normally.

Anyone have any wisdom on this?
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Old 27-03-2017, 06:21 AM   #2
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I had some confusion on this as well, apparently they go one way round for the ball bearing type and the other way around for the taper roller type but the heynes manual is as clear as mud as to which way is which. I just put them the way I thought sensible (on taper bearings) - with the open end facing the bearing as that's the way this sort of seal normally goes to seal in oil/grease.
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Old 27-03-2017, 11:58 AM   #3
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Yes that's what I read on a forum (can't remember which one).
I cant understand how a seal functions differently if the bearing is ball or taper roller! How does it know?

I think I will leave them as they are. Open (spring) side against the bearings.
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Old 27-03-2017, 12:35 PM   #4
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I think I will leave them as they are. Open (spring) side against the bearings.
That's how I've always assembled them, taper or roller bearing
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