AgWeb's resident mechanic must have touched a nerve. Since Dan Anderson first blogged about lock collars and bearings in early December, he's been fielding questions left and right. Here, we've compiled all of his tips and tricks about dealing with these sometimes-frustrating parts.
Every so often, even the most experienced mechanic has to pause and think for a minute to remember which way to rotate a lock collar to lock it to a bearing.
Pounding on a lock collar until it absolutely will not move another fraction of an inch is a great way to crack the eccentric edge of either the bearing race or the lock collar itself.
What if a lock collar is locked in the wrong direction during assembly?
It should be a simple process, but it can be one of the more aggravating steps in bearing replacement because the darn things are often rusted and frozen in place after being installed by somebody who did or didn't know the proper way to install them.