chassi s lubrication of ROVE R cars REFERENC E to the system of chassis lubrication no oil loss occurs in 99 per cent. of cases, but this adopte d by the Rover Company Ltd., for all annua l routine check is advisable. This can be clone thei r cars ha s been made in previous issues, an d many when the propellor shaft universal joints and spline intereste d readers have asked for fuller details. The ar e receiving their lubrication—the only grease Rove r Company Ltd., Meteor Works, Solihull, nipples on the car and which, of course, no cen Birmingham , have given us permission to give details tralized or automati c system can incorporate. an d illustrations of their method which, whilst not a Th e design of these oil-holding bearings is clearly centralized system, is very certainly a 100 per cent. illustrate d in the sectional drawings of the steering automati c one. pins and brake shaft bearings of the Rover chassis. Similar arrangements apply to all other bearings where rubber bushes cannot be employed. The oil Previou s Centralized System Discontinued. seals are supplied by George Angus & Co., Ltd. , and Th e Rover Company were one of the first motor in all cases, are of the hair line type tha t were des car manufacturers to realise th e importance of doing cribed in our issue of November, 1949. The oil awa y with grease gun reservoirs are air-tight so that oxidation of the oil lubrication , and for man y will not occur. It is, however, quite easy to top year s they fitted a cen the m up if this is necessary. tralize d system, which gav e good service. They stat e tha t the reason for Initial Cost High. it s discontinuance was If the claims made by th e Rover Company for this th e fact that it was not syste m are correct, and we see no reason to doubt possible t o preven t the oil them , this must provide a very excellent method of fed to the bearings from trouble-free lubrication. Its only disadvantage, of drippin g onto the garage course, is th e initial cost. The cost of supplying and floor. It is, of course, fittin g precision oil seals, with the necessity for correc t that all oil or accuratel y machined journal surfaces, is such that grease fed to lubrication thi s system could not be used on popular cars of point s must drip t o some relativel y low price. These refinements cost money, smal l extent if fed con bu t there is no doub t about their being worth it. tinuall y by a centralized Th e only trouble that we can envisage which system . migh t arise with thi s syste m is o n old Rover cars, and Most of the chassis bearing s on th e Rove r car, a s on man y modern cars, ar e now rubber bushed an d no lubrication a t any tim e is called for, bu t it is impossible to do away completel y with lubrica tio n in this way for every bearing . Those bearings requirin g lubrication, however, ar e filled with oil would be caused by bad servicing. We appreciate a t the works and hermetically sealed with precision tha t bad servicing of any car, of the lubrication oil seals, and the Rover Company have tested this syste m or any part of the car, will always lead to metho d in th e most exhaustive tests possible t o devise trouble . The oil seals mus t be correctly fitted. The an d have proved their suitability. In these tests, Rove r Agents would know how to fit new oil seals th e parts and bearings were made to operate in correctly, or more usually, would fit complete replace bath s of abrasive mixture, for very long periods; in men t parts after damage from any cause. It would fact , the conditions were many times more onerous no t do for an uninitiated garage mechanic to dis tha n could ever be experienced in an y typ e of driving. mantl e th e oil seals an d refit them without knowledge of this work—as, indeed, we explained in our recent article on oil seals with reference to those employed N o Attention Required. for industrial purposes. Th e only attention that the owner needs is to Th e system has been in use for some time now and check up once per annum that the oil level in these bearing s is being maintained. We are informed that i t is more than likely to be continued in future. 14 Scientific LUBRICATION August, 1950
Industrial Lubrication and Tribology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 1, 1950
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