Lateral play in rear-wheel bearings

by mckechan   October 9, 2012  

I have MicroTech wheels with sealed hub bearings. I noticed some lateral play in my rear bearings recently.

I understand that the correct way to tighten them, is to loosen the small screw, screw the end of the hub tight and then tighten the small screw.

I have done that and made sure my QR is super-tight, but I still have some lateral play (a very small amount, but I am a bit OCD/fussy and it bothers me). I think I haven't tightened them correctly. Thinking

I have the following questions:
1. Is any amount of lateral play acceptable?
2. What is the best method of tightening these types of bearings? I released the QR, and twisted the end with my hands. I can't think how to get it tighter.

Many thanks for any advice you can offer....

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Realised I could tighten it with a regular spanner. Worked a treat, though now I am wondering if it's possible to make sealed bearings too tight Thinking

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posted by mckechan [184 posts]
13th October 2012 - 19:57

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mckechan wrote:
Realised I could tighten it with a regular spanner. Worked a treat, though now I am wondering if it's possible to make sealed bearings too tight Thinking

YES it is just enough so there is no play.Too tight and you will wear the bearing surface out long term and create drag short term

big mick

posted by big mick [176 posts]
17th October 2012 - 17:10

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