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Reducing maintenance on locomotive bogie bearings

Challenge

Locomotives bogie bearings had to be frequently maintained due to poor lubrication caused by the use of a standard grease and its low resistance to water washout. The bogie’s steel wheels were exposed to high temperatures due to various ranges of friction. Also, exposure to heavy loads and muddy water, led to numerous and premature bearing failure.

Locomotive under maintenance

Solution

Chesterton specialists suggested the Chesterton 615#2 High Temperature Grease.This product has exceptional, extreme pressure capabilities and excellent resistance to water washout. Temperature limit from -40° C (-40 ° F) to 204 ° C (400 ° F). Ideal for harsh conditions of temperature, water, corrosion and heavy loads. This product also has:

  • Excellent corrosion protection
  • Exceptional shear resistance
  • Will not bleed or age harden

Bearing ready for use with Chesterton 615# High Temperature Grease

Results

The bearings of the locomotives were generally changed on average every two weeks due to wear, but with the Chesterton 615 HTG bearings, they wear only 1 and 1/2 months on average with continuous use. Bearing lubrication and repacking takes 3 days, while repair and replacement take a week.

Chesterton 615#2 High Temperature Grease

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