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3 Ways Wheel Hubs Can Become Damaged in Your Shop

Your shop can be a dangerous place for wheel hub assemblies if you don’t have the right policies and procedures in place to protect parts inventory. Damage to wheel hubs can occur when units are disassembled and put back together, or when contaminants and even corrosion are allowed to destroy the integrity of units before they’re installed. These risks must be identified and mitigated to protect your customers and your business.

Disassembly of Wheel Hubs

Whether you have a curious technician or your shop supervisor is attempting to teach new employees the nuances of wheel hub functionality, the disassembly of wheel hubs can damage units. Seals can become jarred or broken, lubrication can get wiped off or abrasions can cause components to fit less succinctly. All of these downsides make it important to leave wheel hub assemblies intact before installation. Otherwise, you’re increasing the likelihood for rework and maintenance issues.

Contaminants

Salt, water, and debris are among the contaminants that can destroy lubrication and damage wheel hubs in your shop. All of these materials have the power to slowly eat away at the effectiveness of wheel hubs and wheel bearings, revealing their presence long after a customer has left your shop. This makes it important to keep your parts inventory in a secure location free of potential contaminants. Otherwise, your technicians may end-up installing sub-standard units prone to maintenance issues.

Corrosion

Rust, oxidation, and corrosion can all damage wheel hub assemblies in your shop if you or your staff members aren’t effective at managing inventory. If wheel hubs are left on a storage rack in a room with leaks or poorly insulated walls, your inventory may end up becoming corroded. Corrosion can be subtle, so it’s important to use quality assurance and standardized inventory management techniques to protect your parts, customers, and business.

If you’re not careful, wheel hubs can get damaged in your shop long before they’re ever installed into customers’ vehicles. Whether it’s contamination, corrosion or broken seals, damage to wheel hubs can occur on your shop floor, making it important to mitigate risks whenever possible.