Nearly all new, tapered bearings are preset near-zero preload. This ensures the bearing does not have a preload setting too high for the specific use of the bearing. Depending on the make, model, and year of the vehicle, auto techs will need to increase preload to meet the application's manufacturer. However, the required preload for the vehicle should never be increased beyond manufacturer recommendations. By keeping preload minimal, the life expectancy of tapered bearings is extended, which reduces monetary and labor costs for auto techs and vehicle owners alike.