A new robust steering rack bearing for cars with electric power steering (EPS) enables smoother and more precise steering. The bearing produced by SKF is said to reduce friction by up to 30%, increase load resistance up to 17% and durability by 20%.
Andrea Griseri, business development manager, BU car chassis SKF, said, “SKF’s new robust steering rack bearing directly supports drivers to handle their cars more comfortably and with more precise steering. Usage of EPS is increasing in vehicles produced today. Since steering products need to manage tough loading conditions, as well as harsh water, mud and splash environments, it is a demanding application. We have met these very high demands with our new innovative design for this bearing”.
The robust steering rack bearing includes an improved internal design, comprising solid shoulders to support high loads and shocks as well as reduced friction torque. The new patented cage design enables the balls to move more freely and their movements are not disturbed by the cage pockets. The size of the bearing can be customized to meet individual requirements.