Originally posted by Stefan Minnaar:
The differential pinion bearing failed, the cage broke and inner race spalled. Bearing in question inner race is the rotating race while the outer race is stationary.
The strange thing about this failure is that the inner race pitted for half of the circumference while the remaining half does not appear to be damaged at all.
The outer race is not damaged and appear to be in relatively good order. Crown wheel and pinion gear teeth and supporting bearings are in good condition and were not replaced.
The park brake disk and propshaft are mounted to this shaft and it is not clear why the failure only affected half of the inner race circumference.
Have anyone seen something similar. What might have caused this strange occurrence.
I have seen similar failures on quite different machines so it's not something unique to differentials. I have always been amazed at how, sometimes, the other track can very little brinelling damage from the debris, and not have begun the fatigue cracking cycle as well.
How were the rollers ?
The cage breakage is right on the roller pocket corners and the cage is not distorted. Are there fatigue marks at these points ?
IT was a nice save, just the bearing damage, what was it that alerted you to the fault ?
Eccentricity of the bearing and gear is unlikely as it would show up while trying to adjust the crown wheel and pinion mesh and make a noise and tail shaft imbalance forces are minor compared to gear forces.
I suspect there is an initial failure due to slag inclusions etc on the inner race that starts if off, and the sub surface shear stresses just allow the surface to be sucessively cracked off around the circumterence. Just like a car hitting the trailing edge of a pot hole in the road.
The rough surface will vibrate the rollers which in turn vibrate the cage causing a fatigue failure of the cage.