Overheating damage is the result of dramatic temperature development in the engine bearing shell, which goes hand-inhand with acute mixed friction. This is why heat cracks, discolouration and fusing are also always displayed for initial rubbing marks or seizure.
The heat dissipation provided by the lubricant plays a central role here. If heat dissipation is no longer provided, this causes complete failure. Even with the initial signs of overheating, local changes to the microstructure occur and the integrity of the material is reduced. Heat cracks form at the affected areas.
- Consequential damage due to increasing temperature development as a result of initial rubbing marks, seizure or edge wear
- Insufficient heat dissipation provided by the lubricant (see chapter: "Possible causes – initial rubbing marks")
If overheating damage occurs, the bearing must be replaced and the causes investigated. In the event of consequential damage, the cause of the primary damage must be rectified. If no further damage to the bearing is visible, the lubricant circuit (see chapter: "Initial rubbing mark remedy") and the stress on the bearing must be checked.
- A network of cracks is visible
- Fusing and discolouration of the bearing shell
- Material displacement and smearing visible in the sliding surface
- Accompanied by heat cracks and discolouration of the bearing shell
- Blue-ish to black discolouration of the sliding layer or on the back of the bearing
- Accompanied by lumps and material removal/displacement