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Automotive Bearing Applications

COURSE NO: M02-035
Automotive Bearing Applications
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course is intended for mechanical, automotive, civil, machine design engineers and any other professional interested in automotive design and development.


This course deals with some of the more important applications of anti-friction bearings in automotive vehicles. It explains in simple terms how the various ratios of a planetary gearset are used in automotive automatic transmissions and how to calculate the forces on their bearings. It describes the "differential unit" in automotive drive axle systems and how to calculate the bearing loads on the all-important spiral bevel gearset.


This 2 PDH online course also includes an engineering discussion and design study of wheel bearings and associated mounting equipment. An expert analysis is presented on the new "integral spindle wheel bearing unit" that is used on front drive vehicles. Additional information includes the design of the new integral bearing engine coolant pump and also how low cost "drawn cup" bearings have replaced standard design roller bearings in rear drive, rear wheel applications.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning how to calculate the operation life of anti-friction bearings
  • Learning how to calculate the design loads on automotive front wheel bearings
  • Learning how to calculate the design loads on automotive rear wheel bearings
  • Understanding the design of "drawn cup" bearings and how they have  replaced standard  cylindrical roller bearings in rear drive-axle applications
  • Understanding the design of "integral spindle wheel bearings" and how they have replaced conventional wheel bearing applications in front drive vehicles
  • Understanding the differences in safety features between integral spindle wheel bearing units and tapered roller bearings
  • Learning about integral shaft waterpump bearings and the new stamped metal waterpumps
  • Learning how to calculate the forces on drive axle differential spiral bevel gearset bearings
  • Learning how to calculate the forces on automatic transmission planetary gearset bearings
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Automotive Bearing Applications".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Automotive Bearing Applications (2.2 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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