How to Replace a Swivel Joint Dust Seal

When the time comes to replace a swivel joint dust seal we make the ordering process as easy as 1…2…3 at Swivel Joints. You’ll find the steps to replace a swivel joint dust seal are simple when you follow the directions below.

The directions and illustrations here describe the simple step-by-step method to replace the main seal and the dust seal in an OPW swivel joint.

swivel joint dust seal1. Clean chamber thoroughly, grease new main seal and place seal in chamber of swivel joint body. (For 3200 Series, grease and install back-up ring also.)

swivel joint dust seal2. Thoroughly clean bearing and seal surfaces, then install new felt dust seal (or greased O-ring dust seal) around minor diameter of groove on swivel joint tail.

swivel joint dust seal3. Insert tail into body. Hold dust seal snug in groove of tail so that it will completely enter dust seal chamber. Slight hand pressure is required to force tail into O-ring Seal.

swivel joint dust seal4. Align the ball grooves in tail with ball grooves in body to allow easy entry of balls into the bearing races. Slowly rotate tail back and forth as balls are inserted until both races are filled to capacity with balls.

swivel joint dust seal5. Thread in ball retainers until contact is made with balls, then back off slightly to prevent sticking or binding.

swivel joint dust seal6a. On swivels with dual ball retainers, thread on jam nut. Hold ball retainer in position with a hex wrench while locking jam nut with an open-end wrench. Lubricate.

swivel joint dust seal6b. On swivels with a single ball retaining plug, back off so that the nearest slot is in line with the cotter pin hole. Lock in position with cotter pin and lubricate.

If you have any questions or concerns during the ordering or replacement process, we can be reached by phone toll-free at 866-761-7225.


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