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(11)EP 2 551 542 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
15.05.2019 Bulletin 2019/20

(21)Application number: 12175802.3

(22)Date of filing:  10.07.2012
(51)Int. Cl.: 
F16D 3/84  (2006.01)
B60B 27/00  (2006.01)

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Wheel-hub bearing/constant-velocity joint unit provided with a protective screen

Radnabenlager-/Gleichlaufgelenkeinheit mit Schutzblende

Unité de palier de moyeu de roue/joint à vitesse constante dotée d' un écran protecteur


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 29.07.2011 IT TO20110697

(43)Date of publication of application:
30.01.2013 Bulletin 2013/05

(73)Proprietor: Aktiebolaget SKF
415 50 Göteborg (SE)

(72)Inventors:
  • Finetti, William
    10040 La Loggia (TO) (IT)
  • Fischer, Dominik
    97535 Wasserlosen (DE)

(74)Representative: Tedeschini, Luca 
SKF Industrie S.p.A. Via Pinerolo, 44
10060 Airasca (TO)
10060 Airasca (TO) (IT)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 0 619 438
US-A1- 2008 285 902
JP-A- 2003 049 852
  
      
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    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] The present invention relates to a wheel hub-bearing/constant-velocity joint unit provided with a protective screen.

    [0002] Constant-velocity joints are angularly coupled to wheel hub/bearing assemblies to transmit a rotary motion from a half-shaft engaged in the joint to a wheel supported by the wheel hub/bearing assembly, and operate in environments which are exposed to a particular degree to external agents, such as powder, debris, dirt and water.

    [0003] Customarily, constant-velocity joints comprise an outer ring which is provided with a shaft inserted inside the wheel hub and coupled angularly to said wheel hub by means of a grooved profile. The bearing of the wheel hub/bearing assembly is, on the other hand, mounted on the wheel hub, or is provided with a flanged inner ring within which the shaft of the joint engages. In both cases, the bearing, or at least an intermediate space between an inner ring and an outer ring of said bearing, faces completely towards the outer ring of the joint, and therefore is completely exposed to the action of the external agents mentioned. To avoid the admission of impurities into the bearing, the latter is equipped with a sealing device mounted between the two rings so as to close the intermediate space, but the direct and constant exposure to the action of the external agents can bring about premature wear of the sealing device, in such a way that it may even lead to the infiltration of said agents into the area of coupling between the wheel hub and the shaft.

    [0004] Document US 2008/0285902 A1 discloses a wheel hub-bearing/constant-velocity unit comprising the features of the preamble of claim 1.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0005] It is an object of the present invention to provide a protective screen for a wheel-hub-bearing/constant-velocity joint unit which not only makes it possible to protect the sealing device from the external agents, prolonging the service life, but can also be easily mounted on the constant-velocity joint irrespective of the manufacturing tolerances of said constant-velocity joint.

    [0006] Document EP 0 619 438 A1 discloses bearing-hub unit with a sensor element mounted on an annular support. According to an embodiment of the disclosure, the support is provided with an annular wall, a central hole and a plurality of retaining fins. However, said annular support is not used as a protective screen for the sealing device of the bearing-hub unit.

    [0007] The present invention provides a wheel hub-bearing/ constant-velocity joint unit comprising a protective screen mounted on the constant-velocity joint having the features indicated in the accompanying claims.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0008] The invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings, which illustrate a non-limiting exemplary embodiment and in which:
    • Figure 1 is a sectional side view of a first preferred embodiment of a wheel hub-bearing/constant-velocity joint unit utilizing the protective screen provided according to the present invention;
    • Figure 2 is a perspective view of the screen shown in Figure 1;
    • Figure 3 is a cross-sectional view of the protective screen shown in Figure 2;
    • Figure 4 shows, on an enlarged scale and in section, a detail of the screen shown in Figure 3;
    • Figure 5 is a sectional side view of a second preferred embodiment of a wheel hub-bearing/constant-velocity joint unit utilizing the protective screen provided according to the present invention; and
    • Figure 6 is a front elevation view of a preferred embodiment of the protective screen provided according to the present invention.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS



    [0009] With reference to Figure 1, 1 denotes, in its entirety, a wheel hub-bearing/constant-velocity joint unit for transmitting a rotary motion about an axis A from a half-shaft 2 engaged in the constant-velocity joint 3 to a wheel (not shown) supported by the wheel hub/bearing assembly 4, which comprises a bearing 5 provided with an outer ring 6 mounted in a post 7 and with an inner ring 8, which is preferably but not necessarily flanged so as to support the wheel (not shown).

    [0010] The constant-velocity joint 3 is laterally delimited by an outer cylindrical surface 9 and is provided with a grooved shaft 10, which extends axially from a side wall 11 of said constant-velocity joint 3 and engages into the inner ring 8 so as to rotate with said inner ring 8 about the axis A.

    [0011] The bearing 5 is, in addition, provided with a sealing device 12 interposed between the outer ring 6 and the inner ring 8 so as to close an annular gap 13 defined by the two rings 6 and 8 and to protect the bearing 5 against the admission of external agents such as, for example, powder, sand, dirt or water.

    [0012] In the embodiment shown in Figure 1, the inner ring 8 of the bearing 5 also defines the hub of the assembly 1, and is also provided with a rolled rim 14 for axially blocking a so-called "small ring", that is a ring 15 provided with a respective raceway 16. However, the bearing 5 may also be of the type with two rows of rolling bodies mounted on a wheel hub, or else may also not have the rolled rim 14, despite the small ring 15 being axially blocked.

    [0013] The unit 1 comprises, in addition, a protective screen 20, which is mounted on the outer cylindrical surface 9 of the constant-velocity joint 3 against the side wall 11 in a position which is axially opposite the sealing device 12 for protecting the sealing device 12 and the rolling-contact bearing 5 from the action of external agents, and, as is also shown in Figures 2 and 3, is provided with an annular wall 21, which is arranged transversely to the axis A and in axial abutment against the side wall 11, and with a central hole 22, which is made through the annular wall 21 and through which the shaft 10 of the constant-velocity joint 3 passes with play.

    [0014] The screen 20 is made of metallic sheet material or, preferably, can be made of plastic material, and comprises a plurality of elastic mounting and centring fins 23, which are distributed uniformly about the central hole 22 and extend unsupported from the annular wall 21 such that they are coupled to the outer cylindrical surface 9 of the constant-velocity joint 3.

    [0015] As shown more clearly in Figure 4, the fins 23 are obtained by cutting the annular wall 21, defining respective windows 24, and are arranged in a substantially perpendicular manner with respect to the annular wall 21. The fins 23, which number three in the exemplary embodiment of the unit 1 and of the screen 20 shown in Figures 1 to 4, make it possible for the screen 20 to be mounted on the outer cylindrical surface 9 of the constant-velocity joint 3 irrespective of the degree of finish and of the degree of tolerance of said surface 9, and allow the screen 20 to be mounted on the constant-velocity joint 3 even before, if appropriate, it is moved or displaced for the assembly of said constant-velocity joint 3 with the assembly 4. In other words, the elasticity of the fins 23 not only keeps the screen 5 joined to the constant-velocity joint 3, but also makes it possible to compensate for possible differences presented by the outer cylindrical surface 9, giving the screen 5 suitable characteristics so that it can also possibly be assembled with the unit 1 like a spare part, or on constant-velocity joints 3 originating from third party suppliers.

    [0016] To facilitate, in addition, the mounting of the screen 20, the fins 23 have an end extension 25 bent slightly towards the outside of the axis A in order to act as an introduction bevel for said fins 23.

    [0017] If the screen 20 is made of plastic material, the elastic fins 23 would instead be obtained by moulding, that is during the same moulding of the screen 20.

    [0018] As is also shown in Figure 6, the screen 20 is provided with five fins 23 distributed uniformly about the axis A. The number of fins 23 may, however, also be greater than five and may be selected depending on the dimensions of the screen 20 and of the constant-velocity joint 3. In any case, the fins 23 have centring functions for the screen 20 with respect to the axis A and to the constant-velocity joint 3, and also allow for the screen 20 to be mounted on the constant-velocity joint 3 and for the totally safe movement of the latter without the possibility of accidental separation of the two components.

    [0019] The protective screen 20 comprises, in addition, a deflector 26, which is integral with the annular wall 21 and extends radially towards the outside of said annular wall 21 and towards an inner surface 7a of the post 7 so as to define an annular through-channel 27 of very limited dimensions which are, in any case, inadequate for the passage of large quantities of water or dirt or other debris such as can damage the sealing device 12 when these external agents are conveyed directly against said sealing device 12.

    [0020] The deflector 26 has a substantially conical shape with a conicity which tapers towards the bearing 5 so as to act, when in rotation with the constant-velocity joint 3 about the axis A, like a centrifuge for external agents at a large distance from the bearing 5. As will be explained more clearly hereinbelow, the screen 20 rotates, in use, about the axis A together with the constant-velocity joint 3 and with the inner ring 8, and the rotation thereof brings about the centrifuging of any fluids or debris which may be in contact with said screen 20 or may be located in the immediate vicinity thereof. During said rotation and the centrifuging action, the shape of the deflector 26 makes it possible for any fluids or debris to be conveyed against the post 7 in an axially opposed direction with respect to the bearing 5, providing for an effective and efficient protective action, both dynamic and static, for said bearing 5 and for the relative sealing device 12.

    [0021] Finally, the annular wall 21 comprises an annular rim 28, which radially outwardly delimits the central hole 22 and is in turn radially outwardly delimited by the elastic fins 23. The annular rim 28 is axially compressed between the bearing 5 and the side wall 11 of the constant-velocity joint 3 so as to make the screen 20 angularly integral with the inner ring 8 of the bearing 5 and with the constant-velocity joint 3 during rotation about the axis A. The dual clamping action exerted on the rim 28 by the bearing 5 from one side and by the constant-velocity joint 3 from an opposite side is exerted when the mounting of the unit 1 has been completed, that is when the shaft 10 and the inner ring 8 are axially closed with respect to one another by means, for example, of a screw (not shown). The clamping of the shaft 10 and of the inner ring 8 and the consequent axial compression of the annular rim 28 ensure that the screen 20 rotates about the axis A together with the inner ring 8 of the bearing 5 and with the constant-velocity joint 3.

    [0022] With the bearing 5 equipped, as in the exemplary embodiment shown, with the rolled rim 14, the annular rim 28 is axially compressed between said rim 14 and the side wall 11 of the joint. In this case, the side wall 21 has a flat shape inasmuch as the rolled rim 14 positions the screen 5 at an axial distance from the sealing device 12 which is equal to an axial dimension of said rolled rim 14.

    [0023] If, however, according to an embodiment which is not shown, but is easily inferable from that which is described, the bearing 5 is not provided with the rolled rim 14, the screen 20 nevertheless remains blocked and angularly integral with the inner ring 8 of the bearing 5 and with the constant-velocity joint 3 during rotation about the axis A, but it is necessary to establish an axial positioning thickness between the sealing device 12 and the screen 5 in order to avoid relative instances of rubbing between the screen 20 and the fixed parts of the sealing device 10 or else of said bearing 5. Said axial positioning thickness is established either by turning the annular rim 28 on itself, in the case in which the screen 20 is made of metallic sheet material, or by forming the annular rim 28 with an axial thickness which is at least greater than an axial thickness of the annular wall 21, when the screen 20 is made of plastic material.

    [0024] In both cases, the annular wall 21 may have a rib substantially in the proximity of the connections of the fins 23 so as to axially offset the annular wall 21 with respect to the rim 28 from the part of said fins 23.

    [0025] In the exemplary embodiment described hitherto, the sealing device 12 is composed of two screens 31 and 32 respectively mounted in the outer ring 6 and on the inner ring 8 and of a lip 33 interposed between the two screens 31 and 32. Alternatively, as shown in Figure 5, the sealing device 12 may also comprise at least one further sealing lip 34, which is supported by a mounting flange 35 forming part of the screen 32 and extends axially outside the inner ring 8 in such a way as to extend axially beyond the rolled rim 14 until it comes into contact with the annular wall 21 substantially at the annular rim 28.

    [0026] The presence of the lip 34 makes it possible to seal off at least part of the annular rim 28 from the outside and, in addition, makes it possible to seal off the area of coupling between the inner ring 8 and the shaft 10 from the outside. In addition, in the exemplary embodiment shown in Figure 5, the lip 34 has two free end portions 35 and 36, of which the portion 35 makes direct contact with the screen 20, whereas the portion 36 is arranged more to the inside towards the axis A with respect to the portion 35 and makes contact with the rolled rim 14: the dual contact, in addition to defining dedicated protection both for the rim 28 and for the rim 14, increases the sealing and protective capacity of the sealing device 10.

    [0027] The protective screen 5 described above, and in the variants described above, has a high level of versatility and can be adapted so as to be coupled to different constant-velocity joints 3, while at the same time making it possible to enhance the protective characteristics for the unit 1 as described above.

    [0028] It is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the embodiment described and shown here, which is to be considered to be an exemplary embodiment of the protective screen and of the wheel hub-bearing/joint unit, which in fact can be modified further in respect of the forms and arrangements of parts, and details relating to design and assembly, such within the scope of the accompanying claims.


    Claims

    1. Wheel hub-bearing/constant-velocity joint unit (1) comprising a constant-velocity joint (3) and a wheel/hub bearing assembly (4), wherein said unit (1) also comprises a protective screen (20), being mounted on an outer cylindrical surface (9) of the constant-velocity joint (3) and facing towards a sealing device (12) of a rolling-contact bearing (5) of the wheel/hub bearing assembly (4), said screen (20) being angularly coupled to the constant-velocity joint (3) for protecting the sealing device (12) and the rolling-contact bearing (5) from the action of external agents; the unit (1) being characterized in that the screen (20) comprises:

    - an annular wall (21), which is transverse to an axis (A) of rotation of the constant-velocity joint (3) and is arranged in axial abutment against a side wall (11) of said constant-velocity joint (3),

    - a central hole (22), which is made through the annular wall (21) and through which a shaft (10) of the constant-velocity joint (3) passes with play,

    - a plurality of elastic mounting and centring fins (23), which are distributed uniformly about the central hole (22) and extend unsupported from the annular wall (21) such that they are coupled to the outer cylindrical surface (9) of the constant-velocity joint (3) and are provided with an end extension (25), which is bent slightly towards the outside of the axis A, in order to act as an introduction bevel for said fins (23).


     
    2. Unit according to Claim 1, characterized in that the protective screen (20) comprises a substantially conical deflector (26) integral with the annular wall (21) for centrifuging external agents at a large distance from the bearing (5).
     
    3. Unit according to Claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the annular wall (21) comprises an annular rim (28), which is interposed between the central hole (22) and the elastic fins (23) and is axially compressed between the bearing (5) and the side wall (11) of the constant-velocity joint (3) so as to rotate, in use, about the axis (A) together with said constant-velocity joint (3).
     
    4. Unit according to Claim 3, characterized in that said annular rim (28) has an axial thickness which is at least equal to an axial thickness of the side wall (11).
     
    5. Unit according to Claim 4, characterized in that said elastic fins (23) are obtained by cutting the annular wall (21).
     
    6. Unit according to Claim 5, characterized in that the protective screen (20) is made of metallic sheet material.
     
    7. Unit according to Claim 4, characterized in that said elastic fins (23) are obtained by moulding.
     
    8. Unit according to Claim 7, characterized in that the protective screen (20) is made of plastic material.
     
    9. Unit according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that said constant-velocity joint (3), which is delimited by the outer cylindrical surface (9), is provided with a grooved shaft (10) extending axially from the side wall (11) of said constant-velocity joint (3).
     
    10. Unit according to any of the preceding claims, characterized in that the wheel hub/bearing assembly (4) is engaged internally by the shaft (10) and is provided with a sealing device (12) arranged between an inner ring (8) and an outer ring (6) of the bearing (5).
     
    11. Unit according to Claim 10, characterized in that the annular wall (21) comprises an annular rim (28) and the sealing device (12) comprises at least one sealing lip (34), which is arranged in contact with the protective screen (5) so as to seal off at least part of said annular rim from the outside.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Radnabenlager-/Gleichlaufgelenkeinheit (1), die ein Gleichlaufgelenk (3) und eine Radnabenlageranordnung (4) umfasst, wobei die Einheit (1) außerdem eine Schutzblende (20) umfasst, die an einer zylindrischen Außenfläche (9) des Gleichlaufgelenks (3) befestigt und einer Dichtungsvorrichtung (12) eines Wälzlagers (5) der Radnabenlageranordnung (4) zugewandt ist, wobei die Blende (20) winkelig mit dem Gleichlaufgelenk (3) gekoppelt ist, um die Dichtungsvorrichtung (12) und das Wälzlager (5) gegen die Wirkung von Fremdkörpern zu schützen, wobei die Einheit (1) dadurch gekennzeichnet ist, dass die Blende (20) Folgendes umfasst:

    - eine ringförmige Wand (21), die quer zu einer Drehachse (A) des Gleichlaufgelenks (3) verläuft und in axialer Anlage an einer Seitenwand (11) des Gleichlaufgelenks (3) angeordnet ist,

    - eine mittlere Öffnung (22), die durch die ringförmige Wand (21) hergestellt ist und durch die eine Welle (10) des Gleichlaufgelenks (3) mit Spiel führt,

    - eine Vielzahl von elastischen Befestigungs- und Zentrierungsgraten (23), die gleichmäßig um die mittlere Öffnung (22) verteilt sind und sich auf eine solche Weise nicht gestützt von der ringförmigen Wand (21) erstrecken, dass sie mit der zylindrischen Außenfläche (9) des Gleichlaufgelenks (3) gekoppelt und mit einer Endverlängerung (25) versehen sind, die leicht zu der Außenseite der Achse A gebogen ist, um als eine Einführungsschräge für die Grate (23) zu wirken.


     
    2. Einheit nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Schutzblende (20) ein im Wesentlichen konisches Ablenkblech (26) umfasst, das einstückig mit der ringförmigen Wand (21) ist, um Fremdkörper in einem großen Abstand von dem Lager (5) weg zu schleudern.
     
    3. Einheit nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die ringförmige Wand (21) einen ringförmigen Rand (28) umfasst, der zwischen der mittleren Öffnung (22) und den elastischen Graten (23) angeordnet und axial zwischen dem Lager (5) und der Seitenwand (11) des Gleichlaufgelenks (3) komprimiert ist, um sich im Gebrauch zusammen mit dem Gleichlaufgelenk (3) um die Achse (A) zu drehen.
     
    4. Einheit nach Anspruch 3, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der ringförmige Rand (28) eine axiale Dicke aufweist, die wenigstens gleich einer axialen Dicke der Seitenwand (11) ist.
     
    5. Einheit nach Anspruch 4, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die elastischen Grate (23) durch Schneiden der ringförmigen Wand (21) erhalten werden.
     
    6. Einheit nach Anspruch 5, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Schutzblende (20) aus einem bahnförmigen Metallmaterial hergestellt ist.
     
    7. Einheit nach Anspruch 4, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die elastischen Grate (23) durch Formpressen erhalten werden.
     
    8. Einheit nach Anspruch 7, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Schutzblende (20) aus einem Kunststoffmaterial hergestellt ist.
     
    9. Einheit nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Gleichlaufgelenk (3), das durch die zylindrische Außenfläche (9) begrenzt ist, mit einer Nutwelle (10) versehen ist, die sich axial von der Seitenwand (11) des Gleichlaufgelenks (3) erstreckt.
     
    10. Einheit nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Radnabenlageranordnung (4) intern von der Welle (10) in Eingriff genommen und mit einer Dichtungsvorrichtung (12) versehen ist, die zwischen einem Innenring (8) und einem Außenring (6) des Lagers (5) angeordnet ist.
     
    11. Einheit nach Anspruch 10, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die ringförmige Wand (21) einen ringförmigen Rand (28) umfasst und die Dichtungsvorrichtung (12) wenigstens eine Dichtlippe (34) umfasst, die in Kontakt mit der Schutzblende (5) angeordnet ist, um wenigstens einen Teil des ringförmigen Rands nach außen abzudichten.
     


    Revendications

    1. Unité de palier-moyeu de roue/joint homocinétique (1) comprenant un joint homocinétique (3) et un ensemble palier/moyeu de roue (4), ladite unité (1) comprenant également un écran protecteur (20), monté sur une surface cylindrique extérieure (9) du joint homocinétique (3) et tourné vers un dispositif d'étanchéité (12) d'un palier à roulement (5) de l'ensemble palier/moyeu de roue (4)), ledit écran (20) étant accouplé de manière angulaire au joint homocinétique (3) pour protéger le dispositif d'étanchéité (12) et le palier à roulement (5) vis-à-vis de l'action d'agents externes ; l'unité (1) étant caractérisée en ce que l'écran (20) comprend :

    - une paroi annulaire (21), laquelle est transversale à un axe (A) de rotation du joint homocinétique (3) et est agencée en appui axial contre une paroi latérale (11) dudit joint homocinétique (3),

    - un trou central (22), lequel est réalisé à travers la paroi annulaire (21) et traversé avec jeu par un arbre (10) du joint homocinétique (3),

    - une pluralité d'ailettes élastiques de montage et de centrage (23), lesquelles sont distribuées uniformément autour du trou central (22) et s'étendent de manière non supportée à partir de la paroi annulaire (21) de telle sorte qu'elles sont accouplées à la surface cylindrique extérieure (9) du joint homocinétique (3) et sont dotées d'un prolongement d'extrémité (25), lequel est plié légèrement vers l'extérieur de l'axe (A), afin d'agir en tant que biseau d'introduction pour lesdites ailettes (23).


     
    2. Unité selon la revendication 1, caractérisée en ce que l'écran protecteur (20) comprend un déflecteur (26) sensiblement conique formé d'un seul tenant avec la paroi annulaire (21) pour centrifuger des agents externes à une grande distance du palier (5).
     
    3. Unité selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisée en ce que la paroi annulaire (21) comprend un rebord annulaire (28), lequel est interposé entre le trou central (22) et les ailettes élastiques (23) et est comprimé axialement entre le palier (5) et la paroi latérale (11) du joint homocinétique (3) de manière à tourner, lors de l'utilisation, autour de l'axe (A) conjointement avec ledit joint homocinétique (3).
     
    4. Unité selon la revendication 3, caractérisée en ce que ledit rebord annulaire (28) présente une épaisseur axiale qui est au moins égale à une épaisseur axiale de la paroi latérale (11).
     
    5. Unité selon la revendication 4, caractérisée en ce que lesdites ailettes élastiques (23) sont obtenues par découpe de la paroi annulaire (21).
     
    6. Unité selon la revendication 5, caractérisée en ce que l'écran protecteur (20) est constitué d'une matière en feuille métallique.
     
    7. Unité selon la revendication 4, caractérisée en ce que lesdites ailettes élastiques (23) sont obtenues par moulage.
     
    8. Unité selon la revendication 7, caractérisée en ce que l'écran protecteur (20) est constitué d'une matière plastique.
     
    9. Unité selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisée en ce que ledit joint homocinétique (3), lequel est délimité par la surface cylindrique extérieure (9), est doté d'un arbre rainuré (10) s'étendant axialement à partir de la paroi latérale (11) dudit joint homocinétique (3).
     
    10. Unité selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisée en ce que l'arbre (10) vient en prise intérieurement avec l'ensemble palier/moyeu de roue (4) et ce dernier est doté d'un dispositif d'étanchéité (12) agencé entre une bague intérieure (8) et une bague extérieure (6) du palier (5).
     
    11. Unité selon la revendication 10, caractérisée en ce que la paroi annulaire (21) comprend un rebord annulaire (28) et le dispositif d'étanchéité (12) comprend au moins une lèvre d'étanchéité (34), laquelle est agencée en contact avec l'écran protecteur (5) de manière à rendre étanche au moins une partie dudit rebord annulaire par rapport à l'extérieur.
     




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