If the radial shaft seal is in a system that is serviced often, then the type of static O.D. needs to be considered. Metal press-fit O.D.s require low installation forces but are difficult to remove. There are also small particles of the bore removed when a metal press-fit is uninstalled. If an application required a dozen replacements over the life of the system, a metal press-fit would not be a proper choice. If ease of removal is important and the service may take place outside of a service shop then a pry flange may need to be incorporated into the design. These parameters should be considered and addressed early in the design process to save money and time for the aftermarket.
Parameters Affecting Sealing: