What Are Wheel Bearings?

Wheel bearings are a necessary piece for the hub, tire, and wheel assemblies to work harmoniously. These little things allow for friction-free rotation and movement of the hub assembly, which is a component of your car's steering system. A wheel bearing is a set of round, metal pieces known as ball bearings held together by a ring. Each wheel has its own set of wheel bearings, so your vehicle should have four sets. Your wheel bearings have a heavy influence on how smooth your vehicle rides. It would be highly hazardous to drive with worn-out wheel bearings, as it may cause your wheels to stop turning abruptly.


How Long Do Wheel Bearings Last?

You should replace wheel bearings every 85,000-100,000 miles; however, this is only an estimate, as it also depends on the quality of the bearings and usage. Unless both bearings on either side of the car are worn, there is no need to replace them all simultaneously. Instead, you should only replace the worn ones.


Symptoms of Overworn Wheel Bearings

  • Unusual noises. These sounds can be loud whining or grinding that take place when the vehicle is in motion. It can also include clunking noises, rumbling, or growling noises that intensify with the speed of the vehicle. 
  • A pulsing, vibration on the steering wheel that changes when the vehicle turns or accelerates.
  • Excessive looseness on the steering wheel. 
  • Your car veers left or right when driving.
  • Uneven wear on tires. (This is why it is so crucial to routinely rotate tires as this could influence failing wheel bearings.)

If you require maintenance or repair services, including replacement of wheel bearings, bring your vehicle to Dickerson Automotive. You can trust our team of auto experts to give your vehicle the proper care it needs. Give us a call at (801) 800-8417 or visit our shop today.