HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR WHEEL BEARINGS ARE BAD?

Let Valley Automotive Auto Repair Transmission & Auto Body Shop in Henderson explain the problem of bad wheel bearings

Wheel Bearing Replacement - Valley Automotive Auto Repair Transmission & Auto Body Shop - Henderson NV 89011

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR WHEEL BEARINGS ARE BAD?

First, understand that on today’s vehicles, wheel bearings are typically a sealed unit. In the past, repairs shops would ‘re-pack the bearings’. In other words, service the part with new grease. Today’s wheel bearing are sealed and can not be services.

The average life of a sealed bearing is about 70-100,000 miles. According to a recent research, it’s claimed that 51% of bad wheel bearings are identified and replaced as a result of a noise complaint. Another 24% are found during a brake job, and 19% are discovered during an alignment.

The most common symptom of bad or failing wheel bearings is noise. That could be anything from squeaks and squeals to moans or grinding noises.

Other symptoms could be a pull to one side when braking or if your steering starts to ‘wonder’.

CHECKING FOR A BAD WHEEL BEARING

To check a wheel bearing, with the wheel off the ground, grasp the tire at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions. Attempt to rock the tire. If you feel any play, the bearings are loose and need to be replaced.

Also, rotate the tire by hand. Any feeling of roughness or noise from the bearings would also be an indication that the wheel bearings are worn or damaged and need to be replaced.

If it’s determined that one wheel bearing has failed, you should pay close attention to all the other wheels. With one failure, continued increase in mileage is a ‘caution’ that the other wheel bearings are reaching the end of their life expectancy.

Valley Automotive – Auto Repair, Transmission & Auto Body Shop
255 Elliott Rd. Ste 16,
Henderson, NV 89011
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DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF MY CAR HAS ABS BRAKES?

On vehicles equipped with ABS Brakes (Anti-lock brakes) the wheel bearing assembly includes an integral ABS sensor or ‘tone’ ring. If a wheel-speed sensor is reading erratically, the ABS system will set off a warning light.

The ABS system will set a fault code that corresponds to the sensor location (left front, right front, right rear or left rear) and disable the ABS system until the fault is fixed. On these vehicles, the only way to get the ABS light to go out is to replace the hub assembly (assuming the problem isn’t a wiring or loose connector fault).

IS A WHEEL BEARING NOISE A SAFETY ISSUE?

In one word – “Yes!” Wheel bearing noises and faulty wheel bearings are not something you want to ignore or put off. There is no way a technician can tell you how many miles a noisy wheel bearing will last before it fails completely.

The reason a wheel bearing failure can be dangerous is because it could cause the wheel to separate from the vehicle or leave you with a loss of steering control.

The other safety issue involves the ABS braking system. If a wheel bearing problem causes the ABS Brake warning light to come on, it will remain on and the ABS system will be disabled.

Now, this should not affect normal braking, but it will prevent the ABS system from helping out in an emergency or when braking on a slick surface.

If you’re hearing noises from your front wheels, it could be a serious safety issue and should be checked. You can visit or contact us now, or pick up the phone and call PHONE or book your service appointment on-line! It’s fast and convenient!

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