Wheel bearings are needed for your vehicle's hub, tire, and wheel assemblies to function adequately. A wheel bearing comes in a pair of round, metallic parts known as ball bearings. These little pieces enable smooth wheel rotation, movement, and overall handling. In other words, they play a critical role in your vehicle's steering system. Each wheel has its wheel bearings, so the average car should have four sets total. It would be very hazardous to drive with old or worn wheel bearings, as it may cause your wheels to stop turning unexpectedly.
On average, you only have to replace your wheel bearings approximately every 85,000-100,000 miles. However, this number is merely an approximation, as it can vary on other factors: the quality of the bearings and how you care for your car. Another thing you should know is that you don't have to replace all of them at once unless you need it. Unlike tires, you only have to swap out the overworn ones.
Signs of Old Wheel Bearings
- Unusual noises - These sounds can mimic loud whining or grinding noises that only take place when the vehicle is in motion. The noise can also sound like clunking, rumbling, or growling that correlates with the vehicle's speed.
- A shaky or vibrating steering wheel - The uneasy feeling develops when you make turns or accelerate.
- A looseness on the steering wheel
- Car veers in one direction when driving straight
- Uneven tire wear
If you require any auto services, including a wheel bearing replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to KAMS Auto Service Center. You can rely on our certified service team to give your vehicle the proper love and care it needs. Feel free to give us a call at (770) 956-4060 if you have any questions or concerns.