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When to Replace Wheel Bearings – Symptoms of Wheel Bearing Damage

About the wheel bearings:Wheel bearings Hamilton

The wheel bearings are essential to the operation of your car’s wheel assembly. The wheel bearings allow the wheel hub assembly to move with minimal friction, resulting in smoother wheel operation and rotation.

By providing a smooth, even surface for the wheels to turn, wheel bearings also significantly improve the comfort of your car while driving.

Most wheel bearings consist of a set of small steel ball bearings, which move around a metal frame. Wheel bearings have become more advanced and difficult to replace in some newer cars. This is because the wheel bearings are sealed to the hub. When the bearings start to make a noise, the entire hub will often need to be replaced.

Learn more about how wheel bearings work 

 

Symptoms of wheel bearings in need of replacement:

Below are some of the most common symptoms associated with faulty wheel bearings:

  • Loud noise while driving – The most common sign of faulty wheel bearings is a loud whirring or droning noise which increases in volume as you accelerate. This can be caused by a lack of lubrication, worn bearing, rust or contaminants around the bearing.
  • Vibrating while driving – As a worn wheel bearing becomes worse, you may notice that the loud noises are accompanied by a slight vibration coming from the wheels. These vibrations may lead to shaky or unresponsive steering.
  • Car pulling to one side – When a wheel bearing is in need of replacement, it can cause your car to pull to the left/right when the brakes are applied. This can be dangerous as it affects the control you have over your car.
  • Brake pad/disc wear – A faulty wheel bearing will cause brake components to wear unevenly and at an increased rate. This can lead to the brake pads needing to be replaced more often.
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  • ABS issues – In some cases, the ABS sensor can become damaged by a bad wheel bearing. This can cause the ABS light to appear on your dashboard and lead to problems with your car’s anti-lock braking system.

Please Note – If your wheel bearings have any of the above symptoms, then it is likely they will fail a Warrant of Fitness (WOF), and will need to be replaced or repaired.


 

Wheel Bearing Replacement Service in Hamilton

Is your car in need of new wheel bearings? If so, we can help! At Grimmer Motors, our experienced mechanics can quickly replace one or more wheel bearings in your car. This will allow for smoother, quieter and more responsive driving.

For new wheel bearings in Hamilton, contact grimmer Motors today!

 

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