Wheel bearings: What are they?

Wheel bearings are a vital component of a vehicle’s suspension setup. A wheel bearing’s primary purpose is to enable the wheel to rotate as the car moves along. Not only does a faulty wheel bearing decrease the quality of the ride, but it also diminishes the safety aspect of the vehicle. If the wheel bearing is not replaced in a timely manner, then the entire wheel could possibly lock up.

Although wheel bearings are designed to be robust, they are still susceptible to wear and tear over time. One of the tell-tale sign of a failing wheel bearing is a noisy wheel that tends to get louder and louder as the speed of the vehicle increases. Due to the fact that the wheel will not be unable to move fluidly, the driving dynamics of the car will suffer dramatically. The steering may become irregular as the wheel bounces around. The overall performance of the braking system will also likely to be affected.

Although each specific car has a different mileage interval at which the wheel bearings need to be checked, a good rule of thumb is every 20,000-30,000 miles. A technician will be able to determine if there is an excessive movement of the wheel on the spindle.

If you have yet to have your wheel bearings checked, then you are encouraged to contact Louetta Automotive at your earliest convenience. Any strange noises that are coming from the wheel will be promptly checked out by the highly-trained technicians.

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