Symptoms of Worn Wheel Bearings

worn wheel bearingsCar wheels are far from simple systems. They have multiple components that must work in sync. One of these components is the wheel bearing. This part is critical for the harmonious operation of the tire, hub, and assemblies. Worn wheel bearings cause friction in the hub assembly and inhibit the wheels’ ability to rotate smoothly during operation.

Signs of Worn Wheel Bearings

Make haste and bring your car to an auto repair facility if you notice any of the following:

  • Popping, clicking, or snapping noise when cornering or making sharp turns. This may be a sign of excessive bearing endplay caused by inadequate clamping.
  • A grinding noise. This may indicate damage in the wheel-end system, likely caused by worn rollers or raceways.
  • A growling or rumbling noise. This may be heard when slightly turning the wheel while driving in a straight line.
  • The car may feel “loose” as you’re driving. The vehicle may feel less responsive, especially the steering. This may be a sign of loose bearings in the wheel assembly.
  • You may also notice a pulling sensation, where the car seems to slightly veer in a particular direction on its own.

The above symptoms may be signs of worn bearings or something else entirely. Either way, you need to take your car to an auto service facility. You should also have your tires rotated at regular intervals. Uneven wear is usually another sign of worn or loose bearings.

Have the Wheel and Components Inspected

Even if you know how to spot a worn tire, do you know how to examine the wheel bearings and their surrounding components? Bring your car to Avery Automotive so we can look at these systems. Our repair financing covers this and other maintenance services. Worn wheel bearings not only affect tire longevity but also present a safety concern.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Wheel Assembly and Bearings Inspection

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