How to tell you have a bad wheel bearing - Wheel bearing noise - wheel bearing grinding

  • Noise gets louder the faster you go
  • Has a deep howling or groaning noise – Could sound like excessive tire noise.
  • You should be able to tell which wheel the noise is coming from, especially in cornering and turning situations.

What to do?

Call us or make an online appointment and let us know you are having the above symptoms.

What we will do:

We’ll do a road test to isolate and confirm the noise, followed by a physical & visual inspection on our lifts. Once your car is safely up in the air, we will check to see if there is excessive movement up and down and or side to side. A bad wheel bearing does not always have excessive play so one could be easily fooled! We will use a stethoscope on the back side of the carrier while the wheel is in motion for the final diagnosis of a faulty wheel bearing.

We do not recommend you doing these tests at home, as it requires raising the tires off the ground and running the vehicle. This can be extremely dangerous if you are not experienced and/or lack the proper equipment and knowledge.

Recommendations:

Replace with a quality wheel bearing parts only. This will provide you with longer life, better performance and overall cost savings. We always recommend the “Top of the Line wheel bearing and Hub parts as the less expensive units almost always fail within 18 months.

What does a wheel bearing do?

The wheel bearing allows friction-free movement and rotation of the hub assembly, and thereby provides smooth tire and wheel rotation

The wheel bearing is a key part in keeping the wheel attached to your car, and without it, the wheel has nothing to hold it on.