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Wheel bearings hold up the entire weight of your vehicle. Years ago, wheel bearing maintenance was relatively simple, and was often included in a lube job. It was simply a matter of removing the bearing, cleaning the parts, adding grease and reassembling all the parts. As cars have become more complicated, so has the maintenance to uphold them. Schedule a Wheel Bearing Replacement at Chesrown Chevrolet Buick GMC.
A wheel bearing is a precision-manufactured component that enables your vehicle to roll down the road smoothly. Without wheel bearings, a car would not get very far. Advances in design and metallurgy have made wheel bearings quite durable. 50,000 to over 100,000 miles is an average lifespan for a modern wheel bearing.
A wheel bearing is made of hardened steel, with either rollers or ball bearings that run in channels within the bearing. The channel is also hardened steel and virtually frictionless. Wheel bearings support the entire weight of your vehicle, and typically there are four or more wheel bearings on a vehicle (as in four-wheel-drive vehicles). Some designs have inner and outer bearings, so some vehicles may have eight bearings. Every time you turn the steering wheel, go over a bump or slam your brake, your wheel bearings are taking the brunt of the force.
Because of the extreme stress wheel bearings are subjected to, periodic maintenance is necessary. Many modern automobiles have sealed ball bearing units that never need maintenance. Some can last the life of the car or up to 150,000 miles. Other types of bearings, typically roller types, require periodic cleaning, inspection, and maintenance.
One sign is a grinding noise when you steer your car. Another sign is a loose steering wheel. You will also hear clunking sounds when you go over bumps. Uneven tire wear is another sign of worn bearings. If you experience any of these symptoms, have your car checked immediately. There is a real safety risk when a wheel bearing is bad. Loss of control, or in the worst case, complete loss of the wheel.
Fortunately, this is a simple task that most dealers perform as part of routine service. They will check for excessive play or looseness, leaking grease, damage to the protective rubber covers. While many shops perform this service, having the work done by your dealer is the best choice. They have the Factory parts, specialized tools, and the skills to get you back on the road. If you need a wheel bearing service call Chesrown Chevrolet Buick GMC, conveniently located near Delaware, OH.