How do you know if your wheel bearing assembly is bad?
Here is a list of signs if you have a hub assembly that may need to be replaced:
- Snapping, clicking or popping noises when cornering or making sharp turns.
- Grinding noise when the vehicle is moving.
- Knocking or clunking sensation from the vehicle.
- Wheel vibration and/or wobble.
- Poor steering control.
Can you drive with a wheel bearing making noise?
Q: Is it safe to drive with a bad wheel bearing? A: No. It can, in fact, be very dangerous to drive if one of your bearings is worn out, especially since it may cause the wheel to stop while driving. Additionally, a damaged wheel bearing puts a lot of stress on the hub, the CV joint, and the transmission itself.
Does a bad wheel bearing affect handling?
If you ride on a failing wheel bearing long enough, your vehicle’s axles may eventually pay the price. A damaged wheel bearing also stresses other parts of your vehicle’s suspension and drivetrain hardware. The end result is damage that goes beyond the wheel bearing itself.
Can you replace just the wheel bearing in Hub?
There are three different types of wheel hub assemblies. On some cars, you can just replace the bearing and call it a day. On others, the hub assembly must be removed and replaced. The most difficult type involves removing the hub assembly and setting it in a press.
Do you need an alignment after replacing a wheel bearing?
Yes, you will need alignment if you unbolt the knuckle. If you separate the ball joint, remove the axle from the knuckle, you can press the bearing in/out with the right tool.
Do both wheel bearings need replaced at the same time?
Both wheel bearings have racked up the same number of miles, so it’s logical to conclude that both sides have probably experienced the same amount of wear. Based on this line of thinking, it would make sense to recommend replacing both wheel bearing hubs at the same time even though only one has obviously failed.