Wheel Bearings


There's nothing mysterious about wheel bearings, even though they're not something most drivers are accustomed to seeing. Wheel bearings are simply a set of steel balls kept in place by a metal ring called a race. Their job is to enable the wheel – or wherever else they're attached – to spin with as little friction as possible. On a vehicle, they sit between the axle and the wheel, enabling the wheel and hub to spin freely on the axle. Read More

Wheel bearings replacement is also a necessity, however, as they do wear out, particularly if they're damaged or not properly maintained. Heat and water are enemies of a wheel bearing, and even though most modern wheel bearings are sealed, damage to that seal can allow water to enter, leading to a loss of lubrication, increase in heat, and premature failure.

One indication that a wheel bearings replacement job is in your vehicle's future is the appearance of wheel bearing noise. That noise could be an early warning that a wheel bearing is about to fail. It might start out as a faint noise that increases in speed with the vehicle, and over time becomes louder. Depending on whether you're doing the job yourself or having a trusted mechanic do it for you, the wheel bearing replacement cost isn't the biggest expense – it's the labor involved with removing and replacing the wheel bearings, which also requires specialized tools.

If you're replacing wheel bearings, make sure to visit Advance Auto Parts first—to get your car project up and running right.