One of the car elements that are highly prone to wear and tear are wheel bearings. Automotive experts always say that quick detection, repair, and replacement of bad bearings can immediately protect the proper working order of your vehicle and save you from more and costlier maintenance.
Detecting worn-out wheel bearings is not a difficult task. There are tell-tale signs that you should be on the look-out for so that you can have the necessary repair or replacement carried out immediately.
These signs include the following:
Noise coming from the wheel or tire area of the moving vehicle. This is the most common and easily identifiable sign that your automotive bearings are already worn-out. This noise is usually mistaken as engine noise. However, when you listen closely, you will likely hear some grinding or grating noise that gets louder as the vehicle accelerates. In general, wheel bearings are not known for wearing out that frequently. As such, this noise is typically suspected to be something else and the problem overlooked. A more careful check-up of your car done by your mechanic can help you pinpoint this problem easier.
Your car feels loose. Professional drivers say a car is “loose” when the steering power is not what it used to be or feels a bit weak. Keep in mind that the steering mechanics of a car contains wheel bearings. Wheel looseness or wheel play is another common symptom of a bad wheel bearing. When the bearing begins to wear down, they become loose inside the wheel hub and spindle. This makes your vehicle feel loose while steering.
The feeling that your car is driving on its own. When driving, ask yourself: do you feel that you still have full control of the car or steering or is the vehicle driving where it wants to go to? Automotive experts say that when a wheel bearing becomes corroded or pitted, the smooth exterior lining disappears and the vibration is transmitted to the tires which may feel like the car is uncontrollably pulling to one side or the other.
Lastly, uneven tire wear. Having your tires rotated regularly is an effective way of promoting even tire wear. However, broken automotive bearings can also lead to uneven tire wear as well. The looseness of the wheel and the vibration that reverberates through the wheel can cause your tires to wear unevenly. When you notice that you still have uneven tire wear, even after they were rotated, it’s time to have your car bearings checked by experts.