Average Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost & 4 Symptoms

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Symptoms of Bad Wheel Bearing

Emergency Wheel Bearing: When a wheel is skipping, the most probable cause is a broken ball or worn out race. You can also experience lateral shake or shimmy.

When the wheel is bearing is damaged, it will need to be replaced. Usually, taking off the hub and replacing the shaft is not the solution.

Instead, it is best to replace the damaged wheel bearings. The entire hub will come off with the bearing and will need to be replaced at the same time. The use of coolant to remove the hub and shaft can also be considered if your going to do a complete replacement.

Good Bearing Installation: When you replaced the bad steering bearings it is important to not over tighten. When the steering wheel is tightened, it is usually because they are not fitted correctly.

Once the wheel bearings are fitted correctly, it is important to not over tighten as this can cause the rubber seals to be damaged, which can cause a lot of problems.

Lubrication After Installation: It is also a good idea to lubricate the wheel bearings after you have installed them properly. This will help the wheel bearings to last for longer.

What Causes Bad Wheel Bearing


A wheel bearing can fail for many reasons. Ultimately, it is always caused by a breakdown of the grease inside the bearing. This occurs when the bearing becomes too hot or too cold, or when it is overworked.

If you stop paying attention to your vehicle, it is possible for your bearings to deteriorate to the point where there is almost no lubricant at all left. When this happens, the bearings can become very hot or cold very quickly. This can cause them to seize up or break apart.

One of the most notable signs of a bearing that is failing is an unusual amount of road noise coming from your wheels. This type of excessive noise can occur gradually due to age and use, or suddenly if the bearings are already completely seized. Also, if you can hear something rattling around inside your car, this might be a wheel bearing that is broken down and greased up. It should be noted that wheel bearings that are working correctly have a very minimal amount of internal noises.

Clunking and/or vibration noises can also be a sign of bad wheel bearings.

If you hear such noises coming from your wheels, you should be able to isolate the source by going for a drive and listening for any additional noises that may come from any specific part of your vehicle.

What is the Life Expectancy of Wheel Bearings?

When you hear a grinding noise coming from your car or truck as it’s making a turn, take this as a sign to get the bearings checked out. Most bearings have a life expectancy of between 5,000 and 30,000 miles. Keep in mind, however, that some parts of the world have drier air than others.

If your bearings are exposed to a lot of humidity, you may need to replace them before other people will need to. That being said, however, you may still want to check them yourself. This is especially true if you are not getting a hefty bill when you take your vehicle to a shop in order to save you some money.

You can freeze the bearing overnight to help reveal and identify any damage that may have already been done. It’s best if you do this in a situation where your vehicle is up on a jack so that you may simply place the bottom of the wheel (where the bearing rests) in a bucket of ice for a few hours.

Even if the bearing appears to be in fairly sound shape, it’s still a good idea to check it to make sure that everything is still aligned and that the bearing is seated correctly.

Average Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost

Even though you may ride your bike for years, below is a breakdown of the usual cycle a wheel bearing will go through. Here is a look at the expected average costs associated with wheel bearing replacement:

  • It takes down the whole wheel so it is a lot more expensive when compared to a regular repair service.
  • It made the bike cost up to 5 times more expensive to buy.
  • Wheel bearings are very easy to check.
  • According to experts there’s only one symptom you should be looking for to show when wheel bearings are about to be replaced.

That is the wheel rotation noise. Although it’s easy to check, if you have never done it before, you may find yourself reading the instructions because it’s important to know exactly how to check.

And depending on the type of bearings you use, the procedure can be a lot more complicated.

So if you start hearing a grinding sound when you ride the bike, you should get it checked out as soon as possible. Remember that wheel bearings are the connection between the bike and the wheel. It’s the main power that moves you and the bike. If the bearings go bad, you may have to buy the whole wheel.


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