Grinding, popping and snapping noises are all symptoms of a bad wheel bearing. Pulsating or pulling brakes can also indicate bad wheel bearings.Know More
In some cases, uneven brake pad wear and abnormal tire wear can indicate the vehicle has bad wheel bearings.
In severe cases, bad wheel bearings can cause brake or anti-lock braking system failures. This is especially true is the bearing clamp becomes damaged.
While noise is the most common symptoms, the noises can also be indications of other issues, such as bad hubs, worn brake pads and warped rotors. A mechanic can often diagnose the problem and determine if bearings are the culprit.Learn more about Tires, Rims & Wheels
Some tips for wheel bearing torquing include using a torque wrench instead of an impact wrench and checking for the recommended torque procedure before starting. Also, do not reuse the old nut and clean the axle shaft before installing.Full Answer >
The torque specifications for a front-axle wheel bearing varies according to the type of vehicle it applies to, however it ranges on average between 15 and 20 ft-lbs. Most of the torque is directed to the axle nut, which mounts on top of the hub assembly and can range up to 200 ft-lbs.Full Answer >
To remove a wheel bearing, first remove the wheel, the brake and the hub. This opens up access to the wheel bearings and the race that they are set into. Removing a wheel bearing is time-consuming, but necessary if the wheel bearing has been damaged.Full Answer >
To replace a wheel bearing, first make sure the car is on a flat surface. Secure the wheels that are not being repaired with wheel chocks. Raise the car with a jack, and then loosen the lug nuts of the wheel that needs repairing to access the wheel bearing.Full Answer >