Wheel Bearings

Wheel Bearings Trusted Mechanic in Scaggsville, Fulton, Highland, Burtonsville, Clarksville, Columbia and North Laurel MD 20723

Well most of us have heard the term, maybe even had them serviced. Perhaps your car wheel bearings have failed in the past. But what are they and what do they do? Is anything required? Good questions. Recently I was asked this, and to explain we have to go back, before front wheel drive became the normal thing for almost all vehicles. We had wheel bearings. Wheel bearings 2 per wheel (front) and a grease seal required periodic removal, cleaning and inspection. If all was good, then a repacking by hand, along with a new seal was done about every 15,000 miles. Rear wheel bearings were constantly lubed by the axle oil in the differential. ASE Certified Master technicians can help with your Wheel Bearing Services in Scaggsville, Fulton, Highland, Burtonsville, Clarksville North Laurel MD.

With the introduction of front wheel drive and more compact vehicles a change was made to a bearing and hub assembly. This new design is a permanently lubed and sealed unit. So no periodic servicing is required. But, they can fail in several ways. One way wheel bearings fail is noise, another is they can develop play. The last is the failure of the ABS (Anti Lock Brake system) inside them. You can learn more about our Brakes repair services.

Noise and play require replacement. The ABS sensor is replacable, if not rusted in place.

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Rust and heat are the most common cause of failures for bearing and hub style wheel bearings.  So what to do? Pay attention to how your vehicle drives and sounds. Easy enough, drive without the radio on and no one else in the vehicle. Then you can listen and pay attention to the feel and sounds.  Depending on how much you drive, we recommend you do this every month or two. If you notice a change – see your mechanic. Tell him/her of the change and they will know what to address. Be aware of the roads that you travel on. Some roads and bridges have unique surfaces that generate noise. This would be normal, so it’s important to know your vehicle, your travel area and what sounds are okay.

Stephen Powell