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Is It Safe to Drive With a Bent Axle?
Your car’s axles are essential components. They transmit power from the transmission or differential to the drive wheels. While they’re designed to be very strong and should last for a long time, they...
How to Replace a Wheel Seal
Wheel seals are part of the wheel bearing system and keep dirt and debris away from these bearings. Replace wheel seals if grease leaks from bearings.
How to Tighten Lug Nuts
Lug nuts, or wheel locks, hold the wheel onto the car. Missing lug nuts can cause the car to wobble so it's important to keep lug nuts tight.
How to Know if You Need a Wheel Alignment
The first time that you may suspect a wheel alignment problem is when you are driving down the road and your car feels like it drifts...
How to Clean Your Car Tires
When your car’s wheels are clean, it does more than just enhance your car’s looks. It also protects your tires from weathering and cracking and removes corrosion and protects...
How to Remove the Wheels from Your Vehicle
Your tires are an essential part of your vehicle. They are there for safety, comfort, and performance. The tires are mounted to the wheels, which in turn are mounted...
How to Replace Wheel Bearings
Wheel bearings are parts that allow the wheels on your vehicle to spin freely and with as little friction as possible. A wheel bearing is a set of...
The Mechanics of Cars: Simple Machines in Automobiles
Simple machines are single, mechanical devices that help improve the daily life of humans by allowing them to work faster, easier, and more efficiently. Simple machines are considered...
How To Replace a Tire Valve Stem
Tire valve stems are the valves located in a vehicle’s wheel where the tires are inflated from. They contain a spring loaded valve core that seals itself using the air...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Tie Rod End
Common signs include a front end alignment that is off, a shaky or loose steering wheel, and uneven or excessive tire wear.
How to Buy Good Quality Rims
Keeping your vehicle wheeling along requires more than just tires – you also need rims; and not necessarily some super-slick shiny monster rims, either. The size of the wheels and the rims are...
How to Make Aluminum Wheels Shine
Aluminum wheels are an amazing addition to your vehicle to spruce up its appearance. They give your car a sleek, customized look while being relatively low maintenance....
How to Make Chrome Wheels Shine
Chrome wheels are a way to change your car’s mundane appearance into a highly-attractive, sporty look. Some high-end or luxury cars have chrome wheels installed at the factory while many...
How to Clean Brake Dust
Brake dust is residue that accumulates on a car’s wheels over time. The dust comes from the brake pads, which wear down over time from the friction of braking....
How to Replace the Rear Hub Bearing on a Ford Explorer
Wheel bearings allow the car's wheels to give you a smooth ride. A howling or grinding noise is a sign that your hub bearing should be replaced.
How to Replace a Wheel Stud
Car wheel studs hold the wheels to a hub. Wheel studs withstand a lot of pressure and wear out if under too much force, causing rust or damage.
How to Clean and Repack Wheel Bearings
A wheel bearing should be cleaned and repacked if there is abnormal tire wear, grinding coming from the car tires, or steering wheel vibration.
How to Replace a Wheel Speed Sensor
A car wheel speed sensor helps control the anti-lock brake system by determining if a wheel is moving at a different speed than the other wheels.
How to Buy Good Quality Wheel Bearings
Sometimes you can get by with a part on your car being in semi-good condition. That is not the case with wheel bearings. They are responsible for supporting the weight of your...
How to Buy Good Quality Wheel Chocks
Wheel chocks provide essential safety in any situation where your vehicle might roll. For instance, if you’re changing a flat tire, you should use a wheel chock on the tire directly diagonal...

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Brakes, rotors, or something else?
This is a common symptom of a wheel bearing(s) failing. A wheel bearing will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing race. Both the surface of the rollers and the...
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Front end problems and I am a basic car mechanic. I do the easy work. I worked at a Toyota Dealership for a few years and never encountered this problem.
Hi there. Sounds like that the CV shaft is failing on that side of the vehicle. The outer bearing in the CV shaft is what you are hearing for the clicking sound. The bearing is probably dry and needs replaced....
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I spray painted my chrome wheels flat black a while back and now I want the paint off! Help?
Hi there. The best stuff to use to remove paint off chrome is Rust-Oleum Aircraft Remover (a paint remover for aircraft vehicles). The remover is very powerful, so you will want to cover the paint on your vehicle with cardboard...
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Currently I have locking wheel nuts
You may have custom wheels that will require only special thin lug nut types. You cannot put extensions on them. You will always need to use a special kind of lug nut and special socket the put them on and...
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Brakes frozen, bad wheel bearing?
This may be a stuck brake caliper which may cause a bit of brake drag. Sometimes when this happens, it may be just one caliper on one side which will be noticed by the fact that the truck may pull...
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Noisy grinding sound when turning wheels left or right
This is a common sign of worn out wheel bearings. Bearing noise can sound a lot like a brake pad dragging or grinding. It can also sound like whirring, whining or humming depending on how much sound deadening material your...
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Grinding/Loose part front right tire RAV 4, Whats the issue?
This may suggest you have wheel bearings going out. A wheel bearing will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing race. Both the surface of the rollers and the race...
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Grinding noise when steering left or right.
This is a common symptom of failing wheel bearings. A wheel bearing will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing race. Both the surface of the rollers and the race...
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Do I need to replace the hubs to go back to factory wheel bolts.
You're wise to go back to factory fasteners. While there are a few good quality aftermarket products out there for your car, most of the options are a kind of one-size-fits-all that involve spacers and adapters that change the design...
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One of the wheels that holds the serpentine belt has completely snapped off, I believe it is the power steering one. repair cost?
Hi there. A picture is worth a thousand words. Assuming it is the power steering pulley that has broken would lead me to question why this happened. It could be the power steering pump has seized resulting in a broken...
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There is a humming coming from the front tire. I checked the tire for a possible wheel bearing issue but the vertical shake of tire was solid.
A tight feeling when shaking the tire vertically does not always completely rule out the wheel bearing. A technician with a stethoscope or electronic hearing device can listen to the wheel as it is rolling and compare the type of...
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Tire tire popped and both sensors are bad. Now jerking to the right and wheel won't drive straight
Hi there. Anytime you have new tires installed, especially on the front end, it's important to have the front end suspension aligned. This should be completed at a professional suspension alignment shop. As they have the right computer equipment to...
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I hit a curb and my wheal popped and i chiped my rim pretty b
There is good chance that you have bent a wheel. The best way to check for this is to jack the car up and spin the wheel slowly while you have a carpenter's square on the ground just touching the...
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I have a 2001 bmw x5 4.4i. When driving over 30 mph and turning right I hear a humming sound and when braking and turning right the vehicle shakes.
Hi there. Check the wheel lug nuts and make sure that they are tight. When turning and you hear a loud humming noise, this is usually the lug nuts loose and the wheel rubbing the brakes or the wheel bearings...
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The front driver's side wheel feels wobbly while driving
Excess wheel play can be caused by several components. You will want to perform certain tests in a process of elimination to target the issue. Brakes and particularly the rotors can cause similar issues. You would notice the symptoms when...
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Everytime I drive on the freeway 60+ mph it starts to wobble.
This a warranty issue and that means that, regardless of the cause, which I will help you with momentarily, the dealership is absolutely required to resolve this issue and resolve it pronto due to the existence of Federal and state...
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Instructions on how to replace a rear wheel bearing
The bearing is contained within a unitized hub assembly that is bolted to the knuckle. The entire assembly is replaced (i.e., bearing with hub). A calibrated torque wrench has to be used because the axle retaining nut has to be...
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I have negative camber on my front driver's side wheel
Replacing the upper control arm on your vehicle may permit camber adjustment. But first, look for cam-style bolts or another adjusting mechanism. Of course, check to see if the factory preferred camber setting (probably slightly negative, maybe 0.5 to 1.0...
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Dodge Challenger bolt pattern.
Hello. The stock bolt pattern for the Dodge Challenger is 5 x 115mm, 5 lug wheel with a medium offset. Using wheels with any other bolt pattern or too high or low of offset may result in improper fitment or...
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I have a flat tire and the jack point is rusted.
Hi. If you look about six inches to a foot behind the jack point, the body of the car is there and is safe enough to use as a jack point for the car. The car jack may not fit...

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