Is It Safe to Drive With a Damaged Wheel Bearing?

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In order for your wheels to turn, they need bearings. Wheel bearings fit into the hub (inside a race) and allow the wheel to turn freely. However, bearings wear over time and they’ll eventually fail. Is it safe to drive with a damaged wheel bearing? The answer is no.

Some things to watch out for include:

  • Roaring: The most common symptom of a failing wheel bearing is a roaring sound from the affected wheel while you’re driving. It may become more pronounced during turns as the car’s weight shifts and a different load is placed on the wheel. In some instances, you’ll only hear a noise under specific driving conditions (it depends on where the wear in the race is occurring). If you notice a roaring sound from one of the wheels, it’s vital to have it inspected as soon as possible.

  • Wheel play: If you grab the tire by the top and bottom edges and wiggle it up and down, movement should be very minimal or nonexistent. However, if you notice a lot of movement, it means that your bearing is nearing the end of its life.

  • Progressive damage: Once a wheel bearing begins to fail, it will affect other components. The bearings won’t allow the wheel to turn freely, which exacerbates the problem. It also puts stress and strain on the hub, the CV joint, the axle, and the transmission.

  • Ultimate damage: If you don’t replace a damaged wheel bearing before it fails completely, the wheel will completely seize up. If this happens while you’re driving, the results can be catastrophic. This is not a component to take chances with.

If you suspect that one of your wheel bearings is damaged or beginning to fail, have it inspected immediately. It is not safe to drive on for any length of time. YourMechanic can diagnose the problem and replace a damaged wheel bearing.


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Edgar

6 years of experience
21 reviews
Edgar
6 years of experience
Chrysler 300 - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Austin, Texas
Edgar did an excellent job according to my son. The dealership said my car needed a new front end for over $3,000. After researching the problem on the internet, we discovered it only need new bearing on front passenger side. After further research, we discovered YourMechanic. Edgar did a great job and fixed the problem without any problem. We will be referring Edgar with YourMechanic to all our friends! Thanks for the great job, Edgar!!!
Honda Odyssey - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Austin, Texas
Edgar came out on a Saturday and did a great job replacing two wheel ball bearings in our minivan. Was extremely polite and professional. Test drove after to make sure the problem was resolved. Highly recommend!!

Travis

11 years of experience
56 reviews
Travis
11 years of experience
Cadillac DeVille - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Marshville, North Carolina
Seems to be a great person, hopefully a good mechanic (藍藍藍). Got the job done quickly & effectively. Would definitely use him again. Thank you all very much.
Saab 9-5 - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Rear) - Charlotte, North Carolina
Travis is a great mechanic came in knocked it out, done! car drives like brand new. Travis is officially my mechanic. thank you!

Brian

21 years of experience
251 reviews
Brian
21 years of experience
Dodge Grand Caravan - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Rear, Passenger Side Rear) - Jacksonville, Florida
Brian was on time to do the service on my Dodge Caravan. He was very polite and friendly. He answered all my questions and concerns that I had concerning the wheel bearings on my vehicle and also other concerns I had. He did a great job. I will recommend him and this company to all of my relatives and friends.
Buick LaCrosse - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Jacksonville, Florida
Brian is a great guy. Easy to talk to, and clear as to which maintenance and services are needed. Brian did not try to sell me something I did not need.

Scott

34 years of experience
609 reviews
Scott
34 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Tempe, Arizona
Scott started the positive experience by communicating with me in advance. Once on site he explained the process and the needed repairs. He instilled confidence that I'd made the right choice by selecting My Mechanic.

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