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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Anderson

26 years of experience
51 reviews
Anderson
26 years of experience
Dodge Journey - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Brooklyn, New York
From the beginning, Anderson was professional and a joy to talk to. I will definitely hire him again.
Ford Excursion - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Jamaica, New York
He a very good worker and he has all the right tools for the job. And he can help save you money in the long run.

Scott

35 years of experience
690 reviews
Scott
35 years of experience
Dodge Neon - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Tempe, Arizona
Scott was on time, friendly, efficient, and took care of my son's car. I would definitely use some again and recommend him for anyone else to use.
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.

Bill

31 years of experience
38 reviews
Bill
31 years of experience
Subaru Outback - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Denver, Colorado
Prompt, professional, easy to communicate with, and quick. He was able to complete a repair that I had started myself but just was not able to separate some parts because my car is a bit of a rust bucket. He was easily able to come in and clean up my 'mess'/rust. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the Denver area who needs a repair done where their car is!

Bryant

11 years of experience
391 reviews
Bryant
11 years of experience
Mercury Milan - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Noblesville, Indiana
Great guy. Car gave him a lot of problems doing the wok. Not his fault, parts were really corroded and took an extraordinary effort to get them off. He never gave up on it. I would have. You can't go wrong with Bryant.

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