Is it Safe to Drive With a Wheel Bearing Gone?

The wheel bearings in your vehicle work with the tire, hub, and wheel to make a smooth ride while you are driving down the road. If a wheel bearing goes bad, more friction will be placed on the wheel, and the wheel will start to wobble.

It is not safe to drive with a missing wheel bearing. Driving without a wheel bearing is dangerous, so if you experience any of the 3 signs below, contact a mechanic as soon as possible. One of your wheel bearings may be about to fall off, and the symptoms themselves pose dangerous to driving.

  1. Loud Noise Coming from the Tire or Wheel The most common symptom with a bad wheel bearing is a loud noise coming from the tire or wheel of the vehicle. It will sound like metal grinding on metal and will get louder as the vehicle goes faster. If you hear noises coming from the wheel, contact a mechanic right away.

  2. Steering Wheel Feels Loose If the steering of your vehicle feels loose, meaning the steering wheel wobbles excessively, it can be another sign of a wheel bearing gone bad. This is an unsafe situation to be in because the vehicle will not be as responsive as it should be.

  3. Tires Wearing Out Faster A potential downfall of a bad or missing wheel bearing is your tires wearing out faster than if you had your wheel bearings replaced when they first showed signs of trouble. A bad wheel bearing can lead to uneven tire wear, which means you will have to purchase tires sooner. If you suspect your wheel bearing is going bad, it is best to have the bearing replaced before the tires go bad to save both money on tires and peace of mind.

If a wheel bearing is missing, it is not recommended you drive the vehicle at all as the wheel can fall off entirely while the vehicle is in motion. The wheel bearing is an essential part in keeping the wheel attached to your car, so without it, the wheel has nothing to hold it on. This is a dangerous situation to be in, especially if you are driving down the highway, as you can lose control of your car and the tire can cause an obstruction to other drivers. Have the wheel bearing replaced as soon as possible.


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Ben

41 years of experience
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Ben
41 years of experience
Kia Spectra L4-2.0L - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Houston, Texas
Wow!! Thank yu Ben, Kia drives like a new car! Let's keep fingers crossed she keeps me going. Appreciate all yu did and thanks for showing me parts n pics.
Kia Rio5 - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Houston, Texas
Ben was absolutely a delight! He was so patient and friendly with me, knew exactly what to do with my car, and genuinely listened to my questions and explained everything to me.

John

27 years of experience
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John
27 years of experience
Subaru XV Crosstrek H4-2.0L - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Rear, Passenger Side Rear) - Pearland, Texas
Great professional and friendly service. I was a little skeptic about getting service from an online page and John have change my vision of it. Definetly I will use his services again. I was trying to find a good shop or mechanic for a long time and I just found a great mechanic.
Chevrolet Impala - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Texas City, Texas
He’s nice and showed up early, fixed my ear ache of a wheel bearing problem and made suggestions on what else needs to be fixed- which can be done at a later time. I will definitely utilize him again later!

Bryant

12 years of experience
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Bryant
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Ford Fusion L4-2.0L Hybrid - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Rear) - Indianapolis, Indiana
Bryant was great, he knew what was wrong, and he fixed it. There was nothing I have to complain about him.What I do have a complaint about is, the fact I set on the phone for over two hours, trying to talk to someone, I was put on hold, and the man never came back to pick it up the phone and talk to me.I was charged 29.95 for not being home, because I had a doctor appointment. I called and told the person who answered the phone, that there were two accounts and was told they would be merged, and they weren’t. So there was a double booking. I was told that it would not be Michael it would be Bryant, but Michael came out on WEDNESDAY, and I was here, Also the wheel bearing was changed on the left front side, and it did not need to be.Only thing was wrong on that side was a wire was broken in the housing.It was fixed and the car was okay. So the 419. Dollars I was charged , should not have been that much, if the first Mechantic had checked the housing first.So I am not very happy with all this.Bryant is the best.
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.

Dan

39 years of experience
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Dan
39 years of experience
Honda Accord L4-2.4L - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Rear) - Norcross, Georgia
DAN WAS A VERY NICE AND STRAIGHT TO THE POINT MECHANIC. THE APPOINTMENT SAID IT WOULD TAKE 1 HOUR TO COMPLETE, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS QUICK. DAN MANAGE TO GET MY WHEEL BEARING REPLACED ON MY REAR DRIVER'S SIDE IN LESS THAN A HOUR. HE THEN INFORMED ME THAT I HAD A WARRANTY (WHICH I DIDN'T KNOW, THANK YOU FOR THAT DAN!) AND THAT I SHOULD FILE A CLAIM BECAUSE THE SPEED BUMPS IN MY APARTMENT COMPLEX MAY BE THE CAUSE THAT MY WHEEL BEARING WAS LOOSE AND WORN OUT. DAN GAVE ME A GREAT EXPERIENCE WHICH IS FUNNY CONSIDERING HE JUST FIXED MY WHEEL. GIVE HIM A RAISE!!!
Chrysler Town & Country - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Flowery Branch, Georgia
What to say. Dan went above and beyond the call of duty. It was a hard and kept me informed throughout the whole process. Totally recommend and will be using him again!

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