Is it Safe to Drive With a Wheel Bearing Gone?

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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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Edmar

21 years of experience
174 reviews
Edmar
21 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Southlake, Texas
He was great! Explained everything he was going to do and recommended other important items he thinks should be repaired. I will differently use you again. Thank you!
Dodge Ram 1500 - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Coppell, Texas
Edmars is very knowledgeable and fast. He put two wheel hub bearings in my Ram 1500 and did a great job!

Edgar

7 years of experience
45 reviews
Edgar
7 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!!

Gustavo

16 years of experience
71 reviews
Gustavo
16 years of experience
Ford Focus - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - San Antonio, Texas
Gustavo is the best even in the worst of times (Corona virus). He came and fixed my car in record time. Always profession and does not try to sell you on things you don't need. Very thorough in his assessment of my car. Thank you Gustavo.

Daniel

27 years of experience
4 reviews
Daniel
27 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Daniel is the man, came into a situation that wasnt the greatest but he went above and beyond to get me back on the road and i truly appreciate it. would recommend him for future services

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