Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Support Bearing

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Support Bearing

Common signs include unusual noises and shuddering during acceleration. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Center Support Bearing Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Nissan Altima $313 $110.38 $203.00 25% $422.13
2003 Subaru Outback $239 $113.13 $126.00 22% $306.63
2003 Isuzu Rodeo $717 $254.85 $462.00 25% $964.35
2008 Mercedes-Benz S600 $180 $54.38 $126.00 27% $247.88
2008 Cadillac STS $577 $304.18 $273.00 20% $723.43
2003 Chevrolet Corvette $685 $68.78 $616.00 32% $1014.78
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Support Bearing?

Support bearing

A center support bearing is a type of drivetrain bearing that is commonly found on rear wheel drive vehicles. Its purpose is to serve as support for the vehicle’s drive shaft and the metal shaft that goes along the underside of the vehicle and transfers power from the vehicle’s transmission to the rear differential where it is then transferred to the wheels. While it’s purpose is simple, when the support bearing goes bad it can cause problems and even compromise the drivability of the vehicle. Usually a faulty center support bearing will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver that a potential problem has occurred and needs to be serviced.

Unusual noises when vehicle accelerates

Unusual noises are some of the first symptoms produced by a bad or failing center support bearing. An excessively worn or faulty center support bearing will howl or squeal when the vehicle accelerates from a stop. The howling or squealing may quiet down as the vehicle picks up speed.

Shuddering during acceleration

Shuddering during acceleration is another symptom commonly associated with a faulty support bearing. A failed bearing will not be able to properly support the drive shaft, and as a result the drive shaft will flex incorrectly, which will cause vibration and shuddering. In more severe cases of support bearing failure, the driveshaft may even shudder and flex to the point of making contact with the undersides of the vehicle, which can cause damage to both the driveshaft and the chassis.

Most center support bearings are heavy duty and built for a long service life, however, over time they will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. A worn center support bearing will not be able to properly support the vehicle and will render it undrivable once it completely fails. If you suspect that your center support bearing may be having a problem, or your vehicle is displaying any of the symptoms above, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if your vehicle needs a center support bearing replacement.

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Alex

13 years of experience
405 reviews
Alex
13 years of experience
Alex was very helpful! He took the time needed to get the job done right. He kept me informed and never complained. I really enjoyed getting to work with him and completely trust his expertise!!! He is now my "go-to" for all my car needs. THANK YOU ALEX!!!
2005 BMW 325I - CENTER SUPPORT BEARING - DALLAS, TEXAS

Vincent

18 years of experience
21 reviews
Vincent
18 years of experience
Very nice guy, very noligable
2007 TOYOTA TACOMA - CENTER SUPPORT BEARING REPLACEMENT - AVONDALE, ARIZONA

Breck

17 years of experience
355 reviews
Breck
17 years of experience
Breck has to be one of the greatest mechanics I have ever had work on my car. He is very personable and explains everything in a way you can understand even if you're not a car person. He was on time and got my carrier bearing fixed in no time. Good, honest mechanics are hard to come by so don't miss out on this one.
2006 KIA SORENTO - CENTER SUPPORT BEARING - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Travis

15 years of experience
62 reviews
Travis
15 years of experience
Had a blown center drive shaft support bearing. Travis showed up on time, knew exactly what he was doing, checked to insure the diagnostic was correct, kept a clean work environment, and performed exceptionally. He was very knowledgeable on my vehicle make and we had some pleasant discussions on the make and model. I would/will recommend Travis to anyone looking for a new mechanic.
2008 CHEVROLET EQUINOX - CENTER SUPPORT BEARING - GOOSE CREEK, SOUTH CAROLINA

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