Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Wheel Hub Assembly

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Wheel Hub Assembly

Common signs include a roaring sound from the tires area, vibrating steering wheel, play in the tire/wheel combo, and clicking sound from the wheels. 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 Wheel Hub Assembly Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2010 GMC Yukon XL 2500 $474 $404.28 $70.00 7% $511.78
2009 Mazda Tribute $223 $132.43 $91.00 17% $272.18
2012 Hyundai Veracruz $280 $209.82 $70.00 11% $317.32
2012 BMW 650i xDrive $217 $146.52 $70.00 14% $254.02
2009 Mercedes-Benz S550 $243 $172.88 $70.00 13% $280.38
2014 Porsche Cayman $466 $396.48 $70.00 7% $503.98
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Wheel Hub Assembly?

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Today's modern cars, and those manufactured after 1997 are equipped with a single bearing and hub assembly that is attached to each wheel and tire on a vehicle. The wheel hub assembly includes wheel studs that attach the wheels of the vehicle to the car and is mounted to the steering and suspension system on the front end and the rear axle on the rear end. In theory, this single wheel hub assembly should last the lifespan of the vehicle, however, like any other mechanical device, it is subject to wear and tear and can break or wear out prematurely.

The wheel hub assembly is prone to damage caused by multiple driving situations such as:

  • Hitting pot holes
  • Striking cubs
  • Being involved in vehicle collisions

Although this part takes a tremendous amount of abuse, it's commonly overlooked when repairs are done to other mechanical components such as tires and wheels, suspension parts, coils, shocks and struts and other front end and rear end housing parts. When the part is damaged or is beginning to show signs of premature wear, it will commonly show some warning signs or symptoms that can be easily recognized by most car owners.

Listed below are a few of the symptoms that car owners should be aware, that will alert them to a bad or failing wheel hub assembly.

1. Roaring sound coming from the tire / wheel area

Typically when a wheel hub assembly goes bad it's actually the wheel bearing inside the single assembly that is damaged. This part will make a roaring sound, similar to a metal-to-metal grinding sound when the bearing is wearing out. This sound is caused by lack of lubrication inside the bearing, a misaligned bearing or one that has cracked due to impact with another object. It's very difficult to determine by sound which wheel bearing is going bad as the sound can be very misleading. However, if one side wheel hub assembly is broken, both sides on the same axle need to be replaced at the same time.

If you notice any roaring or grinding sound coming from the front end of your vehicle, safely drive home and contact a local ASE certified mechanic as soon as possible.

2. Steering wheel vibrates or feels loose

Another indication of a damaged wheel hub assembly is when the steering wheel vibrates at lower speeds and progressively gets worse as the car accelerates. A damaged wheel hub assembly can also cause the steering wheel to feel loose when you're driving down the road, making turns or negotiating dips in the road. The reason for this is commonly due to a worn out wheel bearing inside the hub assembly. If you notice this symptom, it's recommended to contact a certified mechanic as soon as possible so they can road test your vehicle. This is often the best way to properly diagnose what is actually causing the vibration in the steering wheel, and can save you a lot of time and money on replacing the wheel hub assembly.

3. Tire / wheel combination has a lot of play when in the air

Most of the time this symptom will be noticed by a certified tire mechanic, brakes replacement service, or oil change center that is rotating your tires. When the vehicle is on a hydraulic lift or on jack stands, and the tire / wheel combo is tightly attached to the wheel hub assembly, but wiggles from left to right or up and down when pulled, this is an indication of a broken wheel hub assembly and should be replaced immediately. Once again, broken wheel hub assemblies should be replaced in pairs on the same axle.

4. Clicking sound from the wheels

Finally, if you hear a clicking sound that increases in speed as the vehicle accelerates, this could be a problem with the wheel hub assembly as well. In this case, the brake caliper will move up and down and hit the top of the wheels as the vehicle drives down the street. This is due to the wheel hub assembly bearing being broken.

If you notice any of the above warning signs, please contact a local ASE certified mechanic as quickly as possible so they can diagnose the precise problem and fix your vehicle as quickly as possible.

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27 years of experience
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27 years of experience
He was very nice and very friendly showed up on time and fast and good at what he does thank you for your help


16 years of experience
655 reviews
16 years of experience
I originally made the appointment to change both rear hub assemblies with the bearings. When Honorio arrived he lifted the car and before performing any work he asked why I wanted to change it, so I let him know that I was hearing a hum that got louder the faster I went. He inspected the Driver side wheel and said that the bearing was okay, then he went to the Passenger side and we can hear that the bearing was bad. What I liked about Honorio is that he took the time to see what I really needed and gave his recommendations. This way we discussed together what to do and decided to change only the Passenger side. Once we decided he went to the app in his phone and changed the Invoice on the fly and saved me time and money. Plus, while he was performing the repair he had all the tools needed and made sure everything was done correctly, he is very Trustworthy and Professional. I am Very Happy !!!


12 years of experience
12 reviews
12 years of experience
William Turner did a great job fixing my wheel bearing and hub (basically the middle of the wheel that connects to the axle). He was honest and upfront about the pricing, and did the job as expected and according to his quote. He knew what he was doing. Pepboys tried to do the same fix but weren't able to figure it out. I highly recommend William Turner :)


38 years of experience
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38 years of experience
Ben was fantastic! He arrived a hour early for the appointment. Was very efficient and got the job done quicker than anticipated. The best part....he is a MARINE! :)

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