Wheel hub bearings are vitally important to the structural integrity and safety of any vehicle. Particularly in the case of your car, where worn wheel bearings can affect the efficiency of your anti-lock braking system (ABS). Take a look at these signs and symptoms of worn wheel hub bearings to ensure that you're always in for a safe ride.
Why Are Wheel Hub Bearings Important
Wheel hub bearings are especially important to the safety of cars. It allows the wheels of a car to turn easily and is an integral part of the steering and suspension system. A worn wheel hub bearing can have dangerous consequences. This includes the wheel separating from the vehicle, loss of steering control and ABS failure.
Audible Symptoms Of Worn Wheel Hub Bearings
Any unusual noise coming from the suspension of your vehicle when driving usually signals that something may be wrong with your wheel hub bearings. The severity of the sound often correlates with the level of the wear and tear, with the noise usually giving a clue as to what the defect is.
- A snapping, clicking or popping noise heard when making sharp turns may point to a worn or damaged CV-joint (the joint at the end of the shaft present in your suspension system).
- A grinding sound when driving your vehicle may indicate mechanical damage.
- If your vehicle is making a humming, rumbling or growling sound, it might signal a problem with the tyre, electrical or drive train component.
Physical Symptoms Of Worn Wheel Hub Bearings
If your vehicle vibrates or wobbles when driving at a constant speed, there might be a problem with the quality of the tyre or wheel, or with the suspension system. Alternatively, the chassis may be severely misaligned. In either case, your vehicle should be attended to immediately if you intend to drive at high speeds, as failing to do so may prove dangerous.
Abnormal tyre or break wear, as well as a vibration in the steering wheel may all indicate worn wheel bearings. Finally, problems with your ABS system in combination with some of the symptoms listed above will almost certainly be due to worn wheel hub bearings.
If you think that your vehicle might have worn wheel hub bearings, its important to have your vehicle checked as soon as possible to ensure the safety of you, your family and your colleagues.
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