Like most machines with multiple moving parts, your vehicle uses bearings to allow different parts to rotate with reduced friction. In order to make your wheels rotate, there are a number of bearings in different locations, each tasked with letting just the right part rotate friction free. Gary’s Automotive is here to offer fast, low cost wheel bearing repair to your vehicle.
Servicing Wheel Bearings
The concept of the bearing may be older than the wheel itself. Since it’s inception, the bearing has been used wherever overcoming friction has been an issue. There are different types of bearings that use different sizes and shapes to allow free rotation. Tiny metal balls, bars, or a combination of the two are often used with oil or other fluids to help dissipate heat. In your wheel, there are a number of different bearings, each with a specific function.
Wheel bearings can be found where the wheel rotates, near the centre of the rim. This bearing is used to allow free rotation of the wheel. Normally located within the hub bearing, the wheel bearing it a small piece of a larger moving part. You can purchase wheel bearings as their own part or as part of the hub assembly.
Hub Bearing Assembly
The hub bearing assembly is the part of your vehicle that hold everything together at the wheel, which with the wheel bearing, allows the entire wheel to spin. The hub bearing assembly will contain sensors if your vehicle is equipped with ABS, as most modern vehicles are.
When Is It Time For Service?
Maintaining healthy wheel bearings is crucial for the overall health of your vehicle. Damaged wheel bearings can lead to a number of issues, including decreased fuel mileage, decreased handling, and in the worst case scenarios, a complete seizure of the vehicles wheel. When a wheel bearing begins to wear out, you’ll notice a very loud, very noticeable droning sound. The sound is similar to that of a propeller on an airplane. Hub bearing replacement and wheel bearing repair are simple fixes, so if you suspect your vehicle is suffering from bearing damage, get to Gary’s Automotive!
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