What Is a Wheel Bearing?

Wheel hub bearings are vital components that work within the hub and work within the wheel assembly to allow your tires to rotate the right way. The bearing itself is a set of steel balls that are held by a ring. If one of these wheel bearings become damaged, it will definitely significantly impact the safety and performance of your ride.

Depending how bad the damage is, it may just seem like an inconvenience at first. However, neglecting to replace the wheel bearing will cause the damage to worsen and can put you at a major risk of an accident.

How to Tell If You Have a Bad/Failing Wheel Bearing

Grinding Noise

One of the most prevalent symptoms of damaged wheel bearings is a grinding noise. In severe cases, it can even be felt while driving.

Humming Noise

A humming sound or similar high-pitch tone coming from your car can mean that your wheel bearings are worn. The noises are more pronounced whenever you make turns in your vehicle.

Wobbly Wheels

If your wheels feel loosened or shaky when driving, it can be a sign of faulty wheel bearings. These symptoms can also indicate other problems relating to the suspension system or brake system. So, bring your vehicle to our shop for an inspection to make sure. 

Uneven Tire Wear

If your tires are wearing unevenly, specifically having one tire that looks more worn than the rest, it can mean that you have a wheel hub bearing problem. This symptom is linked to other known issues, so please consider having it checked out.

If you notice strange behavior coming from your tires and wheels, it’s a good idea to check up on it to see if there is a larger issue at hand. At Bay Area Tire & Service, we are the best Maryland auto repair shop, and we are capable of diagnosing any tire/wheel problem. Feel free to give our friendly team a call or visit soon.