Bearing assemblies are an essential component of vehicle wheels. They are made with steel balls set inside a metal ring. The ring is filled with grease to keep the balls lubricated, a seal is put over the assembly to keep the balls and grease in it, and then the assembly is pressed into the wheel hub. The bearings serve to reduce friction buildup in the wheel hub as the wheels spin around.
They also help support the weight of the vehicle as it rests on the axles. In newer vehicles, the bearings typically come factory-sealed as a single unit, but in older vehicles, you can access the bearings to perform routine maintenance work and then reseal them. Wheel bearings are designed to last for up to 100,000 miles or more under normal conditions.
Wheel bearings are susceptible to damage from heat and moisture. Heat is typically produced when the lubricating grease in the bearings goes bad or leaks out. Another way bearings go bad is when the car is driven through pools of water on the road that is higher than the axle on your car.
Water can get pushed up into the bearings and break through the seal. If a wheel bearing assembly breaks down for any reason in the Los Angeles, Huntington Park, and Lynwood, communities, stop by our service center today!
Delaying service could result in a massive failing of the bearing which can also result in the wheel coming off of your car while driving.
There are several ways to tell if you have a bad wheel bearing:
Los Angeles Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has trained and certified technicians using state-of-the-art equipment and genuine Mopar parts to fix or replace all of your wheel and tire issues. We offer services such as tire rotation, two and four wheel alignment, balancing, and repairs.