What happens if a wheel bearing fails while driving?
The wheel bearings in your vehicle works with the tire, hub, and wheel to make a smooth ride while you are driving down the road. If a wheel bearing goes bad, more friction will be placed on the wheel, and the wheel will start to wobble.
Should you replace wheel bearings in pairs?
Replacing wheel bearings on both sides of a vehicle used to be standard procedure as it was economical insurance against a comeback. Now, it’s unethical to sell bearings in pairs if only one side has experienced a failure. Bearings have changed in size, construction and material.
Can I just replace the wheel bearing and not the Hub?
If your car or truck has a non-serviceable wheel hub assembly with press in bearings, you will need a shop press to remove and replace the bearings. If your car or truck has non-serviceable wheel hubs, simply remove the old wheel hub and replace it with a new part.
Does a bad wheel bearing affect gas mileage?
Bad wheel bearings can effectively reduce the efficiency of your drivetran. A bad wheel bearing increases the friction in your vehicle and causes the engine to work harder to move your vehicle.