How Long Do Wheel Bearings Last?

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If you are hearing a strange sound coming from your wheels when cruising around North Myrtle Beach, it could be that the wheel bearings are shot. How long do wheel bearings last? The average life of wheel bearings is between 85,000 to 100,000 miles, but the actual lifespan will depend on the quality of the bearings and where and how you drive. Learn more about wheel bearings last, and if your vehicle is due for a wheel bearing replacement, schedule service today at Bell And Bell GMC in Little River.


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What Are Wheel Bearings?

Wheel bearings are an important part of your car, truck, or SUV. The wheel bearings are inside the one-piece hub assembly located between the drive axle and the brake disc or drums. This hub also incorporates the ABS wheel speed sensor and mounting flange. The bearings are tightly packed in a grease-filled, waterproof, sealed metal ring called a race, which is located inside the hub of each wheel. Wheel bearings are what allow the wheels to spin and are engineered to support the weight of the vehicle. Knowing the average life of wheel bearings, while keeping up to date with routine maintenance, can save you from expensive repairs in the future.

How to Tell When Your Car Needs a Wheel Bearing Replacement

Some telltale signs that your wheel bearings may be worn out include: 

  • Humming, squealing, or clicking sounds coming from the wheels
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Wobbling wheels
  • The vehicle pulls to one side or another when braking
  • Excessive play in the steering wheel
  • Vibrations in the steering wheel

How long do wheel bearings last? As mentioned previously, the average life of wheel bearings is approximately 85,000-100,000 miles. However, that lifespan can be shortened if you hit a curb, speed bump, or pothole at high speeds. Contamination from water, mud, road salt, or sand can also shorten the life of your wheel bearings. Ignoring worn-out wheel bearings can negatively affect the CV joint and automatic transmission, so it is important that you visit our service center as soon as possible for a wheel bearing replacement.

Get Professional Wheel Bearing Replacement at Bell And Bell GMC

If your car is in need of a wheel bearing replacement, wheel alignment, or other suspension service, you can count on the experts at Bell And Bell GMC. We can handle all of your vehicle maintenance and repair needs, and with our service specials and coupons, you’ll find some of the best deals in the Conway and Myrtle Beach area. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our service team.


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