The first signs of bearing failure are unusual noises coming from the bearing such as grinding, squeaking, or rumbling sounds. These noises often indicate that the bearing is experiencing increased friction and wear. Another, but more dangerous sign when the bearings are worn or damaged as it may cause increased vibration due to the imbalance or misalignment they create. This is dangerous and it is vital to catch bearing problems early to prevent more extensive damage to your vehicle.
Driving a car with a bad wheel bearing is not recommended and can be dangerous. A wheel bearing plays a critical role in the safe operation of a vehicle. It allows the wheel to rotate smoothly while bearing the weight of the vehicle. When a wheel bearing is damaged or fails, it can lead to several problems and safety hazards. These hazards include reduced control, uneven tire wear, and in the worst possible case wheel separation. Given these safety risks, it's crucial not to drive a vehicle with a bad wheel bearing, and ignoring the issue is only worse and can lead to more extensive damage, costlier repairs, and an increased risk of accidents.
The cost to replace a wheel bearing can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the make and model of your vehicle, the location of the repair shop, and whether you're replacing just one bearing or multiple bearings. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $800 or more per wheel for parts and labor. Depending on the condition of your vehicle you may also need to replace related components such as the wheel hub, tie rods, or other parts. These additional parts and services can also add to the overall cost. To get an accurate estimate for replacing a wheel bearing on your specific vehicle, its recommended to bring your vehicle in to our shop today, our reputation and expertise and the quality work we can do can help prevent future issues.