Driving With Bad Wheel Bearing Forum







In order to be able to post messages on the Chevy TrailBlazer, TrailBlazer SS and GMC Envoy Forum forums, you must first register. As a car enthusiast, there are times when you come across a vehicle that really does it for you. I you have a bad wheel bearing it will make a continuous noise which will generally get louder as you go faster. Are you running "parts store" grade steel bearings in your race car? Then you're racing with the lowest cost bearing available and not making use of the latest technology in bearings. Doing them on jack stands I didn't find them to hard to do. Re: Replaced Rear Wheel Bearings - Now ABS Light Is On WTF?!? So check this out. Open pod is good, engine breaths better. I show you what the wheel bearing noise sounds like while driving, what the play in the wheel looks like, and how to check the abs. When they do, they often make knocking or clunking noises over bumps or in turns, or the steering becomes stiff or snaps back toward center when the driver lets go of the steering wheel. Ceramic Bearings offer many benefits for the racer, and the cost to upgrade isn't that bad!. I am hoping to take the bad hub assembly and press a new bearing into it as a backup. The hub bearings are the ones that allow the wheel to turn on the axle. If it only happens under acceleration the inner pinion bearing is bad. If its under deceleration then its the front pinion bearing. Hello forum! I need some insight on a noise i have comming from the front of the tb, while i am driving. Hello to all the long-time experts on this site. Usually your unit bearing is shot. At first I thought my tires getting worn down. The wheel bearings may also be going bad in the front end. I have struggled on and off since my last post to remove the cam bolt from the trailing arm (steering knuckle) pivot point. If your Jeep's wheel bearings are howling, they are telling you it's time to replace these tired, old wheel bearings. Check out the Haynes manual to make sure you have everything. I have 31inch tires and a lift, my left wheel bearing already went and I fixed it now my right one is going but it's making a really bad clunking sound when I turn. Anyone know what that fluid might be?. Grand Ams eat wheel bearings, if one is bad you might as well replace both of them as the other will go out in a month or so, I had a 94 and replaced 6 wheel bearings in that car in 113,000 miles. My symptoms are there is a loud noise and a vibration coming through the steering wheel. Welcome to the *NEW* HuskyTow. CarComplaints. Depending upon the model year, cab design, wheel size, and trim style of the pickup, owners may select different grades and sizes of wheel assembly units. This Forum; This Topic on fire cause of bad wheel bearings on the dead bering and lost the wheel funny thing is a 81 gl will drive on 3 wheels well for a bit. Car Brakes, Bearings, and Hubs. A bad wheel bearing (assuming only one side is bad) would be easily found by swerving the car on the highway back and forth. The bearings are what causes a low friction transfer from the axle to the wheel. If the wheel bearing seems to be OK, then check for play in the steering box. you'll want some very sturdy jack stands. look at the surface of the rotor? is it smooth and shiny or rough and scarred looking. This grounding effect causes a wheel bearing noise to be transferred far from its point of origin. Average repair cost is $540 at 49,050 miles. I'm at 160k now and no other bearings have gone bad (yet). That said, if changing the pads made a difference, then it's unliklely to be a wheel bearing. I know noise travels but it does sound like its coming from the drivers front side. If it is a bearing you will get to a certain speed and the bearing will hum also you may find that it sometimes affects the steering [tramlining] feeling your best bet is to jack up your car grab hold of your wheel top and bottom and see if you have any excessive movement then hold your tyre side to side and repeat the process if that's ok spin your wheel to see if there is any binding or. Thinking either tire tread noise (new rubber front and backoff roadie TrailWings) or potentially the bearing. They didn't take the calipers off to check if it's my wheel bearing, they said it's because of the warped rotors? Could warped rotors make that noise? and. you will need to drain and refill if you find its in the wheel bearing. But, when I put my hands at the 3 and 9 o'clock, I can move the wheel about 1/8th of an inch. He needed a wide gate and a broad road because his bike was all over the place. Since the problem did not change when the tires were rotated I expect something in the hub/bearing area. Well after reading this thread I now know almost for sure my passenger front wheel bearing is going bad. All of them were warm, but the front passenger was HOT!. Wheel Bearing 'Normal' Temp Too hot to touch is bad, but you also have to figure in the brakes, after getting home through stop and go traffic, they are way too. In order to be able to post messages on the Chevy TrailBlazer, TrailBlazer SS and GMC Envoy Forum forums, you must first register. I Had it aligned and tires rotated and still the front left wheel area makes a roaring sound. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic. although that wheel does get very hot, (im thinkin it the friction caused by the bad bearing. I checked the torque on the wheel hub nut, it's at 200 ft-lbs. Just to clarify they one shop probaly said hub assembly because it is IDEAL to replace the entire hub and bearing instead of trying to save the hub. Ie: Left turn, right wheel. That's especially important for shoppers considering a used car that may be out of warranty. Make sure the jack is secure that if your Jeep suddenly drops you can't be hurt. Find a used AWD car for sale near you. I'm talking about common adjustable taper bearings. So im replacing the bearings on my 125, and i do NOT have a bearing press. Glad that helped :thumbsup:. Mechanic stated the bearings and the inner and outer tie rodswere bad ,but i wanna start by replacing the bearings. Buy Wheel Bearings, Hub Assemblies, Seals & Related Parts - Brake Systems online from NAPA Auto Parts Stores. Your wheel hub bearings are vital to the proper working condition of your car, and if they are not lubricated, are damaged, or are broken, the result can be a shaky steering wheel and a variety of other issues. They have bearings in them that allow the wheels to rotate freely. Wheel bearing yeah I agree. You can check the other wheels the same way to compare how they feel. From the drivers seat I could not tell which side the bearing noise was coming from - it just kinda filled the rear of the van. The hub bearings are the ones that allow the wheel to turn on the axle. Most of the new wheel bearings go bad without any obvious signs like having some play in the wheel. I also agree the loose bearings (both sides) may not be the source of my vibration problems. Forum discussion: Last year, I had the left rear wheel bearing on my 2002 Explorer replaced. Here's how to tell if the wheel bearing is bad: Run the truck at highway speed, and try to smell for something, it almost smells like hot metal, if you can't, stop the truck, and feel the center of the wheel, if it's hot as hell, then it's either your caliper is sticking, or your wheel bearings are getting hot from no lubricant. A good thing he stopped. But it does tend to auto correct as long as I hold the bars gently and carefully. Think I can replace my own wheel bearing but wanted a second opion and some guidance on how to approach it. Re: L3830 bad front wheel bearing? I have done a few Kubota and deeres common problem of front seals leaking easy as long as you have basic mechanical skill and tools. Also a common sing of a bad wheelbearing is a howling or growling while turning in. Our SuperATV rear wheel bearings are designed specifically for the rider who wants to keep out water, dirt and sand. I was expecting it to be hot if making noise. If the noise is getting louder when you turn left or right it is more than likely a wheel bearing. I suspect the wheel bearings but am not sure which one of the front bearings is making the noise. see if you got any bearing parts , material, thrust bearing, blah blah blah. You may need to knock the wheel loose if it is stuck. So, do it soon. So I just ordered two front wheel bearing assemblies at 400 bucks a piece (ouch!) and I'll be changing them out tomorrow morning. If its under deceleration then its the front pinion bearing. This can damage the bearing (if it is too be reused) and it can also cause you difficulty in getting a decent drive to remove the bearing. If a wheel bearing goes bad, more friction will be placed on the wheel, and the wheel will start to wobble. 1) Shakiness – If the wheel bearings are damaged then you are going to experience a lot of shakiness and vibrations coming from your wheels as you’re driving. at 100 for a bearing and 200 or so for a hub,but the bearing is pressed into the hub. Definately sounds like wheel bearings to me. Usually you steer the wheel alittle to the left or right and the pitch will change or the sound will disapear. That said, if changing the pads made a difference, then it's unliklely to be a wheel bearing. rear wheel bearing I drove another 40 miles after a shop told me the cost, but that really pushed the envelope. Go karts use a variety of rear axle types. Bad bearings in the front hub assembly can be identified by jacking up the front end, removing the wheel, and pushing on the hub in all directions to see if there is any movement. Pretty easy to diagnose - there is a noticeable groan or slight grinding sound, which gets much louder when turning. How to tell if wheel bearing is bad TDI 101. If its a mk1 then the bearings are relatively easy to change but you will need access to a bearing press, the mk2 is a bit different as the hub/bearing is a 1 piece assembly and a bit more of a nightmare to press and a bit more expensive. If the bearing noise gets louder the bad bearing is on the passenger side. (while cars lifted of course) if the noise is coming from your bearings you will feel a vibration/grind in ur spring. I turned 35850 miles on my vibe and it sounds as though a wheel bearing is going bad. This grounding effect causes a wheel bearing noise to be transferred far from its point of origin. COULD be bad wheel bearings. There is a nice video of it on Youtube too. Chevrolet Silverado 2007-2013: How to Replace Wheel Bearings. I have a 99 Expy 4x4 with 151,000 miles. If you have a bad outer bearing then you probably have other problems as well. This is due to the wheels having more friction which causes them to move out of place. The wheel bearing/hub assemblies are now warrantied for 5 years or 90,000 miles, whichever comes first. Find a used AWD car for sale near you. It sounds like bad tire road noise and someone told me it might be a wheel bearing. Re: L3830 bad front wheel bearing? I have done a few Kubota and deeres common problem of front seals leaking easy as long as you have basic mechanical skill and tools. recently when I was driving home I heard a bad noise coming from the driver's side wheel bearings and when I went to replace the rotor I notice that the rotor is secured to a spindle nut and I was wondering if any one knew what kind of socket I need to get to the wheel bearing. transmission, or differential troubles could be at fault. Hello forum! I need some insight on a noise i have comming from the front of the tb, while i am driving. There is no vibration or steering wheel play, but the speed-related noise is so significant that I assume it must be a wheel, wheel bearing, or some other rotating component. Can't wait!! kidding. I jacked up front end and put it in gear and and bad humming noise when i rev it up. if turning left, replace the right. Change the fronts out and see if the squeal goes away. Same mileage as yours, 2012 model. So, packing old/new bearings and inserting into the hub is - I guess - out dated! If it's not one thing, it's another. Now here is my problem. There is a nice video of it on Youtube too. Movement in the assembly will indicate the bearings are shot and that it's time for a new hub assembly. Below are the top 5 symptoms associated with bad front wheel bearings and rear wheel bearings. I you have a bad wheel bearing it will make a continuous noise which will generally get louder as you go faster. I just got home and jacked up the front. When cornering or making sharp turns, a faulty wheel hub assembly can cause clicking, popping or snapping noises. Hi I am new to this forum, I just bought a new 2002 CRV EX 4WD i hear a rough sound in the rear of the car and suspect the right wheel bearing might be bad, the rear differential fluid was just changed at 90K miles for the first time, if anyone has the instructions from the service manual to change the rear wheel bearing can he please post them so i can try this and see how difficult it might be. Turn off the air conditioning, accelerate and do some turns with clutch down and engine at idle. Most of the new wheel bearings go bad without any obvious signs like having some play in the wheel. Do not drive on the highway with a bad bearing. Brothers, Allow me to share another way of worn wheel bearings indentification method, which me finds to be effective. I recently replaced the rear wheel bearings and they only lasted about 10 hours. In the process or changing ball joints and have "realized" that the hub and wheel bearings are a sealed unit. I fully realize the dangers of driving on a wheel bearing that can fail when it is bad, including wheel flying off, destroying the hub, and knuckle with heat generated, etc. Jacking up the car, wiggling and rotating the wheels (even a mecahnic spin) do not give the slightest indication of a bad wheel bearing. Not much you can do in your driving technique to avoid a wheel bearing going bad. if the bearing is bad , sometimes its better to replace the hub. If the movement seems to be more than you think it should be, I'd have them checked out further. The noise is very similar to bad tire at first but then will increasingly get louder to "jet takeoff" stage. There was no mistaking mine, easily noticeable groan coming from left front wheel every time you turned the wheel either way. When they do, they often make knocking or clunking noises over bumps or in turns, or the steering becomes stiff or snaps back toward center when the driver lets go of the steering wheel. Depending upon the model year, cab design, wheel size, and trim style of the pickup, owners may select different grades and sizes of wheel assembly units. Sound still there! So I thought that it could be the rear wheel bearings and replaced them. You will hear a lot more than an occasional squeal before one goes. What are some typical signs of a wheel bearing wearing out? My '04 has 134k miles on it and lately I have been hearing a rotational grumbling sound coming from my right front wheel. The open-top and lightweight machines have proven to be exceptionally nimble and competent wheelers time and time again. Most commonly, these failures are related to improper or deferred maintenance, but some are also linked to manufacturer's defects.  If moisture gets into the bearing grease it can accelerate wear by decreasing the oil’s ability to lubricate and by allowing rust to form. The dealer tells me the noise coming from the rear is a bad wheel bearing. Have you been able to somehow press out and replace the bearings?. The problem is there are other causes of tire wear. Unfortunately, not everyone gets that. Go karts use a variety of rear axle types. Humming noise/vibration is still there (gets worse during braking and right turns). Pro: Peace of Mind. What am I looking at in terms of doing this job? Is it labor intensive? In looking at the Rockauto site, it seems to show only a wheel bearing/hub assembly. I jacked up front end and put it in gear and and bad humming noise when i rev it up. RE: What is the best brand of wheel bearings? I hate to say this but I am still running stock bearings in my Baja's in the wheel area but I do keep them sprayed with TRI FLOW if they get wet. I also agree the loose bearings (both sides) may not be the source of my vibration problems. Keeping Wheel Bearings Maintained. If your Jeep's wheel bearings are howling, they are telling you it's time to replace these tired, old wheel bearings. Re: Replaced Rear Wheel Bearings - Now ABS Light Is On WTF?!? So check this out. Jacked up the car and tried to wiggle the wheels and no movement. I you have a bad wheel bearing it will make a continuous noise which will generally get louder as you go faster. Driving with a faulty wheel hub is dangerous and can cause the tire to come off its bearing, even while you're driving. If you grab the tire, and push in/out on the top and bottom of the tire, there should be play if it is a bad bearing. It went from "eh, doesn't seem to bad" to "THE FRONT END IS GOING TO COME OFF!" I rotated the tires (back to front) and inspected the CV boots, which looked fine. Are you experiencing whining noise when accelerating your car to high RPM speeds? This seems to be a common problem with many cars. To do the outer you will remove the flange. That said, if changing the pads made a difference, then it's unliklely to be a wheel bearing. I bought the part, we took the wheel off, breaks etc to get to the wheel bearing hub. I couldn't find any info on the bearing specs or I would have just ordered the bearing alone. Wheel Bearings - Classifieds in Pickering, ON: Camco Rhino Heavy Duty 28, 2020 Grand Design Reflection 367BHS, Bladez Fitness Fision Indoor Spin, toddler toy lot, 2020 Jayco Jayco 18RBM. Ie: Left turn, right wheel. A bit of advice to anyone going through a lot of wheel bearings, only run the axle nut down to 100 ft/lbs anything more is overkill and wipes out a bearing faster then anything. (if any) I have tried rocking the wheel with no movement. Most commonly, these failures are related to improper or deferred maintenance, but some are also linked to manufacturer's defects. I have two trustworthy and experienced mechanics at my disposal who have both done a thorough look through on the that wheel to see what could possibly be causing the wheel bearing to consistently go out on me. From the drivers seat I could not tell which side the bearing noise was coming from - it just kinda filled the rear of the van. How do you tell if it's a bad bearing or tires feathering? My wheels make a loud roaring noise no matter what speed I'm at. If you jack up the wheel and you can wiggle it with a clicking sound and there is play then I'm sure that's what it is. The noise sounds very much like a front wheel bearing or even both of them is/are on the way out but after pricing up a new one from Jeep and discovering it is over £350 supplied only (About $550 US) I started looking for a cheaper alternative and went from the sublime to the ridiculous after finding one on Ebay for £90 but got a nasty. Good find with the first link though, I never came across that one. If the wheel bearing is noisy but tight the chances for damaging the hub or the housing are low, in my opinion. Replacing the wheel bearing is important when it comes to safe and predictable car handling. Since the car is still under the original 36,000 mile warranty, this bearing was also replaced at no cost to me. a flex disc will bang when the vehicle shifts, it absorbs the shck from the transmission shifting. [1] What is a Wheel Bearing A concise overview of how automobile wheel bearing, their operation and common repair work. When cornering or making sharp turns, a faulty wheel hub assembly can cause clicking, popping or snapping noises. So rather than replace the bearings and races, I decided to keep the original ones. The dealer used sound sensors to determine it was a diff bearing, rebuilt the diff, which cured the problem until the dealer later replaced the front diff with an 06 diff because of the half shaft/C-clip problem. While shaking the wheel, I checked the tie rod, it's solid. Doing them on jack stands I didn't find them to hard to do. It wasn't fun driving 135 miles with a bad wheel bearing; I suggest turning up the stereo. Having said that, we are talking about a different kind of bearing on a P-car. If the bearing is going bad, the hub will be warmer than the OK one. [1] What is a Wheel Bearing A concise overview of how automobile wheel bearing, their operation and common repair work. Fixing the bearing is important and if not repaired, your wheel may begin to separate from the vehicle or create issues when steering. Browse our high-quality, discount parts online today. Generally when the carrier bearings go bad they will make the noise regardless of acceleration or not. As to Evo's question on bearing longevity, I have never seen a rear wheel bearing last less than 60k miles, and that was on a '55 Chevy that I was less than kind to, shall we say. Now, try to shift the vehicle’s weight from one side to another. '04 Chevy Venture Van - Noise while Driving? Is is a front wheel drive? That sounds kinda like bad cv joints. Unfortunately, not everyone gets that. Now, I went to a Firestone place to see if they could. The drive shaft has been out but the problem existed and was just as bad (if not worse) before I changed the carrier bearing. Ask about your car and the MOT | MOT Forum > Rear wheel bearing It is clear how bad it should be and and also clear that it is the testers decision, so giving. the most difficult part i ever had with front-drive bearing replacement was getting the tie rod ends separated without tearing the rubber grease boots. She had been complaining about a noise since the winter and when she took the car in this week for an alignment they told her the alignment would not keep due to a bad wheel bearing. After some research I found that these 06 chevys have had issues with the front wheel bearing assembly, and I talked with the previous owner and he had the front bearings replaced under warranty at 10k miles. Honda always fits top quality stuff. Has anyone heard of or even better , used SNR wheel bearings ? I know bearings have been covered on here but can't seem to find any mention on these. It was replaced and the vibration is gone, but while on the highway I noticed a very strong burning smell for a few minutes. Your tires will also wear out faster, and you can experience uneven tire wear. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. Turn off the air conditioning, accelerate and do some turns with clutch down and engine at idle. Not much you can do in your driving technique to avoid a wheel bearing going bad. You are looking for grittiness, grinding or dragging. At longer intervals - usually of 36,000. a flex disc will bang when the vehicle shifts, it absorbs the shck from the transmission shifting. Wheel Hub Bearing. I just went to get my truck inspected and they told me it couldn't pass because of bad ball joints. I am having some grinding, scraping noise coming from my front drivers side wheel when I turn my steering wheel to the right. The middle one spins the most freely; with blade and belt removed it will coast for several seconds when given a spin. Tires have a very minute wear on the outside but very very minute. The unit runs fine for about 3-4 minutes and then intermittent power to the left wheel begins to be a problem. Now, I went to a Firestone place to see if they could. Ought to be reality, Beck Arnley 051-6113 Wheel Bearing Buying can in fact be simpler than conventional Shopping. You don't need to press out a bearing. This helpful guide will show you how to do it yourself. Tl the contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. Remove the lug nuts and wheel from the wheel with the bad bearings. I suspect the wheel bearings but am not sure which one of the front bearings is making the noise. There should be no vibration from break pads rubbing. So im replacing the bearings on my 125, and i do NOT have a bearing press. You don't have to be an expert mechanic to do a great job repacking your own trailer wheel bearings. Supposedly there are two available. This can damage the bearing (if it is too be reused) and it can also cause you difficulty in getting a decent drive to remove the bearing. It's very difficult to detect a failing wheel bearing because it happens infrequently and when they do wear out, it can happen fast. Luckily they tend to make a lot of noise before they're completely shot. As a car enthusiast, there are times when you come across a vehicle that really does it for you. Is it possible for the hubs or wheels center hole to be worn so the wheel does not stay centered on the hub while driving? I'm trying to determine if the vibration at highway speeds is cause by a bad wheel bearing no bearing noise, just vibration or if the wheels are not centered on the hub. Grand Ams eat wheel bearings, if one is bad you might as well replace both of them as the other will go out in a month or so, I had a 94 and replaced 6 wheel bearings in that car in 113,000 miles. Spin the wheel while holding the spring. Took both axles to dealer and they switched both bearings for $200. I fully realize the dangers of driving on a wheel bearing that can fail when it is bad, including wheel flying off, destroying the hub, and knuckle with heat generated, etc. Make sure that it goes in as straight as possible or you will likely be ordering a new bearing. I am having some grinding, scraping noise coming from my front drivers side wheel when I turn my steering wheel to the right. The hub bearings are the ones that allow the wheel to turn on the axle. 00 ) & labor + tax,shopsupplies,etc. Get that big 46mm nut loosened while the car is still sitting on the ground, wheel mounted. If a wheel bearing fails prematurely, it is as a result of misadjustment, contamination or loss of grease. If the ABS light stays on, the steering feels loose, your car vibrates, or you hear noises when driving at high speeds, it is time to replace your wheel hub. I you have a bad wheel bearing it will make a continuous noise which will generally get louder as you go faster. You don't have to be an expert mechanic to do a great job repacking your own trailer wheel bearings. Grasp each wheel, holding it first at the sides, then at the top and bottom. How dangerous is it to drive with bad lower ball joints?. The drums are straight. Corvette: How to Replace a Wheel Hub. I couldn't find any info on the bearing specs or I would have just ordered the bearing alone. On a 14 yr old car, you should be concerned about the CV joints, wheel bearings, ball joints and tie rod ends: all are consumable parts. Well, there's two ways a wheel bearing can finish going wrong: One is that the wheel can seize up, which _usually_ happens when the car is stopped, but not always, and would just have you sitting. I have done my resarch and I know that the bearing in this car is part of a whole wheel hub assembly and is rather simple to place. Also you will need a big 46mm socket. I jacked up front end and put it in gear and and bad humming noise when i rev it up. The biggest thing is to make sure whatever you use to drive out these bearings is sized to fit on the outer most metal edge of the bearing. I recently replaced the rear wheel bearings and they only lasted about 10 hours. Do the same if you have to replace them. For the new wheel bearing grease I bought a tube of Green Grease. Wheel spacers Good or bad I mean seriously Strut bars are good, makes cornering better. Replaced front wheel bearings on xp after 500 miles, co drive and maintain 900xp. Most of the time you cant tell unless you turn the wheels, casue theirs no preasure on the wheel bearing until you turn the steering wheel. Noisy wheel bearing but no play in wheel. I am having some grinding, scraping noise coming from my front drivers side wheel when I turn my steering wheel to the right. Wheel bearings aren't glamorous, but keeping them turning can save your vacation. A wheel bearing on a car and the potential to have a wheel come un-mounted and become a projectile isn't considered too bad. I'm not sure that you'd be able to hear a bad rear wheel bearing. Installing motorcycle wheel bearings is quite simple. A bad wheel bearing can cause a rumbling or a low-frequency grinding noise when loaded to that side. And, with thousands of golf cart parts and accessories to choose from at Golf Car Catalog, it can be made to function in virtually any application. Rolled almost 20k or so on some bad bearings, stock oem can go awhile. If a wheel bearing fails prematurely, it is as a result of misadjustment, contamination or loss of grease. On the highway last week I noticed a vibration that increased with speed, which turned out to be the RF wheel bearing. The thing is unless you've caused some damage to the wheel bearing yourself then it shouldn't be the cause of your problem. Check out our guide to Identifying Bad Axle Noises. If you have a bad outer bearing then you probably have other problems as well. if turning left, replace the right. When the bearing in my right front hub went bad, it never made any noise. Although your description is perfect for a wheel bearing gone, so take it to a garage and they will check it for you. a flex disc will bang when the vehicle shifts, it absorbs the shck from the transmission shifting. If it's failing you'll have heavy resistance in the wheel causing the engine to work harder to get the wheel turning. Replaced front wheel bearings on xp after 500 miles, co drive and maintain 900xp. Its hard to say how much life it will take off your bearings- it depends on how far out they stick, how bad the roads are and the miles you drive. Since my original post I have developed a new vibration. Here's the background. Just try to avoid the cheap Chinese replacement hubs. Symptoms of Worn Out Engine Bearings If your vehicle has a worn out main engine bearing or rod bearing, your car will usually display some or all of the common symptoms: Knocking Noises - If your car engine knocks upon starting the car, there is a good chance that your engine bearings are worn and need to be replaced. Screeching, screaming, or grinding brakes or wheel bearings always indicate a problem that needs to be addressed before it becomes dangerous to operate your vehicle on the open road. When they get loud you can whip the wheel a bit while driving and bad bearings will change noise/pitch with the wheel. I had a bearing noise in my original 2004 front diff that I thought was a wheel bearing. So, packing old/new bearings and inserting into the hub is - I guess - out dated! If it's not one thing, it's another. Tons of miles have been put on the car since she started complaining of the noise. Rear wheel drive cars may have 0. The biggest symptom of bad tie rods is irregular tire wear on your front tires. getting worst as i drive. you will need to drain and refill if you find its in the wheel bearing. Spin the wheel while holding the spring. That being said, one warning sign of a worn out wheel bearing is a loud grinding or roaring sound coming from the tire area of your car. My question is would a bad wheel bearing cause my car to shake/wobble and cause the alignment to pull to the left? cuz thats what it has been doing. Wheel Hubs and Bearings for Nissan Frontier.  If moisture gets into the bearing grease it can accelerate wear by decreasing the oil’s ability to lubricate and by allowing rust to form. The 'gold standard test' is to completely remove the pads and spin the hub; if the noise is still there, then the wheel bearing needs replacement. Front is much easier. Getting a new sound as speed picks upseems to be front wheel. I have read about others having wheel centering problems (I am running Cragars) so I need to check out that possibility. It went from "eh, doesn't seem to bad" to "THE FRONT END IS GOING TO COME OFF!" I rotated the tires (back to front) and inspected the CV boots, which looked fine. What am I looking at in terms of doing this job? Is it labor intensive? In looking at the Rockauto site, it seems to show only a wheel bearing/hub assembly. I can take it home and get it ispected and they will pass it, so that isn't a problem. One of my rear ones was gone at 60,000 miles. I need brakes as well so at least I'll have the wheel off anyway. Drive only in fair weather. use wheel bearing grease only. keep in mind that other components could be at fault. A bad wheel bearing usually makes a whirring or whining noise that gets louder as speed increases. Remove the lug nuts and wheel from the wheel with the bad bearings. Check out this guide to help you find the source of that annoying squeak, and what you can do to fix it yourself.