Wheel bearings hold your wheels on and allow them to spin correctly. Therefore, they are a crucial component of your vehicle.
Most wheel bearings are sealed at the factory and don’t typically require replacement until around 150,000 miles or 240,000 kilometres, but there are some cars on the road whose wheel bearings do require regular service. Check your owner’s manual or ask your Silvhorn Automotive technician if your car is one of them.
Wheel bearing maintenance generally involves lubricating the bearings. Your Silvhorn Automotive technician performs this service by removing the wheel bearing from the wheel hub assembly, greasing it manually or with a device called a wheel bearing packer, then reinstalling it.
If your vehicle requires periodic wheel bearing maintenance, you must keep to the maintenance schedule. Over time, the grease in your wheel bearings may break down and become less effective. The grease can escape through the bearing until there is too little left to lubricate the bearings. Without proper lubrication, the wheel bearings could overheat, and if that happens, your wheels could fall off.
Warning signs include a wobbly wheel or a low growl or hum coming from any of your wheels. If you notice any of these, your should bring your car in as soon as possible.