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Frequently asked questions about wheel bearing replacement & repairs

Read our answers to questions about wheel bearing replacement costs, symptoms and more.

What does a Wheel Bearing do?

A wheel bearing enables the wheel (and with it the wheel hub) to rotate smoothly on a wheels' upright by reducing the friction between the moving and non-moving parts of the wheel hub. The bearings are usually made up out of roll or ball bearings in which the outer part of the wheel hub can turn. Each wheel is fitted with a set of bearings, most cars have two sets of bearings, one for the inner part of the wheel hub and one for the outer part.

What does a wheel bearing replacement involve?

Over time, a damaged wheel bearing can affect your car’s steering, as the weight of the bearings, or any defects in the race can cause your wheels to not sit level with the road. This can lead to uneven and premature tyre wear, and your car behaving unpredictably when turning corners.

Once the problem has been diagnosed, a wheel bearing replacement should be carried out as soon as possible.

Can I fix my own wheel bearings?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a wheel bearing replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic.

Having a front or rear wheel bearing replaced isn’t a huge job but also not a quick job because there are quite a few parts to remove to get access to your wheel bearing. The job is also more involved because of the way most front wheel drive and four-wheel drive cars are set up.

ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the signs of a bad wheel bearing?

  • When the car vibrates whilst driving.
  • When a wheel does not move (bearing has seized).
  • When there is a thudding or clunking noise coming from underneath the car.
  • When there is a squeaking noise coming from underneath the car.

How long does it take to replace a wheel bearing?

A front wheel bearing replacement on average takes just over 1 hour, but can take anywhere from under 1 hours to 2 hours. A rear wheel bearing replacement takes on average under 1 hour, but can range from under 1 hour to 2 hours. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

Can you drive a car with a bad wheel bearing?

It is advisable not to drive the car when noticing a shudder through the steering wheel or if you feel the wheels shaking. Addressing issues with the wheel bearings timely and professionally is key to prevent further, more expensive, damage.

How often do you replace wheel bearings?

A typical wheel bearing will likely need replacing every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, depending on a number of variables. Remember, wheel bearings should always be serviced as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer.

Over time the bearings can wear, usually the bearings wear due to inadequate lubrication. In severe cases, it might be that a bearing fails completely. The result is generally a squeaking or grinding noise coming from one of the car's wheels.

Should you experience problems with the bearings then it is advisable that you have them inspected as soon as possible and, if necessary, have the bearings replaced.

How common is a wheel bearing replacement?

Wheel bearings are often damaged when a car hits a kerb with some force. But also, because the bearings have to be able to travel as smoothly as possible around the race to help keep your car wheels turning predictably.

Until the late-1990s, it was common for car manufacturers to recommend wheel bearing replacement every 30,000 miles. But while today’s wheel bearings can typically last twice as long, many cars are also doing far higher mileages, so they are subjected to much more wear and tear.

How to extend the lifetime of your wheel bearings?

A hard impact against a kerb can easily damage a wheel bearing. So avoiding hitting any kerb is a good way to treat your wheel bearings kindly and prolong their life.

Also, while wheel bearings can withstand lots of wear and abuse, their biggest enemies are heat and water. Heat – which is usually caused by a lack of lubrication, so too will water penetrating the bearings.

What are common wheel bearing brands on the market?

Wheel bearings are precision-manufactured pieces of equipment and are commonly supplied in kits which also include the replacement race.

Brands which have a long track record of being fitted as new and used for wheel bearing replacement include Koyo, Timken and SKF.

Can you replace just one wheel bearing?

It is recommended that both sets of wheel bearings on the same axle are replaced at the same time. Most importantly, replacing a wheel bearing is important when it comes to safe and predictable car handling.

Is a worn wheel bearing an MOT failure?

Yes, a worn wheel bearing can lead to an MOT failure as they pose a safety risk. If a wheel bearing wears to much and there's excessive play it can fail and lead to a dangerous situation on the road. Hence, the MOT certificate will usually list "excessive movement" in the bearing as the reason for the MOT fail.

How much does it cost to replace a wheel hub assembly?

Replacing a wheel hub assembly, as seen on many modern vehicles, would cost between £150 to over £300 depending on the vehicle model and hub assembly used.

How long will a worn wheel bearing last?

A worn wheel bearing can quickly fail, sometimes within 100-200 miles. This can cause further damage to the wheel hub and suspension. It is therefore advisable you get the wheel bearing issue fixed before you drive the car again.

How long do wheel bearings last?

Wheel bearings can last as much as 60,000 miles, but this does depend on a few factors. Maintaining the bearings, like regular lubrication, according to manufacturer recommendations is key to extend their lifespan.

What does it sound like when a wheel bearing is going out?

A wheel bearing that's on it's way out will usually produce a clunking, thudding or squeaking noise. The noise will come from one of the wheels on the car where the wheel bearings are fitted. If noise is coming from a wheel bearing it's important to get it checked by a professional mechanic.

Is the wheel bearing checked during an MOT test?

Yes, a wheel bearing will be checked during an MOT test. It is a critical component as it helps to support the weight of the car. A wheel bearing that is excessively rough or with excessive play is a major fault while if the play is found to be so excessive that it is likely to break up or impair directional control then it is classified as a dangerous fault.

What can cause a wheel bearing to fail?

The cause of a wheel bearing to break is typically due to excessive wear and tear, although it can also be caused by an impact or other damage. Sometimes improper installation can also lead to wheel bearing failure.

Can I drive with a bad wheel bearing?

A bad wheel bearing is not safe to drive and should be replaced as soon as possible. Driving with a bad wheel bearing can cause damage to the car’s suspension and steering. It can also cause the wheel to come off while driving, which can lead to a serious accident.

Is wheel bearing replacement covered under warranty?

No, they will most likely not be covered under warranty as they are considered a wear and tear component.

Is wheel bearing replacement covered under insurance?

No, wheel bearing are usually not covered by insurance. However, if the wheel bearing is required to be replaced due to an accident, then it may be covered under insurance depending on the policy.

How much does it cost to replace a wheel bearing?

Prices for a wheel bearing replacement range from £120 to £300 with an average cost of £175. Ultimately, the cost depends on whether front or rear wheel bearings need replacing as well as your location and type of car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your wheel bearing replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a wheel bearing replacement. See the averages for different makes below. We consolidate industry standard data with millions of data points to give you the most accurate price. These estimates may include Front wheel bearing kit (driver side), Front wheel bearing kit (passenger side), Rear wheel bearing kit (driver side) and/or Rear wheel bearing kit (passenger side).

Estimates on average repair costs, such as the above results for a wheel bearing replacement, are based on ClickMechanic's quote data which combines multiple third-party sources. Actual costs may vary. We provide estimates on average repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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