Wheel bearings have an average lifespan of 136,000 to 160,000 km (approximately 85,000 to 100,000 miles). This is only a rule of thumb though, the actual lifespan of a wheel bearing depends on the quality of the wheel bearing and the operating conditions.
How long do wheel bearings normally last?
The standard wheel bearings on a car will last anywhere from 75,000 to 150,000 miles. There are several types of wheel bearings that can go on the wheels of your car. Some brands of bearings are unsealed and can be taken out, cleaned and repacked in grease.
What happens when wheel bearings fail?
If a wheel bearing goes bad, more friction will be placed on the wheel, and the wheel will start to wobble. The most common symptom with a bad wheel bearing is a loud noise coming from the tire or wheel of the vehicle. It will sound like metal grinding on metal and will get louder as the vehicle goes faster.
Can bad alignment cause wheel bearing damage?
Poor alignment can cause tire wear. The alignment can be pushed out of place due to the vulnerability of the metal components in the make-up of the system. Joint components and rubber bushings are not as effective as they used to be.
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When I turn left my wheel bearing noise goes away?
The reason that the bearing noise goes away on right turns (or curves) is during that maneuver the weight of the vehicle shifts from the right to the left and that "unloading" of the right side wheel position takes some of the vehicle weight off of the right wheel bearing, usually just enough to make the noise go away.