While taking care of our automobiles we often look to maintain the most prominent parts that we think are useful. These include – the wheels, the batteries, seats etc. and we assume that we have done the needful. However, we forget about the wheel hub bearings that wear out from day to day and suffer the most.
While we replenish the other parts, take care of the other parts including cleanliness, we must not forget the much-required maintenance of bearings. It is necessary to monitor these as if they are not, it might lead to brutal problems like loss of steering control, or wheel alignment or the worst – loss of wheels while driving. These wheel hub bearings are supposed to be rightly placed and maintained as they manage the weight of the automobile in motion and even when it is the standstill.
There is greasing required for these bearings to function well and keep the vehicle in good shape. For this, one must adequately grease the bearings and keep them in shape. Though these are low maintenance parts of your vehicle but they do need maintenance sometimes, at least once in three months. It is said that an average wheel hub bearing is okay to be used until 85000 to 1, 00,000 miles. Thus to say that in these terms one should check and examine the bearings every 25,000 miles your vehicle travels. This would ensure your vehicle is not going out of control. If these things go out of hand, you get to know through some signals like squealing or chirping sounds, humming noise that goes up while you start to steer your wheel.
Also, there could be little tests done while driving. Like, for example, just after driving you could do a sanity check of your wheel hub bearings. If they are hotter for some wheel than the other wheels of your car, it is probably worn out.
You could also check for the same by cliffing your car with a jack and make the wheel move. If there is more than required drag of the wheel, it is better to replace the wheel hub bearings. This is to ensure that the bearings do not lead to some problem later on.
While these bearings are relatively ignored they are very important for your vehicle to function well. Some experts even go to the extent that people have been reporting a better mileage after replacing their wheel hub bearings. This means that even if it does not hold true, the fact stays that the dragged wheels would lead to more friction and damages your vehicle’s parts and might lead to unsolicited consequences. As they say better late than never, one must ensure a smooth run of the vehicle throughout its life. This includes looking for fuel efficiency and justification for the cost involved in maintaining the car otherwise.
To this effect, one must ensure that there is no fallacy in the bearings at all times for the wheels and the vehicle to function smoothly as long as you own it.
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