What Happens If Wheel Bearings Go Bad?
Wheel bearings are an integral part of transportation whether on an automobile, truck, train or just about anything else using wheels. Overlooking warning signs and maintenance requirements could have severe consequences, which cause serious accidents and personal injury.SignificanceFailing wheel bearings could seriously effect vehicle driveability and occupant safety. Losing one or more wheels even at low speeds could cause the vehicle to lose control, which would likely result in a very serious accident.FunctionProperly functioning wheel bearings allow the wheel to rotate with as little internal friction as possible. This minimizes wheel hub heat buildup, which is a common cause of wheel bearing failure in all types of wheels.MisconceptionsMaintaining wheel bearings should be a part of routine vehicle maintenance and should be checked every 85,000 to 100,000 miles. Wheel bearings will not last indefinitely and will fail if not properly serviced.Prevention/SolutionHearing squealing so
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