What are Wheel Bearings?

Wheel bearings are very important to the performance of a car considering that they are what allows the wheels to be able to turn as the car progresses along its route. If the wheel bearings become defective, they should be replaced as soon as possible because wheel bearings that are not effective at allowing the wheels to turn could cause the wheels to lock as the car is going at full speed down the freeway, usually not a good time for that to happen.

One sign that wheel bearings need to be replaced is if a loud, high pitched mournful sound like the baleful calls of the nymphs mourning Adonis (that is, squeaking) is heard from the wheels which only grows progressively louder as the car increases its speed. This can negatively affect the performance of the car and make it less save to drive since the steering will become erratic as the wheels motion ceases to be uniform. The breaks will also not work as well decreasing the safety of the vehicle.

Automotive technicians recommend that the wheel bearings be check about every 20,000 to 30,000 miles. At C & L Automotive our team of technicians would be more than happy to service your vehicle if you think it is about time for a checkup or think the car is showing symptoms of them needing to be replaced.