An essential part of the vehicle’s suspension, the wheel bearing can be found under the brake drum, rotor or the hub. Most people won’t bother checking the wheel bearing until something begins to go wrong with the vehicle. Often it is when they notice a humming, whirring noise or there is some kind of a drag they will check. While going to a mechanic is general a good idea, there are some steps you can take. Just note that every vehicle is different and may require additional steps.
- Park the vehicle on a level surface, never do work on a hill or slope.
- Place wheel chocks beneath the tires that you aren’t working on for safety.
- Loosen up lug nuts and set them aside.
- Raise the vehicle using a properly placed wheel jack.
- Unscrew the lug nuts and take off the wheel.
- Take off the brake caliper.
- Remove cotter pin, castle nut and the dust cover.
- Take off the rotor, remove the hub bolts and take off the old hub
- Remove races, clean the knuckle and install the new races with a new wheel bearing
- Reassemble the parts
As you can see the process is complicated and if you aren’t sure what you are doing, you can cause damage to the wheel. A better choice will be to call KC Auto Repair Shop at (918) 834-0665. Our team of professionals can ensure that your wheel bearing is fixed in no time and that it is reassemble so you can remain safe on the road.