However, they’re another important part of your car that keeps your ride smooth and safe, and they need proper maintenance. Wheel bearings are what enable your wheels to spin freely. Since they bear the entire weight of the vehicle, they have to be tough. Wheel bearings can last well over 100,000 miles, but they do wear out and eventually need to be replaced.
You might hear a groaning sound from your wheels. The sound might disappear at some speeds and reappear at others. Your service technician her at Elite Auto repair can quickly tell if your bearings are bad by raising the vehicle and wiggling the wheel. When you grasp the top and the bottom of the tire, it shouldn’t move along the vertical access. Many vehicles these days have wheel bearing assemblies that cannot be serviced. When those bearings go bad, we simply replace the entire assembly. For those vehicles with wheel bearings that can be accessed, we can do some preventive maintenance. You may have heard the phrase, “pack the bearings”. With this procedure we remove the bearings, carefully clean them and inspect for any imperfection or wear. If the bearings can be reused, we reinstall them and pack them with the proper grease. If not, we put in new bearings. Check your owner’s manual or ask your service adviser if your bearings can be serviced, and if so, when it should be done. Taking care of bad bearings is extremely important. When bearings go bad they generate tremendous amounts of heat, enough to lock up the wheel. That’s not a good thing at any speed. In some extreme cases the wheel can even fall off. Either of these could cause a serious accident. Have your wheel bearings inspected if you think there’s a problem and replace them right away if there is one. This is part of every safety inspection we do for our customers. The inspection is free, so why not make an appointment today and grab a little peace of mind?
You hear a lot about protecting your car’s exterior–its paint job, its tires, and its chrome finish. But what about protecting the interior of your car? There are several different things you can do to protect your car and its interior from sunlight, heat, and other issues. The last thing you want is your car’s interior being damaged and decreasing the entire value of your vehicle.
Volvo has always done things a little differently than BMW and Mercedes. Rather than hold back updates and release them all in “mid-cycle refreshes,” Volvo prefers to let the changes dribble out slowly year after year.