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?
Our news comes to us today courtesy or AutoNews.com. Mercedes-Benz is planning to better meet the needs of C-class customers by building the new generation of its top-selling model on four different continents. It’s part of their strategy to win more customers worldwide. With C-class production sites in Germany, the United States, South Africa and China, “we can offer tailor-made models for the different markets,” Ola Kaellenius, Mercedes’s sales chief, said in an interview during a test drive event near Marseille, France.
Helicopter drones are nothing new. Autonomous, self-driving cars are already on the road, in fact we talked a lot about these cars last month. But what if you could put the two of them together? It might be a challenge, but just imagine! It sounds like something out of a futuristic video game. Scientists at Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) have gotten together with Sikorsky, a leading supplier of military helicopters.