Find resources from the basics of brakes and bearings to diagnosing, wheel bearing service tips and bearing failure prevention and more.
Hubs and Bearings
If you are replacing a wheel bearing on a late-model vehicle, you will be dealing with a wheel speed sensor. In the past decade, wheel speed sensors have been moving to inside or on the wheel bearing or hub unit. At this location, the wheel speed sensors are more accurate and often more protected from the elements.
Operating efficiencies in your shop can mean the difference between generating a profit and breaking even, so efficient installation of wheel hub assemblies should be a priority. You can increase efficiency using some straightforward techniques that are applicable to all shops.
Proper wheel hub installation reduces vehicle maintenance costs and extends the useful life of wheel hub assemblies and their related parts. Whether it’s preventing comeback wheel bearing replacements or abnormal wear on tires, proper installation can save your customers money (and time) down the road.
Wheel hub assemblies can fail and require replacement for a number of reasons, making it important to troubleshoot problems if these warning signs occur. Below are some proven troubleshooting methods can lead you in the right direction.
Turnaround times for installation have a big impact on a shop’s throughput. The efficient installation of a wheel hub assembly allows a shop to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction and maintain profitability.
Lubrication is essential for the proper function of bearings because it reduces friction, which can cause damage or failure of the bearing. Lubrication also protects against corrosion and contaminants that can damage bearings and other wheel-end components.