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Wheel Bearing & Hub - Rear
What are Rear Wheel Bearings and Hubs and where are they Located?
While every vehicle will have front wheel bearings and hubs, not all of them will have rear wheel bearings and hubs. However, in those that do, they too are important parts of your vehicle's steering, suspension, and braking systems. Most modern vehicles use a one-piece hub assembly that incorporates the hub, wheel bearing, ABS wheel speed sensor, and mounting flange. While less common, there are still some vehicles that still use a separate wheel hub and press-on bearing. Rear wheel hub and bearings typically mount on the end of the rear spindle, or swing arm behind the rear brake rotor. The hub itself is what holds the brake rotor and wheel onto the vehicle.
How Do I Know if my Rear Wheel Bearing and/or Hub Needs to be Replaced?
A wheel hub itself rarely has problems because it is simply a block of steel. The most common reason why a rear wheel hub needs to be replaced is because the wheel bearing that is attached to it has failed. Wheel bearings can fail because of age, dirt and water contamination, or improper installation in the case of a two-piece hub and bearing assembly. A worn out rear wheel bearing will usually make a grinding sound which is more noticeable when turning in the direction of the side with the worn hub. Another reason why a wheel bearing and hub assembly will need to be replaced is if an ABS sensor has been built into the hub itself and it is not working. When this happens, even if you have a perfectly good working hub, the entire rear wheel hub and bearing assembly has to be replaced.
Can I Replace a Rear Wheel Bearing / Wheel Hub Myself?
Wheel hubs and wheel bearings are usually a job that requires some automotive experience. If you live in a dry, low-rust area, then they are far easier to replace. In the areas where vehicles rust, rear hubs - and hubs in general - can sometimes be a bear to remove. Use plenty of rust penetrating oil, and gather up as much patience as possible before beginning the job. If you have never replaced a wheel bearing and hub assembly before, a service manual is invaluable for a job like this. For vehicles that use a press-on bearing, professional installation is recommended.
For an even more in-depth explanation of wheel bearing and hub assemblies, how they work together, why they fail, replacement tips and more, check out our wheel bearings and hubs guide.
Need a Replacement Rear Wheel Bearing, Hub or Hub and Bearing Assembly?
Properly functioning rear wheel bearings and hubs are essential to the operation of those vehicles that have them. Therefore, regardless of if you have a one or two-piece hub and bearing assembly, if any component has failed a replacement of some kind will be required. If you are in need of a replacement part, then you have come to the right place.
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At 1A Auto, shopping for a replacement rear wheel bearing, hub or assembly for your car, truck, SUV or van is easy - we're here to help you select the right parts for your vehicle! Call our customer service toll free at 888-844-3393 if you have any questions about the product, warranty, compatibility or to purchase, or you can buy online.
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