Front Wheel Bearings

Aftermarket front wheel bearings from 1A Auto are the same size and quality for a better price than OEM replacements. Each front wheel bearing hub assembly is direct fit and has been tested for performance. If the part does fail due to manufacturing defects during normal usage, our Limited Lifetime Warranty will cover it. 1A Auto is extremely passionate about empowering members in our community to fix their cars themselves. Check out our video library for a demonstration on how to replace a front wheel bearing assembly on your make and model.

Importance of front wheel bearings

Neglecting to fix a worn out wheel bearing can wear out the axle, hub, tie rods, and other steering and suspension parts. A worn front wheel bearing can also wear down the tire tread unevenly. Without functioning front wheel bearings, the wheel would turn loosely and could fall off at higher speeds.

Signs your front wheel bearings may be wearing out include:

  • Humming sound from front wheels that intensifies at higher speeds and while turning
  • Clicking, snapping, or grinding sound from the front wheels
  • Steering wheel vibrations that worsen at higher speeds
  • Loose steering
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Excess play in the wheels
  • Roughness while in neutral
  • Pulling to one side when brakes are applied
  • ABS dashboard light is on

Reasons Front Wheel Bearings May Wear Prematurely

Depending on your car, wheel bearings can normally wear around 80,000 miles. On some cars, the bearings can last well over 100,000 miles. A truck or a van tends to wear out more quickly than a small sedan. There are several reasons why front wheel bearings may wear prematurely.

  • Water intrusion removes the grease and creates rust, reducing their ability to dissipate heat.
  • Poor alignment
  • Installing larger tires than recommended
  • Installing wheels that have an incorrect offset
  • Excessive use caused by high mileage
  • Poor installation, such as, under or over torqueing the axle nut

Replacing the Front Wheel Bearing

On most cars today, front wheel bearings are built into the hub as an assembly. Few models allow you to replace the front wheel bearing separately. If you need to change the wheel bearing, you’ll probably have to replace the hub too. Some heavy duty trucks come with a solid front axle, and those will require a separate front wheel bearing.

If you’ve replaced your brakes before, replacing your front hub assembly will take a few more steps unless you have a solid front axle. As long as you have access to a torque wrench, jack and jack stands, and standard tools, you can do the repair yourself. It can take up to 1.5 hours to complete the repair. Some manufacturers recommend an alignment or replacing the axle nut and the opposite side after replacing the hub assembly.

If you have a solid front axle, you’ll probably need a bearing press tool. Depending on your vehicle, the steps may include removing the wheel, removing the brakes, draining the differential, removing the differential cover, releasing a pin from the axle, removing the solid front axle from the housing, and removing the bearing from the axle.

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