Wheel bearings are necessary to reduce the friction between the wheel hub and the wheel assembly. As the wheel turns, the bearings stop the heat buildup caused by excess friction and it allows the wheels to rotate smoothly. This, in turn, makes for a nicer ride when you drive your Nissan around the streets of St. Joseph, Missouri. The bearings can wear out and need to be replaced.
A bad wheel bearing can severely affect your ability to control your car when driving. Signs of a bad bearing include:
In time, if you do not have wheel bearing replacement service work performed to correct the problems, the bearing can completely fail and stop the wheel from turning while you are driving. This can lead to a serious accident; especially if you are driving at high speeds.
When a bearing goes bad, it needs to be replaced. This is a job best performed by trained individuals who are familiar with changing wheel bearings. The tire, brake assembly, and rotor have to be removed to expose the wheel hub. The hub is then taken off of the axle and disassembled to expose the bearing assembly. The bearings are removed using a grinder or a hammer. After the old bearings have been removed and the inside of the bearing assembly has been cleaned, fresh grease is applied and the new bearings are set in place. It’s important that the bearings are aligned up properly to allow the assembly to function as intended. The bearings are tapped into place using a hammer. The wheel hub and assembly are put back together and you will be ready to get back on the road within a short period of time.
In the St. Joseph, MO, Savannah, MO, and Elwood, KS, communities, the place to go to have wheel bearing replacement, transmission fluid exchange, tire tread & pressure check done on your Nissan is Rolling Hills Nissan. Rolling Hills has a nice comfortable waiting room with HD TVs, refreshments & snacks, Wi-Fi, and magazines and newspapers to read. For those who are busy during the day, we offer early bird drop-off and after hours pick-up services.