Even though wheel hub assembly replacements are a routine auto repair service and the process is easy and straightforward for professionals and DIYers alike, improper installations are still pretty common.
Is one of your wheels making a funny noise such as grinding, knocking, rumbling, or clicking? Does your steering wheel vibrate and/or feel loose?
Of all the components that keep the wheels rolling, the wheel hub bearing and hub assembly endure the majority of the stress. Because faulty wheel bearings can cause dangerous situations, a customer whose vehicle’s bearings fail after replacement will generally be extremely concerned and upset.
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Wheel bearings are one of the most critical – and ignored – auto parts. Considering that a vehicle cannot roll without them (at least not very far), it’s a bit strange wheel bearings only get attention when they begin to fail. Perhaps the problem is that modern, single bearing systems are simple, reliable, and generally do not require maintenance.
The universal joint (U-joint) is a common part found on any rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle, especially body-on-frame designs such as trucks and SUVs. The U-joint’s purpose is to transfer power to the driveshaft when the transmission and axle are at differing planes (heights). U-joints are always in pairs, usually at either end of the driveshaft.
While any rear wheel drive vehicle can have a universal joint (u-joint), they’re typically found on pickups and SUVs. U-joints connect the driveshaft to the transmission and rear differential, and they allow for a change in the angle of the driveline. This way, the vehicle’s rear axle can move up and down without breaking the driveshaft.
Water pumps are generally reliable, at least compared to the ‘good old days.’ On a modern engine, it’s not at all uncommon for a water pump to last longer than the vehicle.
Most people know that a water pump is important to vehicle operation, but not everyone knows the four most common causes of water pump failure.