What is the Wheel Hub Assembly?
The wheel hub holds a car’s wheels in place. When properly functioning, the front hub ensures that a vehicle’s tires turn freely, that the ABS system works properly, and that fuel efficiency is normal. A rear wheel hub gives a solid mounting point for the rear wheel to bolt onto and ensures smooth rotation at all speeds.
Bear in mind:
A worn out or loose wheel hub assembly can result in a catastrophic wheel failure. Because the wheel hub holds the vehicle’s wheels in position, it is a critical component and should be fixed as soon as possible. Wheel hub replacements should be done in pairs, because when one is worn to the point of needing replacement, the other will generally have the same amount of wear.
How it’s done:
- The car is supported on jack stands and wheel is removed
- The old wheel hub assembly is taken out
- The new wheel hub assembly is mounted
- The wheel is reinstalled and car is removed from the jack stands
- The vehicle is road tested and checked for proper operation of front hubs and brakes
If you feel that your wheel hub assembly needs to be replaced, you should schedule service from one of our expert mechanics immediately. Replacement of a wheel hub assembly may require specialized tools that are best left operated by professional mechanics.
What common symptoms indicates you may need to change the Wheel Hub Assembly?
- Whirring or grinding noise from the area of the front hub, found near the center of the vehicle’s wheels, underneath the hubcap
- “Loose” steering, or steering that responds slowly
- Uneven brake application or excessive brake pedal travel before brakes apply
How important is this Repairs?
The wheel hub assembly is an important component of any vehicle. If the wheel hub assembly is not in good operational condition, the wheel can separate from the axle. This is an extreme safety hazard, and repair should never be delayed.