What is the Wheel Hub Assembly
The wheel hub holds a car’s wheels in place. When properly operating, the front hub makes sure that a car’s tires turn freely, that the ABS system works normally, and that fuel efficiency is normal. A rear wheel hub offers a solid mounting point for the rear wheel to bolt onto and makes for 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 keeps the vehicle’s wheels in place, it is a critical part and should be fixed as soon as possible. Wheel hub change should be done in pairs, because when one is worn to the point of needing change, the other will generally have the same amount of wear.
How it is 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 now installed
- The wheel is reinstalled and car is removed from the jack stands
- The car is road tested and checked for proper operation of front hubs and brakes
If you think that your wheel hub assembly has to be replaced, you should schedule service from one of or any expert mechanics immediately. Replacement of a wheel hub assembly may need specialized tools that are best left handled by professional mechanics.
What common signs indicate you may need to replace 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 movement before brakes apply
How vital is this service?
The wheel hub assembly is an essential part 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 replaced should never be delayed.
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