Most auto repair services focus on engine problems or brakes. However, there is one area of a car that is often overlooked unless you experience it firsthand. The wheel bearings make all kinds of bizarre sounds, most of which are terrifying when you first hear them. The noise becomes so loud on the highway at higher speeds that you cannot hear your radio or another person talking, and you definitely will not hear anyone who is sitting in the back seat. Usually, you can get by with bad wheel bearings for a little while, but you will want to get them repaired and replaced or the following could happen.
Bad Wheel Bearings Combined with Tire Cupping
As your tires begin to wobble back and forth on the road as a result of failing bearings, your tires will cup. Cupping creates air bubbles and vacuums that suction the tires to the road momentarily. When your car continues to move forward with this cupping action and you do not repair the bearings, the tires can blow out and completely shear the rubber from the rims. People who have encountered this issue say it sounds like both barrels of a shotgun going off and then their cars were all over the road with no means to control them.
Bad Wheel Bearings and Broken Axles
When it comes to bad wheel bearings, the worst of the worst scenarios is the broken axle. If you happen to be on the highway when your bearings completely fail, the pull on the tires in opposite directions combined with the speed can cause your axles to snap. It looks like something very large dropped or sat on the rear of your vehicle, squishing it close to the ground and almost folding both tires completely flat (either inward or outward). Once the axles go, repairing and replacing your bearings is the least of your problems, since most people just junk their cars once this occurs.
Getting Sued for an Accident You Could Have Prevented
When the wheel bearings finally fail, you will lose control of your vehicle, no matter how seasoned a driver you are. If any other drivers are close by, you will undoubtedly hit them, and incur higher insurance rates and maybe a lawsuit or two. Should it come out that the accident could have been prevented with a couple hundred dollars’ worth of wheel bearing replacements and repairs, something which you did not do, you may be faced with lawsuits requiring you to pay thousands of dollars. Avoid all of these horrific scenes and just get your wheel bearings replaced by certified auto repair services like Byrd Automotive Repair LLC.Read More