The wheel hub assembly on your vehicle is responsible for keeping your wheel attached to your vehicle and allowing the wheel to turn smoothly and freely. The wheel hub is mounted between the drive axle and brake drums/disks. It contains metal bearings for smoother rotation. The studs that your brake rotors/drums and wheel attach to are located on the wheel hub which is bolted to the steering knuckle or axle. In ABS-equipped vehicles, the ABS sensor is usually located on the wheel hub.
What Are Signs Of A Bad Wheel Hub?
When a wheel hub starts to fail, it can make a variety of different noises you can sometimes feel in your steering wheel or pedals as well. Since the wheel hub bearings are constantly turning while you are driving, vibrations and noises will be present only while driving. You can expect one or more of the following symptoms when dealing with a bad wheel hub:
Noises such as growling or humming coming from the wheels when driving at a moderate speed.
Metal on metal screeching or rubbing sound when driving at low speeds
Shakes or vibrations felt in the steering wheel when driving
ABS light illuminates if the signal is lost or the sensor is failing
These symptoms can be caused by other failing suspension components, so have your car properly diagnosed by a licensed mechanic.
Can You Drive With A Bad Wheel Hub?
It is possible to drive with a bad wheel hub and many vehicles on the road currently have a failing wheel hub. While you can drive with a failing wheel hub, it is not recommended to do so for a long period of time. Over time, the wheel hub can separate or completely seize, causing your wheel to be unable to move. This can be a dangerous situation when driving, so if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible.
How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Wheel Hub?
Having a wheel hub replaced at your local reputable shop is going to run about $265-$347 to replace a wheel bearing, according to RepairPal. However, you can save a little money by doing it yourself, and using high-quality wheel hubs from GSP Latin America. These wheel hubs are some of the best hubs you can buy as they are manufactured for longevity and easy installation.
High-Quality Wheel Hubs From GSP Latin America
GSP offers some of the highest quality wheel hubs in the industry. GSP offers both wheel hub and knuckle hub assemblies.
Vulcanization Process - All Hub Assemblies go through a vacuum vulcanization process to enhance the structural integrity of the seal and rubber components.
Quality Control - In order to increase longevity and resist abrasion, GSP’s ball bearings are spaced precisely to the appropriate clearance for smooth rotation.
Durability & Performance - Hub bearings use high-quality rubber to optimize the seal’s performance and durability against high temperatures and weathering.
Premium Materials - To ensure a smooth surface, free from defects, burrs, and cracks, all bearing housings are manufactured with polyamides for added impact toughness and age resistance.