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Why is my wheel wobbling?

Why Is My Wheel Wobbling?

A wobbling wheel can be a sign of serious issues that need immediate attention for your safety and vehicle integrity. At Wayside Garage in Seaside, CA, we recently dealt with a customer driving an RV with this exact problem. The culprit? Worn wheel bearings. Let's dive into what wheel bearings are, why they're important, and how they can affect your driving experience.

What Are Wheel Bearings?

Wheel bearings are crucial components that allow your vehicle's wheels to rotate smoothly and freely. They bear the vehicle's weight and withstand the forces generated by the wheels. Depending on the vehicle, there are different styles of wheel bearings. Some bearings require routine maintenance, while others are sealed and considered non-serviceable.
When wheel bearings wear out, they can become noisy, producing a whirring or growling noise that increases with speed. This noise may change—becoming louder or quieter—when taking corners, due to the shifting weight of the vehicle affecting the stressed bearing. In severe cases, worn bearings can allow the wheel to wobble, as was observed in the RV we serviced.
For some vehicles, replacing a sealed bearing involves changing the hub and bearing assembly, while others may allow for the bearing alone to be replaced. It’s crucial to address these issues promptly to prevent further damage and ensure safe driving.
Experiencing wobbling, noise, or other issues related to your wheels? Don’t compromise on safety. Call Wayside Garage at 831-899-2425 or visit us in Seaside. We’re ready to inspect your vehicle and ensure your wheels are in top condition.

Keeping your wheel bearings in good shape is essential for safe driving. Regular checks and maintenance can prevent the unsettling experience of a wobbling wheel and keep your vehicle running smoothly.


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