Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wheel Bearings
Posted January 1, 2020 7:01 AM
Why are wheel bearings for Royal Palm Beach vehicles important? It's simple: your wheel bearings keep the wheels on your vehicle. In today's Brake World post, we'll discuss more about wheel bearings and how you can make sure they can do their very job while you drive around Royal Palm Beach, FL.
Wheel bearings are pretty simple parts. They're made of high quality steel and are engineered to last 100,000 miles (160,000) or more if properly cared for. The bearings do two jobs: First, they allow the wheel to freely rotate with as little friction as possible. Second, they support the weight of the vehicle. For example, if your car weighs 3,600 pounds (1600 kilogram), each wheel has to support approximately 900 pounds (400 kilograms). That's a lot of heavy lifting over those long distances.
Even though wheel bearings are pretty straightforward, they need to be in near perfect condition to do their job for Royal Palm Beach vehicles. The bearings are packed with heavy grease to lubricate and protect them. A seal keeps the grease in and water and dirt out. It's when the seal starts to leak that problems begin. The grease can become contaminated, causing the wheel bearings to overheat and ultimately fail.
The first sign that your wheel bearings are in trouble is an unusual noise coming from a wheel. It could be a chirping, growling, rumbling or a cyclic sound. The noise could get louder or even disappear at certain speeds. Your technician at Brake World can inspect for bearing wear by lifting the vehicle and checking for play in the wheel.
Now some wheel bearing assemblies are factory sealed. That means that they cannot be serviced – they can only be replaced. Those that aren't sealed can be serviced on schedule at Brake World. The bearings are removed, cleaned and inspected. If the bearings are still good, they're re-installed – if not, they're replaced. They are then packed in grease and a new seal is installed.
If your vehicle has a factory sealed wheel bearing assembly, the entire assembly needs to be replaced when trouble arises. Unfortunately, the parts are pretty costly – but they usually last about 150,000 miles (240,000 kilometers) as long as the seals hold up.
Now, even a good seal cannot keep out water that's exerting pressure on the seal. So if you've driven through hub-deep water, your bearings should be cleaned and repacked if they're serviceable. If you have factory sealed bearings, you just need to watch for signs of premature failure. If your wheel bearings can be serviced, your manufacturer's owner's manual will recommend an interval, usually around 30,000 miles (50,000 kilometers).
If you have any sort of trailer, don't forget its wheel bearings. They probably need to be serviced even more frequently. This is especially true for boat trailers that are used to launch the boat by backing it into the water. These should be serviced every year, usually at the end of the season so that the bearings don't have the opportunity to rust all winter.
So what happens to Royal Palm Beach vehicles if wheel bearings fail? Well, the wheel can literally fall off the vehicle. I don't need to tell you how that could be. So check with your service advisor at Brake World and see if your vehicle's wheel bearings can be serviced and when it's recommended. Listen for warning signs. If you've been fording streams or puddle surfing after rainstorms, be especially vigilant.
Visit the automotive professionals at Brake World for a wheel bearing inspection.
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I went there for the first time today for an air conditioning repair. I found them to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Rather than just taking my money for typical air conditioning service and freon, they diagnosed my car first at length and found that a small part was broken and needed to be replaced. That was the root cause of losing freon. The place I went to last year just took my money and it only lasted about eight months before I needed to service it again. I've had many bad experiences at other local chain repair shops. I'm actually looking forward to using Brake World for my other car in the near future. Obviously, I highly recommend this establishment.
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We found these guys by chance when we moved down here in 2014 when my vehicle desperately needed a complete brake job. They gave us great customer service with a great price. They have worked on both of our cars ever since even if it's just an oil change. They stand behind their work as we have experienced on several occasions. I will continue using them for all our aotomotive needs and we highly recommend them.
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Great Experience! I felt both my Jeep and I were well cared for! The guys at Brake World, 1213 N. St. Rd-7 in Royal Palm are honest, friendly, and provided a reasonable estimate. My brake needs were extensive, because my 1995 Jeep Wrangler is a real rust bucket underneath, and I knew it was going to be pricey beforehand. I felt the estimate was fair, and my Jeep was ready when projected. Everything was severely corroded, and needed to be replaced completely. Turn around was faster than I guessed it would be (less than 2 days). Because of the overall poor condition of my Jeep due to age & rust, the technician noted and suggested additional repairs, which Eli explained over the phone. I felt the integrity of my Jeep, and MY best interests were important to these guys. The overall experience was very impressive! Well done guys, thank you for all your hard work!
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My wife and I have had our vehicles maintained and serviced by Brake World Royal Palm Beach since they opened (originally on Southern Blvd) and can't say enough good things about owners Motey and Miriam. They are both very honorable people who really care about doing the right thing for their customers, we've experienced this first hand on more then one occasion. In all the years we've worked with them we've found them to be responsible, courteous, very fair and most importantly a very knowledgeable service center thanks to Motey, which is the one thing we all want but don't always get from other mechanics.
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I have been going to Brake World to get oil change for many years. I also got new brakes there. Eli and the owner are always so helpful and kind. I feel super comfortable going there. I always recommend this place to my friends when they ask me where I take my car for oil change. I really like Brake World!!
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Lamont M. Sr.
Brake World has been taking care of all my cars since 2006, I recommend this automotive car company to anyone who is in the Palm Beach County area. Talking about customer service, the best I have ever been around and I am in the customer service business. The people there at Brake World go above and beyond the call to ensure that all your needs are met; and at the best prices in town. My only goal is to tell everyone else that when it comes to car care, Brake World is your place. Brake World of Royal Palm Beach is the most trusted group of people I have experienced in my over 30 years of driving, you guys rock! Royal Palm Beach resident of over 10 years, and loyal customer!
I have used Brake World for all of my auto needs for the past nine years. They have always been reasonably priced and have never tried to over sell. They stand behind everything they do and go out of their way to make sure you are satisfied. I have recommended them to many people and they have all thanked me.
I am forever thankful to my friend Larry for introducing me to Brake World. They have always gone that extra mile for me. I can't tell you how many times I've come and they say no charge for something minor. I moved and still will not go to another place to take care of my car. My son goes to school in Tampa and tries to coordinate his trips home with his oil change.
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Had the A/C evaporator go bad on our 2013 F-150. After bringing it to Ford we were quoted north of $1800 for the repair. We took it to Brake World on the suggestion of a friend and are happy we did! At first we tried to use an aftermarket part that would have saved us almost 50%, but given how this truck was configured, it would not have been a wise decision. We were told after they had a chance to look at the problem that given the complex make-up of the system for this model year it would be smarter to go with an authentic Ford part. Even with that we saved more than $500 over the dealership's best price. If price, competent service techs, and overall good customer service is important to you, don't look back, head to Brake World.
Came in for tire repair. Eli and staff fantastic. Speedy service and always honest. Have been using brake world for years. Life long customer!!!!
Today I went to get my brakes looked at. The staff was very attentive and quickly went to action taking my report of an issue very seriously. The issue turned out to be something very minor - a brake dust cover touching the rim - but very noisy. The issue was repaired in a matter of a minutes and I was off on my way. The brakes feel great.
I needed a Rack and Pinion system, and a new Alternator. I priced out this job with Tire Kingdom, Tire Plus, and Bill Tyson Auto repair. I chose Brake World on State Rd. 7/441, because you deal directly with the owner, Moty Morad. His price was the best of the 4 (and I compared specific apples to apples with each). He was excellent to deal with, and has a few very qualified mechanics. Bottom line getting a great price, plus the advantage of dealing direct with the owner is a win-win. Will be my new place to get all my auto services and repairs done.
I went to 3 different places to have my car repaired after we moved to South Florida and we were never happy with the results. We've taken our car for the last 6 years to Brake World and we are satisfied with the work and the service. Elie knows about cars and does not sugarcoat his opinion or recommendations for the necessary repairs. I trust their recommendations and the diagnostic associated with the problems. We haven't had a bad experience with Brake World of Royal Palm Beach so far and we hope it continues.
If you are looking for an honest mechanic (which is typically a complete oxymoron), look no further. We've been taking our cars here for 6 years for routine maintenance as well as large repairs. He was able to fix my husband's and my AC for a fraction of what other shops quoted us. I took my car in recently because I thought it needed a tune up. He told me that it needed nothing and didn't even charge us for looking at it. They deliver on promises to finish the car by day's end if they say they are able to do so. They have fair pricing, and always have coupons in the Val-Pak, etc. Don't take a chance on a dishonest or money centered repair shop. This is family owned and operated and they treat you with respect.
Chad E. B.
Went to two other places, they beat others by $100. I'm happy with the work as well (brake job).
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Honest, reliable, highly recommend! Fast, great prices and great service.
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