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How Long Do Wheel Bearings Last?

Feb. 10, 2022

Wheel Bearing


Wheel bearings are low-maintenance parts, but that doesn’t mean they last forever. So, what does a wheel bearing actually do? How long does it last? And how can you help extend its lifespan?


What is a wheel bearing? And what does it do in a car?

A wheel bearing is a crucial part of the wheel assembly that connects the wheel and the axle. It is a set of steel balls (ball bearings) or tapers (tapered bearings), held together by a metal ring. It enables the wheel to rotate smoothly with a minimum of friction. Wheel bearings are safety critical components designed to sustain radial and axial loads caused by gravitation, acceleration, breaking & cornering forces, so they need to be replaced when they stop working properly.


How long does a wheel bearing last?

Wheel bearings have an average lifespan of 136,000 to 160,000 km (approximately 85,000 to 100,000 miles). This is only a rule of thumb though, the actual lifespan of a wheel bearing depends on the quality of the wheel bearing and the operating conditions.


Why do wheel bearings fail?

The main reasons that a wheel bearing fails are:


What are the symptoms of bad wheel bearings

The symptoms of bad wheel bearings include:

How Much Does a Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost?

The cost of a front wheel bearing replacement varies greatly among vehicle applications. Typically an estimate on a front wheel bearing repair for a domestic front-wheel drive car will be from $250 to $400.

Asian imports in the years 1980s to early 2000s would be pricier at $300 to $400 because of a two-piece hub and bearing design that will require higher part and labor costs. Modern rear-wheel drive light trucks carry a price of a front wheel bearing replacement of $300 to $400. European imports generally will estimate at a $400 — $600 replacement cost because of parts costs being higher.

Rear-wheel bearing replacements are a different story. Front-wheel drive vehicles have rear bearings that are not connected to the axle and drivetrain mechanism. They are easily replaced as a bolt-on assembly and estimate at $100 — $200 in most applications. Rear-wheel drive vehicles such as light trucks have wheel bearings that are pressed fit to the rear axle housing or onto the axle themselves.

Repairs on rear-wheel drive bearings require more extensive labor time because of extra steps that are involved in the process. Many Toyota and Nissan light trucks can estimate out at over $1,000–1,200 for rear axle bearing replacements.

What are the risks of driving with bad wheel bearings?

It's very rare for wheel bearings to fail immediately and completely after you notice the first symptom(s).

Having said that, it is best to avoid driving with a worn wheel bearing for any length of time. As we've already seen, the wheel bearing is essential for connecting your wheel to your car, and any weakness in this connection could have severe consequences for your drive-axle and steering assembly – as well as for your safety.

Wheel BearingReplacing your wheel bearings

Despite the fact that modern wheel bearings are easier to install than previous generations, correct installation, the usage of appropriate tools and respecting the specified torque values are still essential for maximum performance, durability and safety. Therefore, we recommend having your wheel bearings fitted by a professional mechanic that has the skills and the tools to do the job.  


Quality replacement parts

When replacing your wheel bearings, it is essential to look for high-quality parts. MOOG offers a complete range of easy to install, premium quality, long-lasting wheel end bearings that are engineered, manufactured, tested, and validated to OEM standards for maximum performance and durability.

Longfei Bearing has more than 20 years of experience in automobile bearing design and manufacturing, which can meet the most stringent requirements of customers. Products through ISO/TS16949, ISO9001, THE EU CE certification, and other certificates, won domestic and worldwide customer recognition. The initial design concept of the plant was to produce bearings of high quality and performance based on the following core principles.

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