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How much does Repacking Wheel Bearings Cost?
The wheel bearings fitted to your vehicle allow the wheels to spin freely on the suspension spindle.
To keep them lubricated, they are covered in special, high temperature wheel bearing grease, which needs to be replaced at certain intervals to keep the bearings cool and reduce wear.
Check and Repack Wheel Bearings
What is a Wheel Bearing?
A wheel bearing is made up of a hardened steel inner and outer bearing located inside the wheel hub.
These bearings are usually tapered roller bearings covered in a special high temperature wheel bearing grease to keep them lubricated and reduce wear on the bearing races.
A dust seal located behind the bearings prevents moisture and dust building up inside the bearings and grease.
Benefits of Checking and Repacking Wheel Bearings
- Increased fuel economy due to reduced friction
- Prevents bearing failure due to overheating
- Prevents moisture and debris damaging bearings and hubs
Symptoms of needing your Wheel Bearings checked and repacked
- Grease leaking from behind bearing caps onto wheel surface.
- Rumbling noise when driving that increases with speed
- Excessive play in steering wheel
How are Wheel Bearings Checked and Repacked?
The wheels are removed from the vehicle, and the bearings removed from the suspension spindle.
They are cleaned in a parts washer to remove any old grease and inspected for any damage.
New grease is added into the hub and pressed into the bearings before being reassembled. New dust seals are also fitted.
How often should I have my Wheel Bearings checked and repacked?
Most manufacturers recommend inspection and repack of wheel bearings every 30,000 – 45,000km, more frequently if your vehicle is used off road, especially if used for river crossings or travelling through mud.