Your car's wheel bearings do just what their name implies. They bear the weight of the car, as well as the brunt of the rotation of its wheels around the wheel hub. As with anything that is subject to constant repetitive turning, they wear down over time. They also take a lot of abuse from rough roads, potholes, and the lateral force involved in turns. And while some automotive components may simply go with a whimper, unbeknownst to the driver, wheel bearings trumpet their near demise, and demand to be replaced.
At first, they may start to squeak when you apply the brakes. If ignored, the squeak will become a loud squeal emitted whether your foot is on the brake pedal, or not. As if this were not enough of a warning, drivers who choose to soldier on, hoping it will go away, will eventually notice that their car ride becomes increasingly shaky the faster they go. At this point, they are facing one of two disastrous situations, the wheel may seize up while the others are turning, causing them to lose control, or it may simply fall off while driving — equally disastrous. If you live in Sioux Falls SD or any of the surrounding communities, hopefully, you will bring your vehicle into Vern Eide Mitsubishi long before matters have escalated to this degree.
If you bring your automobile in at the first sign of trouble, one of the qualified Vern Eide technicians will check for wear on a number of parts including brakes, tires, wheel arms, and tie rods to pinpoint the source of the vibration and noise. If they confirm it is indeed the wheel bearings, they will get to work, using state-of-the-art tools and following the prescribed Mitsubishi protocol.
In short order, the technician will remove the tire, rotor, and hub; place the hub in a large press to pop out the old wheel bearings and replace them with the new ones. In replacing them, he will exercise care to make sure they are precisely placed in the hub in order to seat their rear surface at the right point. This is very critical since they need to be inserted tightly enough to keep out road dust and water. Lastly, he will take the vehicle for a test drive to make sure the ride is smooth and all's quiet on the western front.
The staff at Vern Eide goes out of its way with its amenities to not only service vehicles but to make their owners feel at home while they wait. And for those who must be off to work, they offer early bird drop-offs and pick-ups and drop-offs and pick-ups and shuttle service.