On average, a single car is comprised of around 2,000 separate parts.with all these components working together to make the vehicle run. Some parts run the engine while some parts keep your cabin cool. However, the car is also made up of several components that help hold everything in place. One good example is the wheel hub. Attached to the steering mechanism of your vehicle, this component is where you mount the tires and rims. The wheel hubs of the vehicle hold them in place and connect them to the rest of your ride. Having bad wheel hubs in your car will cause you nothing but troubles on the road. So before anything serious happens, you'd better fix the glitch right away.
Diagnosing a Busted Wheel Hub
Here' are some ways on how you can find out if you have faulty wheel hubs in your system.
- Shake the wheels
- Spin the wheels
- Check the temperature
- Misbehaving wheels
- One for all, all for one
Hold the wheel of your car firmly with one hand at the top and the other at the bottom. Once you have a secure grip, try to shake and move the wheel. If it feels loose and moves right away, check the hub ASAP.
You can also try to spin it the wheel by hand, watching out for some friction and scraping sounds, which indicate a bad wheel hub.
You can also check your car's wheel hubs after driving around for around 10 miles. Feel the temperature of the hubs once you stop.if it's too hot, this may indicate a bad component.
You can also diagnose the wheel hubs by observing the behavior of your wheels. Bad wheel hubs will cause the wheels to pull or become less responsive every time you hit the brakes.
If you already have a busted hub in your vehicle, the other remaining hubs will most likely follow suite afterwards. When doing a checkup, it would be best to check all the rest.
Changing a Busted Wheel Hub
Here's a general guide on how you can replace the busted wheel hubs in your ride.
Step 1: Before you begin, make sure that the parking brake is engaged and put wheel chocks behind the rear wheels. After that, jack the front side of the vehicle up.
Step 2: When the car is up, remove the lug nuts of the front wheels so that you can remove the wheels completely. And as soon as they're out, put jack stands underneath your ride to secure it in place.
Step 3: Next, take the brake caliper mount out of the assembly and then take the rotor out from the hub and remove the castle nut that's connected to the axle shaft. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, you'll need to remove the wire from the wheel hubs.
Step 4: After that, remove the bolts at the back of the hub to remove the entire assembly.
Step 5: At this point, you can already install the new wheel hub and secure it by reinstalling the components that you took out earlier into their proper places.