How to Check a Wheel Bearing in Your Car (Replacement)
How to Check a Wheel Bearing in Your Car (Replacement)


one, two, three, four! Rev up your engines! It’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel, if
your car is making a humming sound that gets louder the faster you drive, then
today’s your lucky day, because I’m going to show you how to tell if your wheel
bearings are bad, now in this case the noise is coming from the back, it sounds
like it’s behind me, so we’re going to Jack the car up in the air, now it sure sounds
like it’s coming from this wheel, so let’s pull on it, now unfortunately it
doesn’t have any play, it doesn’t wobble when I pull on it, but that doesn’t mean
that the wheel bearing isn’t necessarily bad, many times wheel bearings will start
to wear out and they won’t have any play but they start to make noise, so you have
to pull off the wheel and check them, now the wheel bearing is inside here, but we
have to take the brake off to access it so we’ll get a wrench a socket and a
hammer and whack off the brake, there’s two seventeen millimeter bolts on the
back, you just put this on, and hit it a few times, so you can take them off, and off it
comes, then just pull off the brake disc, and get a screwdriver and pop the
bearing cover off, then get a big socket and a cheater bar, that will fit over the
bearing bolt, and put it on and pull like mad, the off comes the whole bearing assembly, now if
you look closely inside this bearing assembly, you’ll see there’s little
flakes of metal here, the metal is the bearing wearing out so we know the
bearing is on its way out needs replacing, we should have seen just pure grease inside there but, since we see little
flecks of metal, we know the bearings coming apart and it’s time for a new one,
and in this case the new bearing comes as an entire assembly, the only thing we
have to change are the studs that hold it in, and the tone ring for the ABS, so
on the old hub we got a hammer out the studs, and change this tone ring for the
ABS, to get the studs off, you just screw one of the little bolt on and whack it a few
times, then you take out the bolt and there it is to use over, then we get a
drift chisel to hit the tone ring out, and off it comes, then you get to new
bearing assembly, put the ring on, and tap it back on, now these hub bearing assemblies come pre-greased, so you don’t need to do anything
except put them on, they just slide right on, then you put the bolts on, tighten it on,
and then with a drip chisel and a hammer, hit the little edges so it
locks into place and now comes the tricky part, you have to stick the studs back in, so
you get a stud and a larger bolt that will fit over it, and the regular bolts
that screw it in, then you put the stud in from the back, put the spacer bolt in,
and the regular bolt and tighten it up, then with your socket as you tighten
this up, it pulls the bolt in and holds it in place, once you get all the studs
on, put the brake disc on, then bolt the brake caliper back on, get it on nice and
tight, and don’t forget to tap the grease cover back on, then the tire goes
back on and we’re all done, and down the road we go with no more roaring sound
coming from the back, and remember if you’ve got any car questions just visit
scottykilmer.com and I’ll answer them as soon as I get back from this ride!

100 thoughts on “How to Check a Wheel Bearing in Your Car (Replacement)”

  1. Scotty Kilmer says:

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  2. ERROL DILLON says:

    Scotty, you’re the #1 mechanic on the internet. That’s my opinion. I don’t know what I would do without your wonderful information. Don’t you have to use a torque wrench on the nuts?

  3. CaptainUKnowWho says:

    You made that look way to easy. Thanks

  4. Jim Tadlock says:

    I’m probably not going to do this myself but it’s nice to know what it takes. Airborne!

  5. Extremetravis1 says:

    Would a bad wheel bearing cause my rear end to vibrate at higher speeds? My Dodge Ram van does so bad It's a message while driving.

  6. HEKTIK 600 says:

    I got mine replace on a 2004 mk4 golf, sounded like the front left bearing, but now its replaced the sound seems louder

  7. Martin Lefebvre says:

    Thx for the info Scotty

  8. Craig Johnson says:

    Let's get a beer man ! Love the channel

  9. Steven Kyle says:

    Thank you! Subscribed

  10. Garfit Gar says:

    Rusty wheel bearing and is it safe for driving

  11. Amber Nieves says:

    Is it dangerous to take a long drive with you Wheel bearing messed up???

  12. Charles Eby Jr says:

    About how much would it cost to replace rear wheel bearing in a 2002 Ford Explorer?

  13. El Titi says:

    Super!!! I'll be doing this instead of replacing the whole assembly.👍👍👍

  14. Vic Krue says:

    Much respect sir, but WHY do you keep calling the NUTS the BOLTS ?
    Surely you do know the difference between the two.

  15. Mandel Harvey says:

    Excellent video Scotty. Thank you.

  16. J GRM says:

    Mr. Kilmer,
    Do you believe in vehicle's specs? Just an observation.

  17. 568843daw says:

    Nice job! Great explanation and presentation. Say, when you replaced rear driver side, did you also replace the passenger side too? I learned that if one side goes the other is sure to follow.

  18. We Are Anonymous says:

    You're good

  19. Bimbola Olagbemi says:

    so, just to confirm understanding, the recommendation is to STILL remove the wheel bearing that is 'noisy' even if there is NO play when the free hanging wheel is 'rocked' (see at 00:50)??

  20. Ernie Perea says:

    Question, I hear a grinding noise only when in 4wd. Could this be wheel bearing or is that something you hear constantly?

  21. Jeremy H says:

    Whack off in the 1950s is different than whack off in the 2010s?

  22. Riley Grier says:

    You made that look so doable, THANKS SCOTTY!!!!!😎

  23. Baus From Space says:

    The problem that I have here is that the ring that goes around the wheel bearing is where play is coming from for me.. does that mean the ring is bad or is that normal for a bad wheel bearing?

  24. Mistah J says:

    My car makes a strange rubbing noise from underneath the front fender. Doesn't sound like metal to metal friction however. I looked underneath and nothing appears to be scraping together. I notice when the car is jacked up I will spin the wheel and it doesn't make any noise but only when the full weight of the car is applied. I primarily hear the scraping noise when the wheels are pointed straight forward and occurs more frequently as the car moves faster. Wheels are factory size and the tires are in good shape. I'm completely baffled.

  25. Emmanuel Tugara says:

    What happens if you dont change them

  26. Leri Khomasuridze says:

    Well, my 2001 Dodge Stratus has that humming sound from behind and I bought Mevotech assembly. It was cheap. When I unboxed it I saw it was made in China. Hope it will last even for a year.

  27. Richard Lee Tulio says:

    Mr Scotty no need to Torque those Nuts..?

  28. A Physics Professor says:

    Last time I helped change a wheel bearing my brother-in-law pulled out the air hammer, 5 pound sledge, torch, and some grunt work. Wonders of living in the north. You just tug and off it comes in Texas.

  29. Street 101 says:

    Ur videos have been helping me fix my families trucks and cars for years! Thanks scotty. Ur videos really help

  30. luigi says:

    Whackoff the brake🤣

  31. jimbob1096 says:

    Nice and to the point.

  32. Kurtis Cal3msetccdwell says:

    don't put lugs on with impacts. Too many people cross thread those things with the impact. use the tire tool so that if somebody gets a flat they don't have to fight the impact wrench. it's like an oil filter. some things are better done gently.

  33. chek pierce says:

    I'm having a clunking noise along with the humming noise coming from the front end on a 98 Toyota Avalon. When I turn right, all of the noise stops. Gets louder when turning left. But the noise is consistent when going straight and gets faster as I accellerate. Can this be a wheel bearing issue? I wasn't sure if a really bad wheel bearing could cause a thumping noise that I can feel in the accellorator.

  34. Vahagn melikyan says:

    Which grease is the best product for bearings. I'm researching can't figure what to buy. I have a grease gun need a 14oz cartridges, not sure what to buy for dusty, high temperature, vigorous environment grease.

  35. The BlackBox Pocast show says:

    what's the procedure for a front wheel bearing , with rear wheel drive (2014 Camaro ss )

  36. Bubba Wayne says:

    Great job dude

  37. J H says:

    And that's how you do that! Thank you

  38. bravo company10 says:

    Scotty told us to whack off!

  39. TheSpiral01 says:

    Hey scotty, nice video, quick question,will a new weel bearing slide into a new hub without a press on an altima 1999, thanks in advance?

  40. Dillon Mccray says:

    You should make a video about how not to use an impact to tighten your lug nuts lol

  41. HID Upgrades says:

    Scotty, how can you tell the difference between a bad wheel bearing and a cv axle going bad?

  42. Hair Razor Detox says:

    3:20 this tip gets thumbs up

  43. Joshua Christner says:

    Hey said whack it off😄

  44. Cass Karo says:

    Video is ace

  45. S/V Karen Anne says:

    I used a hammer and whacked off the brake but now it doesn't fit anymore. Lol

  46. chris h says:

    Video of the noise would of been good

  47. Gary Gorospe says:

    What if u hear humming but then it goes away?

  48. Shuffle3956 says:

    I miss these DIY vids on this channel

  49. Aabhas Pandit says:

    Hello Scotty
    my Honda Civic is making bearing noise
    But not sure which wheel it is
    Please suggest how to find out ?
    Want to get it replaced

  50. Alan Peña says:

    You the man! 👌🏼

  51. R C says:

    Fantastic! Made it look easy

  52. Joshua Rayborn says:

    Wack off the brake

  53. Guillaume Laflèche says:

    Scotty's probably my top advisor when it comes to mechanics. It makes me nervous to see him leave his leg under the rotor, though, because I don't entirely trust jacks.

  54. chachee15 says:

    if a bearing is bad would it cause your engine to work harder? Would it slow your car a bit? Would it cause the steering wheel to pull to that side?

  55. Rubeen Sharma says:

    @0:03 he is so happy to get all the subscribers. lol.

  56. 1995dresser says:

    What no torque wrench to torque the axle nut ????  yeah just use a big breaker bar and tighten it as much as you can and do the job over again in another hundred miles .

  57. Darren Pea says:

    Wish he did diy stuff again

  58. mario9587 says:

    I have a 2015 Corolla and it’s eating my front drivers side tire. I felt play. Took it all apart and didn’t see any play anywhere (tie rods, ball joints) but around the hub. I tightened up the axle nut but still has play. Could it be the wheel bearing?

  59. Brandon Howell says:

    Whacking the rear brakes is not always as easy as he makes it look.

  60. The Great One says:

    I'm not whacking nothing off unless it's mine

  61. EATSLEEPDRIVE2002 says:

    This guy knows a heck of a lot… Except for the difference between nuts and bolts! It drives me insane

  62. Vaquero 357 says:

    Hi Scotty…front wheel bearing is bad on my 03 camry. is it possible to replace the front wheel bearing without removing the knuckle from the car? Ive heard some say yes and some say no. I have a wheel bearing too kit to press it in with.

  63. Jakob Johnson says:

    Nothing feels better than knowing how to make your own repairs–thanks, Scotty!

  64. BERTO G says:

    🤣🤣 love this guy!!!

  65. የጊኖን አገረ ጦቢያ says:

    Come on how came every thing easy like that ?

  66. eaglei22 says:

    Don't forget about torque specifications. I am a huge advocate of torquing to the manufacturer specifications.

  67. eaglei22 says:

    How many miles were on that wheel hub going bad? I had a wheel hub go bad around 85k.. It made a whirring noise/vibration type sound.. I changed that one and have practically driven another 80k with no issues on the others. Is there a certain amount of mileage where you should change these out for safety? I would rather not change unless needed, but some online searching said they last 100-150k.

  68. Forest Anderson says:

    HEY, Scotty you put the tire on upside-down 😁😁😁😁lol

  69. Ali Haidar says:

    On my father's car the driver side bearing has play in it and the passenger side has no play but makes a clicking sound when turned by hand. Are they both bad?

  70. goawaken afriend says:

    it is 2019 and i can not get genuine ford wheel bearings for my UK ford fusion.
    i have fitted quinton hazel front bearings then they went crazy and my wheels were steering all over. then now i have installed SKF front wheel bearings and now they are rubbish. i just want genuine ford fusion front wheel bearings but the idiots at the local ford part supplies is telling me they can not get me a genuine item and keep trying to sell me SKF bearings.
    i just want genuine bearings, why wont ford sell me genuine front wheel bearings? the original bearings lasted one hundred and fifteen thousand miles.
    the quinton hazel lasted 300 miles and now these SKF bearings are causing steering play.

  71. FuckOuttaHere says:

    101st airborn

  72. Abdullah Albayrak says:

    Hello scotty
    Hope you and your family are ok.
    I got Mercedes e350cdi 2016 only done 13500 miles when im driving from rear noise like humming and gets more and more mercedes dealer told me i got bend disc at rear im not mechanic i said if will fixed please change it. 🤪 they did quote me a lot of money and i asked where i live local garage could you please check if thats right and they said yes can be abd they did change the discs and pads at rear but problem still carrys on!!! Do you think i can leave with the noise or should i ask local mechanic to change wheel bearings?
    Thank you Scotty waiting to hear from you. Look after yourself.

  73. Jose Ventura says:

    Very easy to understand his videos, makes it seem easy to do.

  74. EliteStricker says:

    Wish I saw this video before
    My front passenger hub assembly and bearings are bad. Theres a wire hanging out. Heard same roaring noise, sounded like driver side, but it was the passenger side
    I guess it was bad a few days because two days in a row while on cruise control, my abs and traction control would go off.

  75. alpo martinez says:

    My dude thanks for the help.

  76. HEK says:

    2006 sts front wheel assembly please🤯cant seem to find any scotty.

  77. Nicolas Rodrigue says:

    Hello Scotty i had a noise in the front of my 03 corolla 235K km on the odometer. I was planing to change tires and front struts and link kit and get it aligned. After work done the front right wheel still have a loud noise at 90km/h (55mph). What can be wrong ? I had a bearing changed on the driver side few months ago and the noise was not speed specific. Can it still be a bearing problem? Thanks !

  78. Ronnie Lopez says:

    Absolutely great video! Thank you Mr. Kilmer.

  79. Doomzdayxx says:

    wow no rust on anything what a dream

  80. Viscious Hattermaid says:

    My rotor is wobbly does that mean it is worn out by the stud holes? Or can it be the wheel bearing? When car is on jack stands I can wobble the rotor at 3 and 9 and 12 and 6 etc but the caliper doesn’t budge any help appreciated

  81. Darrell Bottoms says:

    My question is i only hear a roaring sound when i turn to the right in certain curves.just put on a new outer tie rod i have no clue what it could be.

  82. Will Arnold says:

    Learn the difference between a bolt and a nut.

  83. Shot By YBSB says:

    I replaced the rear hub barring and now I hear a creepy sound that’s not normal I have the sound if anyone wanna hear it.

  84. Greg Litrell says:

    How long can u drive with a bad barring

  85. Chris Cogan says:

    Scotty, I really need help!!
    I'm trying to replace the hub assembly on my Mitsubishi L200.
    Managed to get all the bolts undone but the old hub is stuck fast in the holder knuckle.

    How do I free it up?? I've tried hammer and chisel, penetrating spray, but no luck it just won't budge

  86. Bo Veston says:

    Scotty, you're a life saver, my friend! I owe you one. Your videos always help me tackle the hard auto repair jobs that I get roped into. Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks with the rest of us. I really appreciate what you do, brother. Godspeed.

  87. Ismael Anciado says:

    Hi sir does damage wheel bearing hub may cause uneven tyre wear?

  88. Alyss Matlock says:

    This guy is trash. Looks like he got his car parts from the dollar store judging by his looks. He looks cheap

  89. King Freedom says:

    Love it

  90. King Freedom says:

    Do they have that assembly for a Pontiac Vibe 2005??

  91. Extremerecluse Fallows says:

    Leave the abs ring off. Worst invention made for automobiles.

  92. Sun Lite says:

    Bad bearings rumble. To double check before removing wheel spin and listen for rumble. Great advise Scotty.

  93. Sun Lite says:

    Scotty need advise. 2003 Corolla 140 mi. Tried bounce test front and rear and Corolla hardly moved??? Found boots on the struts had deteriorated and need replacing. Diagnosis?

  94. David E says:

    1:30 😃

  95. Malachis Grace says:

    You and humble mechanic have inspired me to go to tech school. 3 months in. You rock!

  96. gunfire tasarra says:

    Sir ford focus 2013 aventie wheel bearing.. can you give me the size tnx

  97. Ben Rice says:

    Use a torque wrench for the lugs, not an impact. You can warp your rotors.

  98. alberto ascari says:

    Scotty makes it look so easy he makes you want to pick up your wrench and have ago. Nice and simple to follow. I had been leaving off fixing that noisy wheel bearing for months lol!

  99. Jason C says:

    Simply amazing !!! I love how its real world repairs no Hydraulic press that not everyone has
    Thank you 🙂

  100. J. M. says:

    So Scottie did you eventually get a new leg cuz somehow the Hydraulic Jack fell down and crushed your ankle and I have a limp foot. Certainly it wouldn't teach you that in the Airborne

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