Wheel Hubs & Bearings

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Wheel Bearings & Hubs

Find wheel hubs and wheel bearings here at GSF Car Parts. Wheel bearings and wheel hubs need to be strong enough to take on the impact of your driving. Over time, they are liable to wear and tear plus the accumulation of grease and grime, with the added issue of their exposure to water which can cause them to rust. So, it's important to regularly check your wheel bearings and their hubs and replace them every 85,000 to 100,000 miles.

We keep a vast range of quality wheel bearings and wheel hubs in stock. Simply type in your reg number or select your make and model from our search tool. Then, whether you drive an Audi S3 or a Honda Civic, you'll only see the best parts and tools for you.

You'll also find wheel bearing assembly kits that include the tools needed to change your wheel bearings and hubs, such as pullers and removal tools. Want to see more of our transmission stock? We have a huge variety to choose from including manual and automatic parts and accessories, plus products and kits related to the clutch.

What is a Wheel Bearing?

Wheel bearings are crucial for your driving experience. You'll find the wheel bearing in the wheel assembly system that connects the axle to the wheel. It can either be a set of ball bearings or tapered bearings, housed in a metal ring. It allows the wheel to rotate with a minimum of friction, smoothly and freely. 

They are engineered to be durable as they take a lot of stress from the acceleration, braking, and cornering of the car.

Why do Wheel Bearings Fail?

Wheel bearings can fail due to many reasons. You'll notice noises like humming, grinding or rumbling coming from the wheel bearing area and your steering might vibrate and feel loose.

Here is a selection of the most common reasons why wheel bearings fail:

  • General wear and tear - Wheel bearings will eventually wear out and should be replaced between 85,000 to 100,000 miles
  • Driving impact damage - Driving over potholes, speed bumps, and curbs can all damage the wheel bearing and reduce its lifespan
  • Poor installation - A wheel bearing that has been fitted incorrectly or a secondhand one has been used can cause them to fail prematurely
  • Modifications on your car - If you've had wider or larger rims fitted, stiffer shock absorbers and springs can put more pressure on the wheel bearings making them fail quicker
  • Road pollution - If you have poorly fitted or cheap wheel bearings installed, road pollution such as water, dust, grit, and other road surface contaminants can get into the wheel bearings and cause irreparable damage

Can you Drive a Car with Wheel Bearing Issues?

You can drive for a little while with failing wheel bearings but it is essential for driving performance and safety that you get them changed as soon as possible either by yourself or at your local garage. 

What does a Wheel Bearing Sound like when It's Failing?

You'll notice noises like humming, grinding or rumbling coming from the wheel bearing area and your steering might vibrate and be loose. In some cases, your ABS braking system might get damaged. 

What is a Hub on a Wheel?

The wheel hub assembly houses the wheel bearings, designed to attach your wheel to your car and is a primary component allowing the wheel to turn freely.  

Can you Drive with a Broken Wheel Hub?

No, it's dangerous to drive with a broken wheel hub. It might cause the wheel to stop suddenly. Not only causing a considerable amount of damage to your vehicle but cause an accident.

Shop Wheel Bearings and Hubs at GSF Car Parts Online and In-Store

All our wheel bearings and hubs are from trusted brands in the motoring industry, so you can count on them to be reliable and of excellent quality. Plus, our low-price promise means you can always expect great value too.

We offer free UK delivery on all online orders over £25, plus 60-day returns*. So, buy your wheel bearings and hubs from us with confidence today. Or if you’re close to one of our 180 store locations across the UK & Ireland, just drop by and our experienced staff will be able to direct you to the right part for your vehicle.