Getting a New Spindle Bearing for Your Vehicle
Just like the ball joint, the spindle can greatly affect the performance of the steering and suspension system of the vehicle. A bad spindle can lead to loss of steering control and can cause problems with suspension. You may also notice uneven tire wear such that tires have more tread on the inside than on the outside. Noise coming from the wheel or tire area is another tell-tale sign. If you hear grinding or popping as you drive down the road, check the suspension system. The problem may have something to do with the spindle or the spindle bearing. Once you've confirmed that all the troubles you're experiencing can be blamed on a damaged or broken bearing, start looking for a new piece. To help you out, here are some tips when shopping for a new spindle bearing for your vehicle:
Consider the item specs and other relevant details.
Before you go out there shopping for a new bearing for the spindle, get all the necessary details to find the right OE replacement. Take note of the application specs such as the location (e.g., front, inner and outer, or front inner) or any axle info. As you scroll through the options, check the product notes. This will give you an idea about other relevant product features and limitations.
Make sure that the bearing will fit.
A more detailed search will help you find a bearing that perfectly fits your vehicle's spindle specifications and requirements. Look for a bearing that fits perfectly and can be installed directly. Search for an OE replacement product that's designed for your vehicle. Don't just grab any piece of hardware that you can find.
Figure out whether you need a kit or just a single piece of spindle bearing.
Aside from checking the bearing for any damage, you should also take time to inspect the seals. You can easily buy a single piece of bearing for a specific application. But then, if the seals are also about to break or the race is already worn out, you can just get a complete kit. This will save you time and some money.
Always search for the best deals.
This bearing may cost anywhere between 12 USD to 30 USD. The price range depends on the brand, vehicle, design, and other specs. As you shop for a bearing replacement, try to look for a good product warranty. This helps ensure quality. Some manufacturers can offer a warranty coverage of 1 year or 12,000 miles.
See what else you need to get aside from the spindle bearing.
Even if the noise, steering problem, and uneven tire wear seems to be caused by a faulty spindle or broken spindle bearing, you should still take time to check other related parts to cross other possibilities. Aside from the bearing, seals, or race, you may also have to replace the axle shaft. Replacing just the broken bearing won't solve the problem if you fail to fix other issues or address the underlying cause.