Dodge Wheel Hub Buyer's Guide
- Your Dodge wheel hub is a simple structure that’s made of metal and has metal studs on its surface. This mechanism allows the wheels to be mounted on your vehicle and keeps the wheels spinning on the bearing while keeping it attached to the vehicle.
- When there is a problem with the wheel hub assembly, the wheel hub itself isn’t usually the problem. Most often, the problem lies with the wheel hub bearings.
- The first thing you should do if you suspect that you have a faulty wheel hub is to perform a thorough diagnosis to make sure that it really is the cause of the problem.
- The price for Dodge wheel hub replacements can range from $15 to $640.
Today, Dodge is known for its line of performance vehicles. Their philosophy reflects their commitment to creating lifetime customers who trust and rely on their brand. As a Dodge vehicle owner, you may also be looking for the same level of excellence and reliability even in the replacement parts for your vehicle.
A vehicle’s wheel hub is an important component that’s regularly subjected to a great amount of strain. This short guide will help you look for the symptoms of a faulty wheel hub and what to do in case this component fails.
What is a wheel hub?
Your Dodge wheel hub is a simple structure that’s made of metal and has metal studs on its surface. This mechanism allows the wheels to be mounted on your vehicle and keeps the wheels spinning on the bearing while keeping it attached to the vehicle. The wheel hub is part of an assembly that includes the bearings, seals, and various sensors that keep the vehicle running smoothly.
Some vehicles have speed sensors and anti-lock braking system (ABS) sensors attached to the wheel hub assembly. ABS sensors work with the traction control system (TCS) of the vehicle to help the driver keep control of the vehicle while driving on slippery roads.
What causes a faulty wheel hub?
When there is a problem with the wheel hub assembly, the wheel hub itself isn’t usually the problem. Most often, the problem lies with the wheel hub bearings. These bearings can go bad due to age or due to the accumulation of debris. If it turns out that the issue is with the wheel hub itself, it’s usually due to the wheel hub losing clamp or the lug nuts not properly torqued in place.
What to do if you have a faulty wheel hub
The first thing you should do if you suspect that you have a faulty wheel hub is to perform a thorough diagnosis to make sure that it really is the cause of the problem. You can rely on repair guides, manuals, and other resources to help you address the situation if you’re a seasoned DIYer. Doing the repairs yourself will help you cut back on wheel hub replacement costs. However, if you’re not that confident with making repairs like these, you can always go to your trusted mechanic.
Signs of a faulty wheel hub
A faulty Dodge wheel hub is a safety concern. When the wheel hub or the entire assembly fails, your wheel and tires can lock up or come off. In some cases, you might lose control of your vehicle and this can lead to accidents and injury. Below is a list of some of the symptoms of a faulty wheel hub that you should look out for:
- Improper alignment of wheels
- Irregular tire wear
- Wheels are vibrating or wobbling
- Unusual noises like growling, snapping, clicking, or humming can be heard especially while making sharp turns
- Unusual pulsation or pull as the brakes are applied
How much is a replacement Dodge wheel hub?
The price for Dodge wheel hub replacements can range from $15 to $640. This component is sold individually or in sets of two to eight. Kits of 4 or 8 pieces are also available and can sometimes include tie rod ends or an entire wheel hub kit.
CarParts.com offers a wide variety of quality Dodge wheel hub replacements for a great price. Using the site’s vehicle selector tool, you can indicate the year and model of your Dodge so you can be paired with the component that directly fits your vehicle. You can also indicate your brand, location, and quantity preferences using the site’s search filter.
FAQs—Dodge Wheel Hub
- I was driving my Dodge truck to work yesterday when suddenly I can feel my brake pad getting in contact with the rotor without me stepping on the brakes. Is there a problem with my brakes?
When you press on the brake pedal, the caliper should press the pads against the rotor; that's how the brake system works. But, the pad should not come into contact with the brake rotor at any other time. This does not automatically mean though, that there is a problem with your brakes. Intermittent contact between the pad and rotor while you are driving is a sign that your Dodge wheel hub is bent and may need replacement.
- I know that one of the ways to distinguish a wheel hub problem is when there is noise coming from under the vehicle. But, how do I know that the wheel hub is what's really causing the noise?
Although you should not ignore new or unusual noises, diagnosing your vehicle's problems by sound alone is an inexact science and should not be taken as it is. It is true that a bad Dodge wheel hub assembly is usually indicated by noises from the area of the wheels; but, not all strange sounds from the wheels area are assembly-related or wheel bearing-related. It could be from a bad CV joint or brake-related. However, if you hear chirping, squealing or grinding sounds that have different intensities at different speeds and gets louder or softer when turning; you have to check the hub assembly and wheel bearings. These are common indication that there is indeed a problem with the hub. Another indication is when you hear a humming that comes when you drive and increases when you turn the steering wheel.
- I know that wheel vibrations or wobbles are also indicative of a bad wheel hub assembly or bearing. How do I check if indeed that is the problem with my Dodge truck?
Any signs of a “play” in the wheels should be checked immediately. Any degree of wiggle or movement in the tires is an indication that you will likely need to change your Dodge wheel hub bearing. Tires should have very little to no play. To check the bearings without taking off the wheels, you can use an auto jack and jack stands to raise the vehicles. Try shaking the wheels; if there is an excessive movement, your wheels have play and you need hub bearing replacement.
- I understand that one way or another, a vehicle part is bound to fall apart. However, I've read somewhere that wheel hub assemblies should last as long as the vehicle. What are the factors that contribute to a hub's early demise?
Technically, a wheel hub is designed to last the life of the vehicle. However, it can get damaged in different ways and fail. The most common cause of premature wheel hub and bearing failure is a serious auto accident. The hub assembly can also get damaged by hitting debris on the road and traversing roads with extremely deep pot holes.
- What does a damaged mounting plate means in relation to a vehicle's wheel hub assembly?
Your vehicle's wheel hub is mounted to the suspension system in the rear via four bolt holes. When the backing plate where these bolt holes are located gets damaged, the hub will also get damaged and you will need to replace it. It is dangerous to drive with a damaged mounting plate because the wheel is not held securely to the vehicle.