Common Signs of Honda Wheel Hub Problems
Most modern vehicles are now equipped with hub and bearing assemblies instead of the separate wheel bearing and wheel hub design. Hence, when there is something wrong with either the hub or the bearing, you just have to get a new assembly. This is actually more convenient and cheaper to replace than just servicing one part because there is no heavy duty pressing or special tools needed, which means there's no need for you to pay a hefty price at the shop. Nevertheless, it will be to your advantage if you can identify any Honda wheel hub and bearing problems before it can cause more damage. Read below for some of the common signs that you need to watch out for when it comes to your vehicle's wheel hub and bearing:
Noises coming from the wheel
Strange noises coming from the vehicle's wheels are obvious indications that there is something wrong with your Honda wheel hub assembly. These noises can vary greatly - from a low moan or hum to a constant chirping or squeaking to roaring sounds. You will notice that the sound changes depending on your vehicle's speed and whether you are driving straight or turning.
- Grinding sound when vehicle is in motion. This usually means a loss of integrity in the wheel hub bearing; it could be a roller or raceway damage. The noise is usually evident when turning or when there is a shift in load.
- Snapping, clicking or popping. When there is excessive wheel hub bearing endplay and inadequate clamping, you will notice these sounds. You will hear snapping, popping or snapping sounds when cornering or making sharp turns.
- Knocking or clunking. When you shift gears from changing directions, such as forward to reverse or accelerating, and you heard clunking or knocking, this means you have bad wheel bearings. This is not commonly associated with bearing problems though so you might also want to check your differential gears or CV-joints.
- Humming, growling or rumbling. When the wheel hub bearing is bad, you will notice some humming or rumbling sound when you are driving in a straight line. The noise will intensify when you make a turn or when the steering wheel is slightly turned to the left or right. The side opposite the rumbling noise is usually the defective one.
Uneven wear on the tires
One way to check if you are having problems with your Honda wheel hub assembly is to inspect the tires. Faulty wheel hub bearings can cause uneven tire wires. It's true that rotating the tires will help even the wear but bearing problems will cause noticeable uneven tire wears in no time. This usually happens when the bearings are loose or excessively worn; you should get a wheel hub assembly replacement as soon as possible.
Excessive play in the wheel
Another sign that a wheel hub bearing is bad is when there is excessive play in the wheel. You can check this by raising the vehicles and checking the wheels for movements. Simple grasp the wheels firmly and shake them. Move the wheels back and forth; any movement is an indication that your wheel bearing needs to be replaced.