FAQs—Nissan Wheel Hub
How do I know when the bearing in my Nissan wheel hub assembly is damaged or faulty?
Unfortunately, a faulty wheel bearing can be difficult to diagnose. Thus, damage can occur without the driver realizing until it is too late. However, there are symptoms that you can watch out for to know when you have a bad wheel bearing. First, your ABS sensor light will show you when it's time to check on the bearing. Another obvious signal of a wheel bearing problem is the noise coming from the wheel. The noise can be just a constant squeak or a low moan or hum. This sound will change depending on your car's speed and when you are turning. You have worn bearings when you hear a snap, click, or pop when cornering or turning sharply. When you hear a grinding sound, it means that your hub bearings need replacement.
I've read somewhere that another symptom of a bad wheel hub is a “play” in the wheel. How do I confirm that my vehicle has a degree of play?
A “play” in the wheel means there is a degree of wiggle to the tires and you feel it every time you drive. This is one of the indications that you need to have your Nissan wheel hub bearing replaced. Your tires should have very little to no play at all. You can conduct a little test if indeed your vehicle has some degree of “play” and you can do so without taking off the wheels. Just support the wheel using jack stands and try shaking the wheel you suspect to have a “play”. If there is excessive movement, your wheel indeed has a play and the hub bearing should be replaced.
How long does a wheel hub assembly typically last?
Your Nissan wheel hub assembly, as is with other vehicles, is designed to last for about 100,000 miles. This is the best case scenario, however, and may not be the case for all vehicles. There are other factors that come into play when it comes to the longevity of any given auto part. Everyday wear and tear, road conditions, and driving conditions are some of the things that can make your wheel hub assembly fail way before you hit the 100,000 milestone.
I may need to replace a wheel bearing; how much should I expect to spend on it? Do I need to take my vehicle to a mechanic or can I do the replacement myself?
The price for wheel bearing replacement in your Nissan wheel hub assembly may range from around $180 to $340 per wheel. If you are sure that only one wheel bearing is bad, you don't have to replace all the other bearings. But, there are cases when a vehicle has more than one problematic wheel bearings and you may have to replace all of them. DIY wheel bearing replacement depends on the kind of wheel hub assembly that you have. In some vehicles, a wheel bearing is bolted to the hub assembly (or knuckle) while others are pressed into the hub. Bolted wheel bearings are fairly easy to replace but those pressed in bearings need to be changed in a shop.