Can you drive on a bad wheel bearing?

My friend who’s now a mechanic said I might have a problem with a wheel bearing on my car. Can you drive on a bad wheel bearing?

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Answer provided by
Melanie Mergen
Answered on May 13, 2022
You might be able to drive with a minor wheel bearing problem for a short time, but you shouldn’t do so indefinitely—in most cases, it’s unsafe. Ignoring the problem too long can have serious consequences, including one of your wheels stopping without warning while you’re driving.
Signs a wheel bearing is going bad include:
  • Loose or difficult handling
  • Grinding noises coming from your wheel
  • Vibrating or wobbling steering wheel
  • Uneven tire wear
If you suspect there may be a problem with your wheel bearings, you should have a mechanic take a look at the problem as soon as possible.
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