If I have wheel bearing noise, is it safe to drive?

I’ve been hearing grinding noises coming from one of my front wheels. If I have wheel bearing noise, is it safe to drive?

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Answer provided by
Melanie Mergen
Answered on May 13, 2022
Hearing grinding noises from any area of your car can be alarming! Grinding noises or humming noises from your car’s wheel could be connected to a number of different causes, including wheel bearing problems—especially if you notice the sound changes in relation to speed. If there is a problem with your wheel bearing, it will be unsafe to drive it.
Other warning signs to watch out for with wheel bearing problems include:
  • Loose or difficult handling
  • Vibrating or wobbling steering wheel
  • Uneven tire wear
Ignoring the problem too long can have serious safety consequences, including one of your wheels stopping without warning while you’re driving.
That means that 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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