Will a bad wheel bearing cause a pull?

I’ve been noticing a grinding noise coming from my wheels, and today, I noticed my car’s been having a pull to it every now and then as I’m headed down the road. Will a bad wheel bearing cause a pull?

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Answer provided by
Melanie Mergen
Answered on May 11, 2022
Like many other car parts, wheel bearings will eventually wear out. When they do, you’re right: one symptom you might notice with a bad wheel bearing is that your car might pull to a certain side while you’re driving. Other signs a wheel bearing is going bad include:
  • Loose or difficult handling
  • Grinding or humming noises coming from your wheel (especially if the noise changes with your speed)
  • Vibrating or wobbling steering wheel
  • Uneven tire wear
Driving with a bad wheel bearing can have serious safety consequences, so if you suspect yours might have a problem, it’s best to have a mechanic take a look as soon as possible.
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