How do I know if my bike bearings are bad?
Worn out or dry bearings will feel rough, metallic and dry. Sometimes they’re so dry that if you pull your finger fast across the axle you can make the axle keep spinning because there’s no grease inside the bearings to slow it down.
When should I replace my bike bearings?
If there are any spots of real resistance or bumps, the bearing has likely pitted (eaten into) the bearing race. If this is the case then a replacement is needed. Likewise, if you can move the inner race laterally (in and out of the hub) then the bearing probably requires replacing.
What does a loose wheel bearing sound like?
The classic sounds of a bad wheel bearing are cyclic chirping, squealing and/or growling noise. You can also tell that the sound is related to wheel bearings if it changes in proportion to vehicle speed. The sound can get worse with every turn, or it can disappear momentarily.
How much does it cost to replace a wheel bearing?
The average cost for wheel bearing replacement is between $326 and $367. Labor costs are estimated between $157 and $198 while parts are priced at $169. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific vehicle or unique location. Related repairs may also be needed.