Front end bearing noise


#1

Got a 07 Tacoma with front end wheel bearing noise. How far can I push this and will it cause more money damage in the long run


#2

Will it cause…


#3

Nobody Knows
Yes

CSA


#4

Have you jacked it up & spun the wheel to listen/feel to verify it is the bearing? The last time I had a bearing noise in my front end - and it sounded just like a bad wheel bearing - it came from a shop not having tightened my lug nuts. Did you check those? How are the tires?

If it is a wheel bearing then you don’t mess with those - there’s no way to tell when you might get complete failure & complete failure is very bad - dangerous.


#5

It is impossible to predict how much longer you can go on like this, and it will get worse in fairly short order and can cause a lot of incidental damages, ranging from unusual tire wear to causing a serious accident when it fails completely. Total failure can come in the form of a wheel falling off or a wheel locking up, and neither will be pretty. The last time I had wheel bearing noise show up in one of my vehicles, I fixed it the same month it started, due to the safety factor and because I can’t stand to drive something that sounds and drives like junk.


#6

If the wheel stays on when the bearing totally fails, the locked up bearing can cause damage to the spindle/hub/knuckle. So not only do you have the failed bearing to replace, but also the damaged components from the failed bearing. Which costs more money.

Replace the bearing.

Tester


#7

That’s what I thought. I did jack it up an spin it with no noise. I took the wheel off also. I will probably replace both at the same time. Thanks for all the replys.


#8

If you have not inspected the tire tread wear pattern it’s also possible that an irregular wear pattern, if it exists, can mimic a wheel bearing noise.