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Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Wheel Hubs and Bearings

Keeping your Silverado 2500 well-maintained and serviced will help it have optimal performance and a longer life. One of the most often overlooked aspects of a truck is the hubs and bearings. These parts are important to your brakes, suspension, and your steering abilities.

What is the function of a hub assembly?

Your vehicle's tires are moved by the energy produced by the engine. They are attached to the steering mechanism to give you control with your steering column. Even if every other part of your Chevrolet vehicle is working up to par, a faulty assembly can significantly decrease how it drives.

A wheel hub is where the wheels of your vehicle are mounted. It is a metal part with metal studs. Inside, you will find the wheel bearing, which also supports the lugs. Together, these parts allow for a free-spinning tire while it is still connected to your Silverado.

What causes assemblies to fail?

In most vehicles, the hub itself does not fail. Rather, the wheel bearings inside fail. Failure can be related to age, normal wear and tear, or debris, water, and dirt accumulating through a broken seal. Keep in mind that because your ABS sensor is located within the hub, if it fails, you will need to replace the entire assembly in most cases.

How do you know the hub assembly needs replaced?

As with other parts of your car or truck, pay attention to how your Chevy drives, the noises that it makes, and how it feels to drive it. There are several signs and symptoms you should be aware of that indicate your Chevrolet Silverado 2500 wheel hubs and bearings may need to be replaced.

  • Grinding noise: If you notice a grinding noise coming from a wheel, it may be time for a new hub assembly. This is usually the first symptom and gets worse if your turn your Chevrolet Silverado toward the side of the failing hub assembly.
  • Vibration: It may feel like you are driving on a rumble strip when your hub assembly starts to fail. Similar to the noise you will hear as you drive, the vibration will usually increase with speed and when turning.
  • Reduced control: Some Chevy drivers will notice that their steering column seems to feel loose when the hub assembly needs to be replaced. This can affect driving ability, so the hub assembly should be replaced as soon as possible to ensure safety on the road.