Trying to get my bearings, so to speak
November 28, 2011 8:24 AM Subscribe
What do I need to know about "bearings" in my car? I don't know anything about "bearings" in my car.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to Grab Bag (18 answers total)
Clueless car owner asking: A friend observed that I need to have my bearings looked at. He noticed a low "wum wum wum wum" sound when I drive, a sound I've been hearing for months and never thought anything of it. He told me the bearings are part of the wheel, and mentioned that it's not really something that should be delayed. That's all I know and I'm asking here because I'm rather embarrassed to ask ignorant questions in real life.
So on a basic level, what are these bearings for? What could have gone wrong with them? Can they be repaired, or would a full replacement be needed? How much money should I expect to pay for the work? What are the risks if I do nothing right now (money being very tight)? What symptoms should I look for to know if the situation is worsening or becoming dangerous? Also, could anything else besides bearings make a sound like that (in case my friend is wrong)? The noise appears to be coming from the rear of the vehicle.
No idea if this makes a difference, but the car is an AWD Subaru Forester and I'm in the USA.