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How to Check the Rear Wheel Bearing

    • 1). Jack the rear wheel up. Check your car's manual for instructions on how to safely jack your car up.

    • 2). Hold the wheel with one hand at the 12 o'clock position and with the other hand at the 6 o'clock position.

    • 3). Rotate the tire counterclockwise. If there is any unusual noise or grinding resistance, your bearings may be damaged and in need of repair.

    • 4). With your hands in the same position, rock the tire back and forth with moderate force. There should be limited movement, or play. Too much play affects steering performance and is dangerous, especially when driving the car at high speeds.

    • 5). When you have sufficiently inspected the rear wheel for damage to bearings, lower the car jack and have the car serviced as soon as possible.

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