What is a Hub Bearing?

The hub bearing is a crucial part of the wheel, made up of bearings, seals and sensors. It comes as a pre-assembled unit, which is then fitted when the wheel is removed. The function of the hub bearing is to provide a safe, smooth driving experience – if it’s loose, old or worn, you might notice things like bumpiness, an unusual noise, or your vehicle may be less fuel efficient. Hub bearings should always be checked at a service. If you think something is wrong, you can check them yourself. Access can be difficult and you will probably need to use specialist equipment such as a skinny socket wrench to reach them. As the hub bearing is one complete unit, if there are issues with the integral bearings that form...

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General Care Maintenance and What to Look Out For

We are always told that we need to keep cars in good condition, but in practice, what does this actually mean? Unless you are a car mechanic, you might find yourself wondering what you would notice if your car wasn’t in good condition and required some maintenance. This is a fair question – if nothing has ever gone wrong with the vehicle you are driving before, how do you know what to expect. When you drive a car day in, day out, you will get to know what it’s like. If you notice anything at all out of the ordinary, this could be a warning sign. Look out for the slightest thing, such as the steering feeling a little loose, or a slight crunching sound when you change gear. These...

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How do you Know Which Bearing to Buy?

Bearings are essential components in any car and if you need a new one, buying it can be easier said than done. There are so many different bearings on the market – how do you know if you need a contact ball bearing, a housed bearing unit, or a spherical plain bearing? You can easily buy bearings online but this doesn’t mean you will be able to find exactly what you need. If you have a problem with your vehicle, it’s worth talking to a mechanic and finding out the exact cause. It’s never a good idea to tamper with your vehicle yourself. If you need new bearings, the mechanic can either tell you what to order and how to fit it, or they can order parts in for you...

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Bearings for your Wheels – Quality Matters

As with anything to do with your vehicle, quality matters. This is no less true with your wheel bearings, which are a simple yet highly important component within your wheels. They hold everything together, ensure your car is running smoothly and make sure it is safe when you are on the road. You need to use high quality bearings if you want them to be safe. By choosing a higher quality, you will also be choosing components that are going to last you longer, so they are actually an investment for you. This means that you can afford to spend a little bit more on them, as you will get more out of them and you really do get what you pay for with cars. Order from reputable suppliers or,...

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ADAS and Headlights – Car Safety Features

Many top car brands are now offering advanced driver safety systems, or ADAS, on their vehicles. These are designed to make people safer on the roads, transforming the driving experience for everyone. Headlights are one of the latest areas to make use of ADAS, with various features coming onto the market. Headlights are usually manually controlled, but with an ADAS, they may be controlled automatically depending on road conditions. For example, they might get brighter on very dark stretches of road, or they might dim automatically if another car is in the vicinity, meaning the driver won’t be dazzled. This is all controlled by a camera, which will automatically update and control the vehicle. The main thing to remember with an ADAS is to look after it, as regular reconfiguration...

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