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A wheel bearing is a group of ball bearings that enables a wheel to spin freely. The bearing fits snugly inside the hub of each wheel, and while it can withstand a lot of abuse, heat and water can cause severe damage. Most wheel bearings that are properly installed and cared for (regular inspection and grease) can last around 100,000 miles. But wheel bearing can suffer from neglect or damage from accidents and broken seals, and when they do it’s important to replace them. Failing to do so can cause further (and more expensive) damage to your drive axle and even result in your wheel completely detaching while you drive. Be on the lookout for the following signs of a broken or damaged wheel bearing.