If you start seeing that your ATV wheel starts wobbling, then there is a very good chance that your wheel bearings are in trouble. Wheel bearing play a vital role in helping your wheels rotating freely and support the ATV weight too. If you want your ATV wheels to spin freely, the wheel bearings need to be in the best of shape. In this article, we’ll look at the average life of an ATV wheel bearing and how to keep it in the best condition.
How long do ATV bearings last?
Bearings are one of the most common items in an ATV to lose out its sheen and get ruined quickly. Hence, the bearings need to be checked very often. The life of bearings in an ATV largely depends on your riding style and location you ride. When you take good care of the bearings by greasing it often, then there are chances it will last almost 2-3 times than the current lifetime.
What are the symptoms of a bad wheel bearing?
If you wheel bearings get ruined, it certainly sends out some signals like the ones listed below:
- During sharp turns, when you hear a clicking noise, then it means that your bearings are gone bad or might be they were not correctly clamped.
- Bad wheel bearings also make some rumbling noises even when you are driving in a straight line. And you can notice the noise getting intensified when you slightly move to the left or right
- Another major indicator that you have a bad wheel bearing is when you put the brakes, your ATV pulls to one side. If the bearings are loosely clamped, it could cause to pull even after you applied the brakes.
- Wobbling tires indicate that your wheel bearings are in a pretty bad shape.
- the moment you notice that your tires have an uneven wearing, it is time to replace the bearings.
Why is it important to replace bad bearings immediately?
The ATV bearings play a huge role in keeping your wheels in the best condition and for providing a nice and comfortable ride. In case, your bearings go bad, then it certainly causes a lot of issues. It sends a lot of signals to the owner when they go bad, but still if the ATV is used, it will cause the knuckles to wallow, cause uneven wear in the tires. And if left unchecked for a long time, it could cause a lot of issues that could be very expensive to fix.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it ok to fix bearings in only wheel?
A: Yes, there is no problem in fixing bearings in a single wheel. Obviously, you are going to fix only the worn-out bearings and don’t want to replace the good bearings in the other wheel.
Q: How often the bearings need to be greased?
A: It mainly depends on the location you ride your ATVs. If you constantly ride on locations with water and mud, it is better to repack in just a few rides and see how the bearings hold up. This allows you to know how often you need to grease the bearings.