So, your car has a problem.

Front Wheel bearing, rear wheel drive, with ABS light & bearing noise.

What does this mean?

We're reasonably sure you have a front wheel bearing failure. The wheel bearings sit in the center of the wheel and makes sure the wheel spins freely. When the bearing becomes worn, the wheel is allowed to move left and right (move like you're turning the steering wheel). It's a small amount of movement, but enough to cause problems. The worn bearing is causing the constant noise. The traction control system has a sensor attached to each wheel. It monitors how fast each wheel is spinning. If one of the sensors shows a wheel is moving way too fast or way too slow, the computer thinks that tire lost traction (turning on the light and applying the brakes). Part of that wheel speed sensor is attached to the suspension and the other part is attached to the wheel, right after the bearing. When the bearing fails, the wheel moves enough that the car side of the wheel speed sensor can't "see" the wheel side. The sensor thinks the wheel suddenly stopped spinning. The engine computer thinks the car has lost traction. To fix the problem, you replace the wheel bearing. This is our best guess based on the information we were given. We are often right, but of course not 100% of time. A mechanic will need to inspect the vehicle to be 100% sure. Here is what will happen once booked: 1. The mechanic will inspect the vehicle and verify the issue. If correct, the mechanic will complete the repair. 2. If incorrect, The Car Savior will review the diagnosis with the mechanic and present you with a quote to repair the vehicle. 3. You can decide whether or not to move forward with further repairs. If you choose not to move forward, you will not be charged anything. Your payment will be refunded.

How urgent?

On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 7. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.

We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.

What happens if I wait?

The wheel bearing has already seriously deteriorated. Repairs will get more expensive by the day. We'd recommend getting it fixed within 1,000 miles to ensure it doesn't get too expensive.

How complicated is this repair?

This is how we score our difficulty.

  1. This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
  2. This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
  3. This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
  4. At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
  5. This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.
We rank this repair to be a

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