There are parts of a car that will always wear out with time no matter how sturdy a car is. Your Porsche ball bearings and other parts that are subjected to too much friction are good examples of such parts. Sometimes though, such parts wear out and fail shortly after replacement. One then wonders what went wrong. This usually happens due to a number of reasons. A good mechanic should be able to fix the problem once and for all. In case of your Porsche ball bearings, the failure could be due to any of the following reasons.
Always have your bearings installed by an expert. But how in the first place can one know if the bearings were or have been poorly installed? The car will feel twitchy from time to time, especially when driving on a wet road. It may also snatch a little to one side every now and then. Eventually, the bearing cap may fall off. This will force grease to spill out of the bearing. At this point, you won’t drive too far because your Porsche wheels will be dragging. The rollers in the bearing will have lost their case hardening and will be forced to wear down in diameter.
Driving Through Street Floods
Your wheel bearings are usually lubricated by the manufacturer. If they used a petroleum-based lubricant, expect pressure on the bearings anytime they get disturbed. That’s because wheel bearing seals are designed by experts in a way automatically expels pressure without interference. Unfortunately, the seals cannot stop water from getting penetrating through. This means you cannot drive through floods. Water will mix with the lubricant and make it ineffective. The only solution if your Porsche bearings have been through floods a complete wheel bearing replacement.
Driving On Rough Roads
This will only cause unnecessary pressure on the wheels. Driving over a pothole or a bumpy curb will force the ball bearings into the race. The car will end up with minor and small imperfections in the bearings. As you continue to drive with the imperfect bearings, heat will accumulate around the bearings. This will thin out the lubricant and create debris. Before long, the bearing will fail.
Bad Shock And Unbalanced Tires
The wheel system depends on the tire, wheel bearing, lower joint, lower arm, shock and the knuckle. The tires have to be balanced all the time. The shock on the other hand must be in good condition alongside the lower arm and joint. Unbalanced wheels will cause vibrations which will in turn affect handling, a setback that will hit hard and uncomfortable to drive. Added strain will also be placed on the bearings as well as the suspension.
Identifying A Faulty Bearing
Signs of faulty bearing vary. Some may be difficult to detect on time, leading to damage before you can take any corrective action. Noise is however, a classic sigh of faulty bearing. With that in mind, do not ignore clicking, popping and snapping sounds each time you drive. Be overly cautious too anytime you feel popping and grinding sounds as you take corners.