Why do I hear a squeak or chirping noise from the wheel bearings while driving?

Steve Mowat

Steve Mowat

Steve Mowat, Owner of Avantgarde Automotive, began as a BMW apprentice in 1997, then excelled at McLaren and Mercedes-Benz. In 2009, he founded his business.

Having a Mercedes Benz is a symbol of elegance and performance. However, even the finest vehicles may encounter some issues. One common problem Mercedes owners face is a squeaking or chirping noise coming from the wheel bearings while driving.

Identifying the source of the squeak or chirp

When you hear an unusual noise, it’s essential to diagnose the problem correctly. Here are some pointers to identify if it’s indeed your wheel bearings:

  • Noise changes with vehicle speed
  • The sound becomes louder during turns
  • The sound may come and go

Common causes of wheel bearing noise in Mercedes Benz models

Here are some specific examples of problems with certain Mercedes Benz models manufactured in the last 10 years:

  1. Mercedes C-Class (W204): Premature wear of the front wheel bearings, causing a humming or growling noise
  2. Mercedes E-Class (W212): Inadequate lubrication leading to bearing wear and noise
  3. Mercedes GLC-Class (X253): Defective wheel bearing seals, resulting in water and dirt ingress

Tips to resolve the problem

Armed with the knowledge to pinpoint the issue, follow these detailed tips to resolve it:

Inspect and clean the wheel bearings

Gather these tools and parts:

  • Jack and axle stands
  • Socket set
  • Torque wrench
  • Bearing grease
  • New wheel bearings (if necessary)

Follow these steps:

  1. Safely raise and support the vehicle
  2. Remove the wheel and brake assembly
  3. Remove the wheel hub and bearing assembly
  4. Clean and inspect the bearings for damage and wear
  5. If necessary, replace the bearings (part numbers vary depending on the model)
  6. Apply a generous amount of bearing grease
  7. Reassemble the components, torque them to the manufacturer’s specifications

Schedule regular maintenance

Proper maintenance is crucial to avoid future issues. Book a Mercedes Servicing appointment with Avantgarde Automotive to ensure your vehicle remains in top condition.

Preventing wheel bearing noise

Prevention is always better than cure. Follow these tips to keep your wheel bearings in optimal condition:

  • Regularly check for play in the wheel bearings
  • Keep your vehicle’s alignment in check with 4-wheel alignment services
  • Avoid overloading your vehicle

It’s important to remember that these tips and advice are just that; they do not guarantee success and cannot be held accountable for incorrect or out-of-date information.

Ready to eliminate that pesky wheel bearing noise?

Take action now to ensure a smooth and quiet driving experience. Your Mercedes Benz deserves nothing less.

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