How to Repair a Loose Wheel Hub How to Repair a Loose Wheel Hub

What You'll Need
Two Cone Wrenches
Adjustable Wrench
Number of Professional

A loose wheel hub is very dangerous to drive on. As part of regular maintenance, your hubs should be checked at least twice a year. Fortunately, a loose wheel hub can be fixed easily in most cases.

Step 1 – Safety First

Inspect the hub for safety. Check the locknut and the drive side cone to ensure everything is tight. If not, tighten them up to ensure continued safety. 

Step 2 – Importance of Security

If the locknut and side cone come loose, the hub itself will self-tighten while in use, eventually ruining the hub. However, you do not want them to be too tight as this could cause problems as well.

Step 3 – Tighten

Using either your hand or a wrench, hold the drive side cone in place while using your other hand to secure the cone against the bearings. You don't want it to become too tight so tighten it all the way and then back it up about a quarter of a turn. Use your both of the cone wrenches to secure the locknut and cone. Then coat them with a liberal amount of grease. Once you have done this you will need to check to see if there is any play or binding. If there is not, then you are ready to hit the road.


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