Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire
Re: How bad is a rear wheel bearing problem?
Had the same problem from a front wheel on my 156 TS. Finally found it after changing the tyres from advice on this list! (But the new Michelins are much better than the old P6000s, so thanks anyway!).
It was a bearing. Alfa spares replace the hub assembly, not just the bearing, and it cost about £225 fitted... the spares were under £100 I think, and I doubt it's a difficult job.
Rear bearing set up may well be different and cheaper as someone else has reported.
If it makes you feel better I drove on it for about 3000 miles, and it didn't get significantly worse... but it's probably not a good idea. I'm sure it will make a lot more noise before it falls apart... wheel bearings, in my experience, seem to carry on working while screaming away for a long time, and I doubt that even Alfa design the wheel so that the bearing is the only thing stopping it falling off. If the bearing were to completely break up, the wheel would get wobbly, but I doubt it would leave the vehicle. Might still not be much fun in the outside lane of the M4 though.
Moral of the story... get it checked and fixed, but don't panic. If you can't hear it in the front it's got a long way to go!
Last edited by Stewart156; 22-12-05 at 10:44.