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I was told by a mechanic that my front wheel bearings of my Chevrolet Impala are going. Would it be possible to make a road trip of 200 miles without getting them fixed. The car does slow down when I make turns such as ramps and hard corners.

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Alisa, Worn out wheel bearings are a safety issue. If the wheel bearing fails while you are driving your whole wheel could come off. NOT GOOD! I would recommend that you have the wheel bearing replaced ASAP.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive Without seeing the car, I would say fix the wheel bearings before you go anywhere. On an impala, the bearing is part of the hub assembly. This is what connects your tire to the rest of the car. While its possible it would make the trip, if the bearing fails completely, while you are driving it may result in loss of control of the vehicle and leave you stranded.

Denise Koeth, Managing Editor at Tire Review Magazine Yes, we advise that you get them replaced. That is a long way to drive with a broken part. If it fails, you WILL be stuck on the side of the road.

Julie Scroggins, Vice President, CFO at Waukegan Tire and Supply Company Inc. Hi Alisa, If the wheel bearing is making any noise or with the slowdown you're feeling I would not advise taking this vehicle on the trip before the repair is made. If the bearing goes out completely it will strand the vehicle and could cause other damage that would up the cost of the repairs needed. I hope this helps! Julie

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