Had my front wheel bearings replaced today, but now I'm wondering...
What is involved in replacing them? After the job was done, I went online and checked prices on wheel bearings for a 2001 Sonata and the most expensive ones I saw were under $70 each, yet my mechanic charged $127 a piece!! Then they charged me $265 in labor! Starting to feel like I was ripped off, unless there's something more involved they didn't tell me. My receipt just says, "Diagnose & replace front wheel bearing" What do you think?
Re: Had my front wheel bearings replaced today, but now...
It is normal for a garage to mark parts up after all do you think you think you pay the same for grocieries as the store or for that matter can you buy hamburger at aburger joint as cheap as you can at a store a garage has overhead just like any other busines the labor seems alittle excesive but alot of that depends alot on where you live and what it cost to run the shop that is probably a3.5 or 4.0 hr joband i dont know anyone under about 50.00 hr in my aera
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Re: Had my front wheel bearings replaced today, but now...
Not to be mean, but next time check prices before you take your car there. Also another GREAT idea is to when you drop off your car tell them you demand your old parts or they aren't getting paid. This confirms the parts were replaced and that it needed to be done or not. Last but not least get a estimate. An estimate is your ace in the hole. Generally depending on state a auto repair estimate can't vary more than 10%. What is the labor rate and how much for each side hour wise? Also the chance of BOTH being bad at the same time? Slim to none. The generally go within 30k of each other but at the same time? slim. Hope this helps. You can surely argue the amounts. Another thing is if you get comfortable with a garage ask what the surcharge is to bring your own parts. Even at 15% (which is common because there is obviously profit in auto parts) Even with the 15% on the 70 dollar bearing you would have still been ahead by quite a bit. Hope this helps.
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This is a big job, involving much more than can be posted here.
Go to the car parts store and spend about $25 on a repair manual for your year and make automobile.
That's if you want to fix it yourself.
abs sensors run very close to the rotor in the disc or hub and can be easily damaged it the play in the failed bearings was sufficient to allow it to touch
when doing the wheels and bearings it is important not to damage the sensor if it was not touching the rotor
if it damaged or the wiring is not connected , the abs light will be on
you can get sensors from the wreckers /junk yard at a good price
after replacing the rear wheel bearings and the hand brake light is on suggests that the correct procedure was not used or the cabling was adjusted off to get the callipers off the disc and not properly adjusted on completion of the job
as the work is being done in a confined space it is possible that a harness plug was disconnected to get access
you have several options
1---have the fault codes read, fix any sensor problem,
2-- take it to an accredited service center that has experience on your make of vehicle as I think that going back to the original shop is not a good idea
You can but I think you are getting in over your head. There is nothing telling you the condition of the CV joint you will be removing (Constant Volecity) (Knuckles?). This is a big job requiring special tools. If it is your bearing that requires replacement, the CV joint is not really involved in this. If you do remove and replace the CV joint, it will still have to be adjusted and the front of your vehicle will require realignment. I doubt you have the capability or skill needed for a wheel alignment in your garage.
My free advice is pay the $100.00 or so to get new bearings done professionally.
You can do this job your self with common tools. Auto zone carries the wheel bearing you need and can give you the step by step instructions to replacing the bearing. Here is a tip, to try to break the old wheel bearing from the axle. Just loosen the 4 bolts 3 mm that hold the bearing to the axle and put the wheel back on and drive the car back and forth a few times, hard on the brakes to break it free from the axle. Once the bearing breaks free from the axle, it should take you under 45 min to get the job done. Good luck and be safe.
looks like they have a sealed bearing and are sold as a bearing hub assy for about $140. to replace it remove the wheel, then the cotter pin and nut in the center of the hub. then pull the hub/bearing off. this is easier said than done but with penetrating oil, hard work, and a large hammer you should be able to remove it.
Plan on spending more than $75 on this repair I am quite shore that that wont evan cover the parts. It definitely has a wheel bearing in the case of this vehicle it can only be replaced as an assembly that includes the hub. The ABS wheel speed senser is often sold as part of the assembly or in some cases is sold separately. good chance it will need to be replaced. Get the job done as soon as possible this is a very unsafe condition Your wheel will fall off while driving eventually if not repaired