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#4776980 - 06/04/18 08:51 AM Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost
outoforder Offline


Registered: 06/07/09
Posts: 481
Loc: Ohio
Female friend of mine took her 2012 Honda CRV to one of the national chain stores to have a front wheel bearing replaced. She knows nothing about automobile maintenance (not intended as a put down) so I was trying to be helpful and look out for her best interests. She was charged $192 for the wheel bearing and $185 labor. I thought this was a bit on the high side so I thought I would see what my fellow BITOGers think. I'm going to my trustworthy independent mechanic today for a quote.
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#4776987 - 06/04/18 08:55 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
Blkstanger Offline


Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1995
Loc: Lakeside, CA
Depends on the bearing they used. Did they use a cheap Chinese bearing or OEM? I'd say that's a little on the high side but National Chains tend to over charge on small jobs like that.
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#4776988 - 06/04/18 08:56 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
earlyre Offline


Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3918
Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
about this time last year I took my friends mom's aztek to my trusted local guy,only one was bad, but had him replace both for good measure (High Mileage vehicle that sits ALOT - she lives in Alaska, but keeps a property and vehicle here for vacations)
anyway, his price was $250/bearing installed, so $500 for the pair..
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#4776996 - 06/04/18 09:01 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
rideahorse Offline


Registered: 01/01/15
Posts: 95
Loc: Charles City, Iowa
My daughter had a wheel bearing in her Toyota FJ Cruiser get noisy. She lives in a bigger city here in Iowa and took it to her local Toyota dealer. Charged her $1,600 dollars to fix it. I told her they robbed her but she didn't believe me as she thought I didn't know about imports. So about 3 months later she had another one making noise and I told her to let me trade cars with her for a week and I would get my local shop guys to do this one. The bill was $326 dollars total with labor. Man was she fuming when when I told her what the bill was. Now she lets me advise her on car issues as maybe her father does know something.

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#4777001 - 06/04/18 09:06 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
BJD78 Offline


Registered: 08/05/17
Posts: 527
Loc: Nebraska
I no longer own a Honda CRV as ours was totaled last year in an accident when a moron sitting beside me at a left turn lane decided to go straight at the last second and clip my driver side fnder before he ran the next red light and zoomed away before I could get a plate # and yeshe had the gall to flipme off as he sped away. Anyway a couple of weeks prior I had to get front wheel bearings replaced and it was just over $400.00 to replace both front bearings. This was at an independent shop. Dealer would likely be at least $50 to 100 more. $192 and $185 is probably about right Is that the price for both?
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#4777010 - 06/04/18 09:17 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: earlyre]
Srt20 Offline


Registered: 07/14/14
Posts: 514
Loc: Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: earlyre
about this time last year I took my friends mom's aztek to my trusted local guy,only one was bad, but had him replace both for good measure (High Mileage vehicle that sits ALOT - she lives in Alaska, but keeps a property and vehicle here for vacations)
anyway, his price was $250/bearing installed, so $500 for the pair..


I just did a rear on a buick rendevous AWD which i believe is the same as an aztek. $500 for 2 installed is a very fair price.

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#4777013 - 06/04/18 09:19 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
Hootbro Offline


Registered: 08/25/03
Posts: 2450
Loc: DELAWARE
Why does it matter after the fact other than trying to be a "White Knight" here? Truthfully, the charges are not that outrageous for a shop with overhead. I am sure they made a little money on the part markup but all shops do that. Probably could have done it for parts alone at how but that is not putting a value on your labor. An Indy shop probably could have save maybe 25% on that, but they would charged a shop markup on the part also in addition to their hourly labor rate.

I bet book time was at least 2.0 hours or more as the brake caliper, rotor and the pull and install of the wheel bearing would have been need plus the test drive if they did it right. So $185 for labor is not that bad.
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#4777016 - 06/04/18 09:20 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
Srt20 Offline


Registered: 07/14/14
Posts: 514
Loc: Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: outoforder
Female friend of mine took her 2012 Honda CRV to one of the national chain stores to have a front wheel bearing replaced. She knows nothing about automobile maintenance (not intended as a put down) so I was trying to be helpful and look out for her best interests. She was charged $192 for the wheel bearing and $185 labor. I thought this was a bit on the high side so I thought I would see what my fellow BITOGers think. I'm going to my trustworthy independent mechanic today for a quote.


$185 for labor is not out of line at all.

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#4777017 - 06/04/18 09:21 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
itguy08 Offline


Registered: 09/15/11
Posts: 3293
Loc: Somewhere
Sounds about right. We had to replace a front wheel bearing on the wife's old Escape and we paid about $3-400 at the Ford dealer. Those old Escapes used press fit bearings so there was a fair amount of work needed.

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#4777021 - 06/04/18 09:22 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
barkingspider Offline


Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2078
Loc: socal
I got 2 front wheel hubs from O’reilly auto (non oem) for my escalade, they had 2 options, 1 with almost no warranty and the other w a 3 year warranty. Got the better one w the 3 yr warranty, both for about $330. I did the labor my self. Would’ve been a lot cheaper online but I neede the truck the next day and couldn’t wait for parts shipping
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#4777030 - 06/04/18 09:31 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 12806
Loc: Onondaga County
If the car uses press in wheel bearings, I think that's in line with what I would expect.

The labor seems lower than I would expect and the part costs more than I would expect.

But having a press in wheel bearing replaced for under $400 is reasonable to me
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#4777053 - 06/04/18 09:51 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 4199
Loc: New England
My Subaru seems to have [censored] wheel bearings and I am having a second one replaced right now.
Indy shop is charging me $300 installed for a "better" bearing (they told me the brand and I forgot).
So strange that I have been driving for ~30 years and never needed a bearing replacement until last year and now will have two done on one vehicle.
This shop is a place I like a lot that is sort of in the middle of nowhere and might have somewhat better prices than one more in the city...it's the wrong way from work for me, but I think it's worth it because I trust the place.
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#4777093 - 06/04/18 10:32 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
outoforder Offline


Registered: 06/07/09
Posts: 481
Loc: Ohio
Appreciate all the input, everyone. Thanks!
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#4777111 - 06/04/18 10:43 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
andyd Offline


Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 7452
Loc: Marshfield , MA
The E 28 s used a pressed on hub in front. In 22 yrs of old E 28s, I never had to deal with one.
I attribute it to running the original 6.5" x 14 wheels and tires that the suspension was engineered for. So much for days of yore. What kind front hub life can I expect from my Camrys?. Is this a DIY job? Thanks
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#4777113 - 06/04/18 10:44 AM Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost [Re: outoforder]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6585
Loc: USA
A car that new already needs wheel bearings? crzy

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