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Old 03-14-2009, 19:30   #1 (permalink)
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Question Feedback Request on Front Hub Bearings Estimate on a 2003

Hi all,
Just got an estimate from the Ford dealer to replace both front hub bearings on my 2003 (77,126 miles). The cost is $360 for 4.0 hours of labor and $402 for OE parts for a total of $762. They also stated that I have 10% left on the rear brakes and I was quoted $225 for 2.5 hours of labor and $80 for parts. The labor includes machining the rotors and lubing the caliper slides. They also mentioned that sometimes they need to replace the e-brake shoes and if they do that will run $180 for 2.0 hours of labor and $132 for parts for a total of $332 . Lastly, they recommend a brake flush and $90 for 1.0 of labor and $43 for parts for a total of $133.00. The grand total including tax is $1644.62 . For the record, I've mentioned the bearing noise to them over the last year and this is the first time they isolated with a stethoscope. Everything is tight underneath, it just sounds like driving on a flat tire. Any suggestions/thoughts? Thanks!
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Re: Feedback Request on Front Hub Bearings Estimate on a 2003

Ok, Hub bearings are ~$160 ea for BCA National brand & labor calls for 1.6hrs to change both sides - looks like they are hitting you for more than double.
Rear brakes on these trucks are a breeze - again labor quoted is high, book labor calls for 1.3hrs. Parking brake very rarely wears - lining is very thin to start with, more problems with hardware rusting up from infrequent use.
I am not a fan of all the flushes dealers offer. Hydraulic brakes are a sealed system, unless contaminated from moisture or debris, leave the system alone.
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Ok, Hub bearings are ~$160 ea for BCA National brand & labor calls for 1.6hrs to change both sides - looks like they are hitting you for more than double.
Rear brakes on these trucks are a breeze - again labor quoted is high, book labor calls for 1.3hrs. Parking brake very rarely wears - lining is very thin to start with, more problems with hardware rusting up from infrequent use.
I am not a fan of all the flushes dealers offer. Hydraulic brakes are a sealed system, unless contaminated from moisture or debris, leave the system alone.
Good Luck,
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Thanks Corky. Looks like I got a quote from the cleaners. I'll shop some independents for better pricing. It seems that OE parts may not be better than aftermarket in this case. Thanks again.
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