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Old 06-03-2004, 18:04   #1 (permalink)
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Quote for repacking front wheel bearings - excessive?

Guys and gals,

Was booking my car in for a service, and said to them that I also wanted the front wheel bearings repacked. They quoted me $120 extra to do this - this seems excessive to me - I didn't think it would be a lot of work (was considering doing it myself), do any of you guys know? Didn't want to argue with them because I'm not sure how much time this should take.

Problem is, I've had really good service from this place in the past so don't want to go elsewhere.

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Old 06-03-2004, 20:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Quote for repacking front wheel bearings - excessive?

Sorry people, just realised I posted this in the wrong forum.
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Re: Quote for repacking front wheel bearings - excessive?

Thats a little excessive. If you dont mind getting your hands dirty, you could have the front bearings cleaned and repacked in about 45mins. Its not hard if you've been shown the correct method of how to pack them properly.
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$25 for a bearing kit... you need 2 bearing kits and then $50/hr labour

they may be over charging a little. Just do it yourself tho.
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Re: Quote for repacking front wheel bearings - excessive?

Sounds more like you've been quoted to have them replaced not repacked - cos they're not specialty items - just run-of-the-mill taper rollers. And the biggest reason for the failure of bearings is too much grease - not too little.
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Re: Quote for repacking front wheel bearings - excessive?

remove wheels, brake calipers & mounts, rotors.
clean the bearings and check them out for wear. repack and refit to hubs. fit new seals.
refit all parts.
$120 doesn't sound too bad a price. Mechanics have to feed their families too you know...
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Re: Quote for repacking front wheel bearings - excessive?

All the comments are valid.. including the one about mechanics have to live as well..
But if you want to learn about your car, for about the same amount of money you could buy two sets of new bearings and seals (one set for each side), a tin of wheel bearing grease and an aftermarket manual, such as Gregorys, Haynes, etc..

Read up on the job.. do it yourself.. next time you'll know.. and you've got the service manual to venture further next weekend and do other stuff on your car
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Just one more thing Pauly..
Tear up your oldest T shirt so you've got some nice clean cotton rags..
Find an old hubcap, a cheap paintbrush, some kero or petrol to wash bearings and the inside of the hub, and you're on your way..
Clean is good with bearings.. Very clean is very good..
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I agree with Rawlinna, the bearings need to be immaculate before you repack them. Petrol is the best for cleaning off old grease.
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Re: Quote for repacking front wheel bearings - excessive?

$120 is roughly what I paid ford to do the job. It was in for a service anyway and the car had the squeeeeks so I gave them the go ahead. So to answer your question... it's a bit steep for what's being done but consistent with pricing I've seen. They should last the life time of the car when done.
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