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Re: Wheel Bearing Replacement for $300
> My local independent mechanic said he needs to replace the right
> front wheel bearing on my '87 5KCSTQ. He wants $174 for the
> wheel bearing kit and $137 for labor. That's a total of $311 to
> replace one wheel bearing.
This is usually about $250... he is way high.
> I called two parts stores and found that I can get the bearing
> for $38. I then called back my mechanic and told him that his
> bearing kit was way over priced so he agreed to charge me $97 for
> the bearing, which I feel is still over priced. Then he said the
> left front bearing may also be bad but they will not know for
> sure until they replace the right bearing and test drive it. Now
> I'm possibly looking at spending close to $500 to have two wheel
> bearing replaced that I can buy for $76.
You also need an axle nut and bolt for the ball joint (maybe a circlip
if the old on gets damaged. Takes it up to $50 for parts (that's what
I paid Linda).
> So my questions are, Should the mechanic be able to tell if both
> bearings are bad at the same time?
Yes. Put car on rack, run it and use a stethescope to listen to
the bearings. At least that is how Bellevue Motor Sports told me
how they identify which bearing is bad.
Can I replace the bearings
> myself? Do the bearings need to be pressed in? Does anyone know
> of a good honest Audi mechanic near San Clemente, CA?
There is a tool... costs $200 or so which presses them in/pulls them out.
Pays for itself with two replacements! I have one, but it's loaned out
at the moment...