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Wheel Bearings Replacement Estimate for Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Wheel Bearings Replacement costs $262 on average. Following is a breakdown of the labor and parts estimates.

YourMechanic Price
$97 to $438
Labor: $80 -$144
Parts: $17 -$294
Average Dealer price
$138 to 756
Average Shop price
$117 to 522
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2013 Ford ExplorerL4-2.0L TurboService typeWheel Bearings - Passenger Side Front ReplacementEstimate$723.26Shop/Dealer Price$888.94 - $1343.53
2012 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeWheel Bearings - Driver Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$697.77Shop/Dealer Price$859.98 - $1311.99
2012 Ford ExplorerL4-2.0L TurboService typeWheel Bearings - Driver Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$677.27Shop/Dealer Price$835.21 - $1284.01
2008 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeWheel Bearings - Driver Side Front ReplacementEstimate$139.01Shop/Dealer Price$166.04 - $216.69
2001 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeWheel Bearings - Passenger Side Front ReplacementEstimate$118.19Shop/Dealer Price$137.11 - $169.97
2011 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeWheel Bearings - Driver Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$697.77Shop/Dealer Price$855.88 - $1304.81
2007 Ford ExplorerV8-4.6LService typeWheel Bearings - Driver Side Front ReplacementEstimate$144.01Shop/Dealer Price$167.92 - $216.24
2014 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeWheel Bearings - Passenger Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$691.27Shop/Dealer Price$852.38 - $1303.56
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Wheel Bearings Replacement Service

What are wheel bearings and how do they work?

A wheel bearing assembly consists of rolling elements, such as hardened steel ball bearings or roller bearings, that roll on and around hardened steel bearing races. The wheel bearings support the front and rear axle, and all the weight of your car. Wheel bearings are made with a high-precision technique using extremely hard steel in order to withstand all the normal impacts that occur to the wheel and tire assembly as you drive along the road.

When to replace wheel bearings?

  • Growling or grinding noise from a wheel. Failed or failing wheel bearings make a very characteristic growling noise which will grow louder as the bearing wear progresses. If you believe the wheel bearing noise is coming from one side of the car, you can self-diagnosis your wheel bearing as you drive the car by loading and unloading vehicle weight You can do this by “swerving” from side-to-side. For example, if the noise markedly increases when you swerve to left, which shifts the vehicle’s weight to the right, then it often indicates the wheel bearing on the right is failing.

  • Axial or radial play in the wheel or wheel hub. Should the wheel hub move up and down or in and out, the bearing may be worn.

  • Vibration in the steering wheel or vehicle body and/or wandering. Vibration and lack of directional stability could be consequences of loose or worn out wheel bearings.

  • Tire and wheel assembly does not turn smoothly. With the wheel jacked up, and the car not in gear, the wheel should rotate smoothly. Rough or inconsistent movement, which is often accompanied by noise, can signify damaged bearings. Be sure the brakes are not dragging as you perform this check.

How do mechanics replace wheel bearings?

The complexity of wheel bearing replacement varies greatly depending on the vehicle make, model, year, the wheel position (front versus rear), and the drive type (AWD versus FWD):

  • On vehicles with unitized wheel bearing/hub assemblies, the brake rotor and caliper are removed.
  • The large axle nut is removed, the axle is pushed back through the center of the unitized hub assembly, and three (or more) bolts holding the hub assembly to the steering knuckle are removed.
  • The hub assembly is then removed from the knuckle. On installation of the new hub assembly to the knuckle, the bolts are torqued to the factory specification. In many cases, it is required to discard the old axle nut and replace with a new one. Special attention must be given to tightening the axle nut to the exact factory specification because over or under-tightening can damage the newly installed bearing. All YourMechanic professionals use calibrated torque wrenches on these critical fasteners.
  • Finally, the brake rotor and brake caliper are re-attached, the wheel installed and the car is road tested.
  • On vehicles where the wheel bearing is pressed into a cavity within the steering knuckle, the steering knuckle must be removed from the vehicle in order to press out the old bearing and press in the new bearing.
  • On some vehicles, the wheel bearing is pressed onto an axle shaft and thus the axle must be extracted from the axle carrier. This will apply to certain trucks.

Is it safe to drive with a wheel bearing problem?

No. Wheel bearing failure is usually gradual, although in some cases it starts immediately after the dramatic impact of the wheel and tire assembly with a deep pothole. Wheel bearings can sometimes make noise for quite some time before you experience a catastrophic failure that would result in complete separation of the wheel and tire assembly from the axle. Generally, the risk of sudden failure increases with the noise level. But strictly speaking, once the bearing has started to fail it is impossible to predict exactly when it will fail completely. So it should not continue to be driven. Were a failing bearing to seize or break while you are moving, you could experience loss of control of the vehicle. Once you receive a conclusive diagnostic that a wheel bearing has failed, replace the bearing promptly.

When replacing wheel bearings, keep in mind:

  • If the car has a substantial number of miles on the failed bearing (100,000 miles or more), it is a good idea to replace both bearings (driver and passenger) on the axle at the same time.
  • Wheel bearing noise can be confused with tire noise from defective tires. In difficult cases, a mechanic will apply remote wireless microphones at all 4 wheel positions, and then drive the car while listening to a remote receiver, switching between wheel positions to pinpoint the location of the failed bearing.

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Matthew

10 years of experience
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Matthew
10 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Rear) - Zionsville, Indiana
Matthew arrived on time, diagnosed and test drove the car to make sure the issue I had identified was the correct repair to complete. After the repair Matt test drove the car again to make sure the replaced rear bearing was operating correctly and no other noises/issues were present. Work was completed promptly and good communication throughout the process both from Matthew and from the Your Mechanic alerts. Would highly recommend.

Fred

15 years of experience
338 reviews
Fred
15 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Tomball, Texas
This was my first time using this service, Fred was early and very professional. He made me a believer in this service. I will recommend him and this service.

Dan

33 years of experience
17 reviews
Dan
33 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Oak Lawn, Illinois
Dan is simply awesome!!! He is as courteous as they come, a true gentleman. Does this man know about cars?? I am a bit of a geek so I stuck around while he took apart my car to get to the wheel bearing and I kept pestering him with questions. You can tell that he has a passion for mechanics and cars and he can write a textbook on it. His knowledge is immense and it shows in the great service he provides. He was much more thorough than I would expect someone to be and I can guarantee that his own expectations for his job will be higher than yours lol. He is amazing and I will be sure to request him on any further service work. This was my first experience with this website and Dan's service will make me a lifelong customer.

Jose

13 years of experience
199 reviews
Jose
13 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Rear) - Lawrenceville, Georgia
Jose was on time, very courteous, and efficient. I will certainly use this service again because if this experience.. Thank you for doing such a good job.
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2013 Ford ExplorerL4-2.0L TurboService typeWheel Bearings - Passenger Side Front ReplacementEstimate$723.26Shop/Dealer Price$888.94 - $1343.53
2012 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeWheel Bearings - Driver Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$697.77Shop/Dealer Price$859.98 - $1311.99
2012 Ford ExplorerL4-2.0L TurboService typeWheel Bearings - Driver Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$677.27Shop/Dealer Price$835.21 - $1284.01
2008 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeWheel Bearings - Driver Side Front ReplacementEstimate$139.01Shop/Dealer Price$166.04 - $216.69
2001 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeWheel Bearings - Passenger Side Front ReplacementEstimate$118.19Shop/Dealer Price$137.11 - $169.97
2011 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeWheel Bearings - Driver Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$697.77Shop/Dealer Price$855.88 - $1304.81
2007 Ford ExplorerV8-4.6LService typeWheel Bearings - Driver Side Front ReplacementEstimate$144.01Shop/Dealer Price$167.92 - $216.24
2014 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeWheel Bearings - Passenger Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$691.27Shop/Dealer Price$852.38 - $1303.56
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