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How much does Wheel Bearings Replacement cost?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2015 Subaru WRX STI $289 $169.30 $119.98 12% $330.55
2005 Jeep Liberty $133 $29.06 $103.98 21% $168.81
2011 Dodge Challenger $241 $160.54 $79.99 10% $268.04
2009 Mini Cooper $398 $294.28 $103.98 8% $434.03
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 $375 $295.20 $79.99 6% $402.70
2005 Jaguar XJ8 $284 $188.23 $95.98 10% $317.23

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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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Edmar

21 years of experience
174 reviews
Edmar
21 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Southlake, Texas
He was great! Explained everything he was going to do and recommended other important items he thinks should be repaired. I will differently use you again. Thank you!
Dodge Ram 1500 - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Coppell, Texas
Edmars is very knowledgeable and fast. He put two wheel hub bearings in my Ram 1500 and did a great job!

Edgar

7 years of experience
46 reviews
Edgar
7 years of experience
Chrysler 300 - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Austin, Texas
Edgar did an excellent job according to my son. The dealership said my car needed a new front end for over $3,000. After researching the problem on the internet, we discovered it only need new bearing on front passenger side. After further research, we discovered YourMechanic. Edgar did a great job and fixed the problem without any problem. We will be referring Edgar with YourMechanic to all our friends! Thanks for the great job, Edgar!!!
Honda Odyssey - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Austin, Texas
Edgar came out on a Saturday and did a great job replacing two wheel ball bearings in our minivan. Was extremely polite and professional. Test drove after to make sure the problem was resolved. Highly recommend!!

Simon

26 years of experience
54 reviews
Simon
26 years of experience
Pontiac Grand Am - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Great customer service. Great price Simon was professional, kept me informed and did a wonderful job repairing my sons car. I highly recommend! Thank you so so much!

Patrick

32 years of experience
1097 reviews
Patrick
32 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra - Wheel Bearings Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Austin, Texas
Great experience. Patrick was friendly, knowledgeable and explained everything with extra detail. Look forward to hiring him again.

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