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    Default Front Wheel Bearing Needs Replacing, How?

    Hey everyone,

    So after a long drive from an interview my front right wheel started making noise, which turned out to be a bad wheel bearing according to the dealership (paid them $100 to find out). They want $750 to replace both front bearings

    I would rather do this myself, but I don't know how hard it would be. As far as my skill with the wheels and suspension, the most I've done is replace a few broken studs.

    I've been looking around on the internet and I've found a DIY:
    http://forum.mazda6club.com/speed6-s...-bearings.html

    Should I attempt to do this job myself? I'm at home with a lot of tools, except for the press, ball-joint separator and possibly some sockets.

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    if you dont have a press you wont be able to do it. they have to be pressed out and pressed back in

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    I would pay someone else to do it, personally.

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    $750 is what I paid a local shop to replace both front hubs and bearings recently. Be sure to get the alignment checked after you get the work done. Mine was off considerably afterwards.
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    Can't I buy just a new hub with the bearing already in it or can you not do that with a Mazda 6?
    Last edited by Zicker; May 17th, 2011 at 03:11 AM.

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    The unit is sold as one piece only anyway iirc from when i looked. Either way it has to be pressed out and pressed back in

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    so there is no way to do this without paying 750?

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    put the car on jackstands. remove the hub and spindle assemblies from the car and take the whole thing to a shop and only pay them to press out the old bearing and press in the new. and you do the rest

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    My hubs were damaged from an inept shop attempting to remove my half shafts...that's the only reason I got both hubs and bearings replaced. Like Justin said....do some of the labor yourself and you'll save money. I needed my car back same day as I work really far out of town, so I paid for the convenience of getting it fixed PDQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great NY View Post
    put the car on jackstands. remove the hub and spindle assemblies from the car and take the whole thing to a shop and only pay them to press out the old bearing and press in the new. and you do the rest
    estimated cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Great NY View Post
    put the car on jackstands. remove the hub and spindle assemblies from the car and take the whole thing to a shop and only pay them to press out the old bearing and press in the new. and you do the rest
    DIY possibly?

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    I think I'm going to take off the knuckle, bearing, hub assembly and let Mazda use their specialty tools and press to replace the bearing. I already paid them $100, which should go towards the labor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zicker View Post
    I think I'm going to take off the knuckle, bearing, hub assembly and let Mazda use their specialty tools and press to replace the bearing. I already paid them $100, which should go towards the labor.
    DIY

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    Okay, I went around town and talked with a bunch of parts dealers and garages. The bearing I could get for around $50 and a little shop, where no one speaks English, would take apart everything and put on the new bearing for another $100, so $150.

    Another little shop would do the whole thing for $200, with parts and labor and the dealer would do it for another $300, with parts and labor.

    With the dealer, I'm assured they will do the job right and guarantee their work. I would be taking a chance with the little shops.

    Also, I would need an alignment done afterwards more than likely so that's another $75-$100.

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    Ok, I'll just let the dealer do it. Its worth being done right the first time

 

 

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