How do I change front wheel bearings

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by coastalva, Jul 4, 2006.


  1. coastalva

    coastalva New Member

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    I just had my 2002 Escort inspected, well, the front left tire will wobble when it is off the ground. The mechanic stated that I need to replace the front left wheel bearing. The cost is $100 for parts and $135 for the labor.

    Can I replace the wheel bearing myself? He said that it was all sealed... what is involved?

    T
  2. billzie

    billzie FEOA Member

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    Don't take this in the wrong way, but,
    if you have to ask, you probably don't have either the skill or the tools to do this particular job. And, the "How-To" section is specifically meant for folks posting "How-To" do something, not to ask. :wink:
    However, the bearing is a sealed unit that is pressed in to the spindle assembly. It must be pressed out and new one pressed in, usually needing a shop press. This is the hardest part of the job because 99% of folks don't have a press. Getting the spindle out is not "hard" but can be a time consumming task. If you can get the spindle out, then you can take it and the new bearing to a shop that will do the pressing in and out for you, this shouldn't cost more than $15-30, Napa or a local independant parts store should be able to help.
    If you need further instruction, just search, there are at least a few threads about it already, and probably covered in the Susp/Brake forum.
    BTW, just to make sure, is he sure it's the bearing and not something more simple like the ball joint or tie rod end? Just asking.
    BTW-2, if you do need a bearing, I have a brand new Ford unit for sale for a lot less than $100, pm me.
    HTH, Bill.
  3. Eak69

    Eak69 New Member

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    The bearings should cost $70 tops (for two) at an AutoZone or Murrays or something like that.

    The labor should be $100 - $125 and no more.

    I had mine done for $200 - but that included a full alignment and BOTH bearings replaced with the labor.

    Where are you located?
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    I'm assuming you've already had this done. 30-35 bucks per bearing is about right.

    BUT!!!!!!!!!

    Chances are, if your wheel wobbles enough to be visible, the inner race of the bearing has chewed up the hub, so you need another one of those, too!!

    they're like 92 bucks from Ford, but 83 from the Mazda dealer.

    a badly worn front hub (that CANNOT be re-used) looks like this:

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    --sarge

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