Wheel bearings are found in all automobiles. You’ll even find them in bicycles because they use wheels to move as well. Bearings come in many different shapes and sizes, depending on the make and model of your car.
The job of a wheel bearing is to help the wheel spin without causing much friction. If a wheel bearing is worn out or defective, it will cause your car to slow down unintentionally or it will prevent your car from moving at all.
If the car slows down then you’ll notice a lot of shakiness and loud squeaky noises when it moves. If you notice anything like this then that means it’s time to have your bearings replaced.
Sometimes it may just be your front wheel bearings or your rear wheel bearings. Other times, you may need to replace all of them. A mechanic will be able to tell you which ones need replacing.
Wheel Bearing Replacement Cost
The cost of replacing the front and rear wheeling bearings of your car will depend on what kind of car you have. The two expenses associated with this service are the cost of the parts and cost of the labor.
The sad thing is the labor costs are usually more money than the parts cost. But if you don’t know anything about auto mechanics then you don’t want to risk doing the job yourself or else you could cause additional costly damage to your car.
Rear Wheel Bearings
On average, you can expect to pay between $190 and $310 for the parts associated with replacing your rear wheel bearings. The average labor costs will be between $225 and $350.
Front Wheel Bearings
As for replacing your front wheel bearings, this service actually costs more. The average labor costs are between $350 and $450 while the average parts cost is between $150 and $300.
Front and Rear Wheel Bearings
If you were to replace all the wheel bearings of your vehicle, you should expect to pay anywhere between $800 and $1,000 total. Unless you have a special warranty plan that covers this expense, the cost will probably be higher than expected for most car owners.
You may think it would be wise to have your bearings serviced but you won’t be able to do that because the bearings are sealed. All you can do is wait for them to go bad and then replace them.
Some model use hub bearings in the rear. With this type, the wheel bearing attaches together with the hub assembly, and built in with speed sensor ( if the car has ABS on it). The average cost to replace this part is between $400 to $500 for one side including the labor.
Again, these are only estimates but they should give you a rough idea of the kind of money you should expect to pay for fixing your wheel bearings.