Replace front CV axle + wheel bearings/hub assembly around Seattle?

Amazon carlo
Nov 11, 2018 10 Comments

Random shop quoted me $500 just in labor. Any cheaper places around Seattle / Eastside / Tacoma? I'm fine with buying parts online and bringing them to a shop

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  • Google / Eng
    dheY80

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    dheY80more
    Wanna cheaper do it yourself!
    People outside IT also want to eat.

    // You can do it by yourself, you just need shop press and some tools and 4-12 hours of your time, so whatever is cheaper to you
    Nov 11, 20185
    • Amazon carlo
      OP
      So $500 is the cheapest you've heard of? I'm fine paying for labor but this seemed excessive for a 1-2hr job
      Nov 11, 2018
    • Amazon carlo
      OP
      Started looking this up online and it seems that the bearing is pressed onto the hub assembly. You can just replace both without bothering with the press and it should slide on (according to YouTube?)
      Nov 11, 2018
    • Google / Eng
      dheY80

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      dheY80more
      You probably mix up front and rear wheel bearing. Rear side - yes, you usually buy assembled kit and just replace it, for front side - no, you need press parts. Just on some rare car model you can buy quite expensive assembled kit and replace it. But usually you buy parts and repress them.
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Amazon carlo
      OP
      https://www.1aauto.com/jeep-wheel-hub-bearing-and-axle-kit/i/1aahk00013

      Do I need a press to do it with this specific axle/hub assembly combo? I can't see why but I'm a total noob in this department. Should it just slide onto the axle?
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Axle need to disconnect the ball joint / control arm and then slide out, those things are damn heavy and sometimes stuck on, 1 hr on them seems absolutely minimum.

      Hub / bearing are heavy as well. If you are doing them separately they will be more than $500 labor (try 800). 500 is pretty good price for all that work already.

      If you have to ask you probably cannot do it yourself. It will also likely take you at least 1-2 days to do all that the first time around.
      Dec 17, 2018
  • Salesforce / EngLorry Rage
    Try Morgan Motors in Issaquah.
    Nov 11, 20180
  • Tesla / Data
    Hiphipnope

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    Hiphipnopemore
    Both CV joints and bearings in both wheels? 500 is a good price especially including parts
    Nov 11, 20181
    • Amazon carlo
      OP
      No, this is just for labor. Parts are another $600 (but I can get them online for $160)
      Nov 11, 2018
  • Having done the work myself before, I'd not do it for anything less.

    Buy your axle and bearing / hub from OEM, aftermarket are junks and won't last (so you have to pay that $500 again). If you absolutely have to, buy used from junkyard, they are better than new aftermarket (out of spec Chinese) or rebuild aftermarket (grind out the heat treatment, wont' last)
    Dec 17, 20180

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