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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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04 xt rear wheel bearing replace

This part of scrape squeel problem I have been having dealership wants $647 plus tax to change . Is this a fair price , I think the bearing cost is
$150. I have done wheelbearing before but not on subies . Any advice ? Tips ?all I know is castle nut toqure 146 ft lbs , bearing cage is nylon, & you should get new castle nut.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-08-2011, 06:26 AM
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If they're replacing the hub, then it is somewhat reasonable. It's usually around 350-450 for parts+labor to replace the bearing and seals without a hub, and usually another 100-150 or so with the hub (no extra work to replace the hub as it's removed anyway).

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So should be replaced?

I know when timeing belt get replaced you should replace idler pully bearings & bolt also. Or does it just need inspection.

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It really depends how long the bearing has been bad for.

On mine the front bearing failed and was bad long enough that it wore a groove in the hub, which caused there to be a large amount of play. Without replacing it, it would have gone bad again quickly. However if caught fast enough, the hub may be fine. It's hard to know without actually having it off the car.

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Is that for one bearing or two? We just had both our rear bearings done last month and it was $650 + tax. They charged 5 hours of labor for them. I don't remember the prices of parts on the invoice, though. Even so, it give you an idea of what it might cost.

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The $647 figure was for one wheel no hub replace

also found bearings $ 59.95 ea. oem
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step by step instructions

Does anyone have step-by-step instructions on how to replace rear wheel bearings for 2004 Forester XT model?

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