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Old 10-21-2010, 10:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 99 Forester that needs the right front wheel bearing replaced. Since the Haynes and Chilton basically says take it to a mechanic because its too complicated, thats what I did. I got an estimate of $510 with that being $169 for the part (from dealer) and $325 labor. Does that sound about right. I don't know about the labor but the 169 for a bearing sounds high even from a dealer. Anybody with experience let me know.
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Market prices vary, but around here (socal) it's around $400 (dealer) or less (indy)
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Around $400 with parts and labor sounds right, at least here on the left coast. $510 seems a bit excessive.
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I just had one replaced yesturday, came out to $380~ish here in San Jose by *the* best Subie shop in the south bay, Garage 1 Auto.

$125 parts (+tax) + $225 labor.
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I just replaced mine last week. For EACH wheel bearing I was charged:
-Koyo bearings made in Japan @$55 each
-3 retainers at $5 each
-Labor @ $75 each

Total $290 + 7%Tax = $310

My mechanic is an offdealer Subaru specialized. He owns a GC8 completely converted to STI.
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Though getting the bearing out of the knuckle/hub assembly, and back in again, requires a press, you can do the rest at home. Follow the manuals for removing the knuckle assembly (for the front) or rear hub. Take the knuckles into a machine shop with the replacement parts (bearings) and have them do the pressing, should save you mucho moola, I did this with my honda because I had to replace a wheel lug stud, machinist only charged me $10 for the one side
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