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Old 01-14-2013, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday I did replace both front wheel hubs. At 186k they looked like they where originals. Pain in the arse but the growling noises are gone.

My question: How much is usually the labor on those, to know if it was worth it?
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Did you perform the task or a shop?
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I did it. My back still hurts. Knuckles have scrapes and my right palm has a bruise in shape of CV axle splines
I am getting too old for driveway fixes I guess.
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I feel your pain, lol!!!
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I paid $160 to have both my fronts replaced. I bought Timkens from Rock Auto and one went bad after 9K miles. I had that one replaced for $80.
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OHHHHH PLEEEEAAAASSSSEEEE........

Your NEVER to old to save some $$$ and have the pleasure of doing the work yourself.

Just figure that most shops are going to tell you its 3-4 hours per side and shops around here charge anywhere from $60 to $100 per hour depending on where you go. My guess, it was well worth you doing it yourself.
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I have a rear wheel bearing/hub to replace. Easy job, but I have neither a 36mm socket ($20) or a torque wrench that goes up to 200 ft lbs. ($100 minimum). So I'm just going to have it put in. You can justify putting in this stuff yourself all day if you want to.
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I have rented the tools from Advance Auto parts for free. I have bought 1/2" and a 3/8" torque wrenches from Harbor Freight for $12 a piece with coupon. The 1/2" is marked to 150lbs, but you can still turn the dial to 170-180lbs (reading the markings on rotary side).

Now, if the labor was only $80 that mean they had only one hour per side, that's not that bad... I doubt that was a licensed shop thou, too cheap IMO. Still, that means, for me, that I have to work at least 2 hours to make that money at my job (after taxes).

It took me a couple hours a side (if I deduct different pauses). I was curious to see a real-world rate.

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I have rented the tools from Advance Auto parts for free. I have bought 1/2" and a 3/8" torque wrenches from Harbor Freight for $12 a piece with coupon. The 1/2" is marked to 150lbs, but you can still turn the dial to 170-180lbs (reading the markings on rotary side).

Now, if the labor was only $80 that mean they had only one hour per side, that's not that bad... I doubt that was a licensed shop thou, too cheap IMO. Still, that means, for me, that I have to work at least 2 hours to make that money at my job (after taxes).

It took me a couple hours a side (if I deduct different pauses). I was curious to see a real-world rate.
Yes...it is a licensed shop. The guy has been in business for 40 years.
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Now, if the labor was only $80 that mean they had only one hour per side, that's not that bad... I doubt that was a licensed shop thou, too cheap IMO.
This. I got 4 quotes before having my front hubs replaced, and all were in the $400-$500 range. I ended up going with the Ford dealer, who was in the middle of the pack and used OEM parts.
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