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maxspeed
03-12-2008, 03:19 PM
ok so my rear wheel bearing is SHOT, the drone has subsided to a nice crunching sound, as what i can only picture as whats left of the bearing deteriorating.

do you guys think it would be safe to drive 300 or so miles home on a wheel bearing in this condition, or if im risking certain disaster

AudiXS4X01
03-12-2008, 03:41 PM
just brought my car to the shop this morning to have my rear bearing changed...also had that grinding noise. Expensive labor :-(

maxspeed
03-12-2008, 03:50 PM
what did they quote you?

devmaster
03-12-2008, 04:01 PM
i beleve their like $70 per unit..

an euro specific shop quoted me $200 per bearing with parts...

i need to do both rear bearings.. i just need to pay off a $450 ticket first

maxspeed
03-12-2008, 05:15 PM
heh this crappy hole in the wall upstate hick audi/vw quoted me 349, not including the allignment, then charged me 40 for "diagnostics" when i walked in there saying it was a wheel bearing to begin with, yea so i payed this guy 40 bucks to drive my car around for 30 minuets, i guess he thought i wouldnt hear him rip through 1st and 2nd pulling out of the lot.

needless to say im not having the work done there. if i feel its unsafe to drive it 300 miles home, ill just bring it to the stealership in south burlington VT

Stampy
03-12-2008, 05:37 PM
Do it yourself man. Buy the bearing for $60. Its a pretty simple job. You have to have it pressed though, so you will owe Pep Boys $30 too.

Nebone
03-12-2008, 05:39 PM
I paid $150 labor and $50 for bearing, but I didn't even care about it as the whine drove me crazy.

onemoremile
03-12-2008, 05:41 PM
I've got a bad one too. The other rear one cost me about 250 if I remember correctly.

IKE20VA4
03-12-2008, 06:44 PM
when I had mine done on the rear it was $233

Naudilos
03-12-2008, 10:05 PM
wow...I didn't know the labor was so expensive for a rear wheel bearing.
Thankfully I just changed it out myself, $60 + $15 press

GetBoosted84
03-12-2008, 10:24 PM
I paid $300 for a new rear wheel bearing and hub. The shop told me that I let it go for too long. They were probably right since my wheel was literally wobbling on the lift.

Now the other one is going too!!! Dammit

Poopie
03-12-2008, 10:42 PM
I paid 60 bucks!

Mine was pretty bad. I carfully marked the camber bolt on the lower a-arm and did a few measurements to get it close. A friend checked it on an alignment rack and it was fine.

tdn
03-13-2008, 05:53 AM
wow...I didn't know the labor was so expensive for a rear wheel bearing.
Thankfully I just changed it out myself, $60 + $15 press


where did you get a press for $15?

Stampy
03-13-2008, 08:22 AM
he probably meant payed someone $15 to press it.

Durkin
03-13-2008, 09:09 AM
not intending to jack the thread, but what does a bad wheel bearing sound/feel like?

jrodpikap
03-13-2008, 01:34 PM
I definately wouldn't drive 300 miles with it crunching. I was gonna do mine myself, but I didn't have anyone around me that could press it for a decent price, so I just took it to my shop and had them do it...I also had them put on my Cross-Drilled Rotors and news pads while they were back there...they have to take it all off anyway.

maxspeed
03-13-2008, 01:57 PM
i would definatley be doing the job myself if i wasnt up at school, where i have 2 and half feet of snow on the ground and just a parking space to work in, anyway i have an appointment at the stealership in the town over, they said it should be 215 when all is said and done, a far cry from 349 they wanted at the shop in town(who said they would have to send it out to get pressed, as they dont have one, that put the nail in the coffin for them in my eyes )

////D
03-13-2008, 10:17 PM
my left one went out about 2 months ago so i replaced that with a cost of $70 (50 for bearing and 20 to press it) plus my own labor, and now the right one is gone so im doing that on monday, and you never really realize how much you save by doing your own work until you actually do it

////D
03-13-2008, 10:19 PM
not intending to jack the thread, but what does a bad wheel bearing sound/feel like?

very very loud anoxious and annoying!

Durkin
03-13-2008, 10:33 PM
very very loud anoxious and annoying!

oh... okay thanks haha...

maxspeed
03-13-2008, 11:07 PM
my left one went out about 2 months ago so i replaced that with a cost of $70 (50 for bearing and 20 to press it) plus my own labor, and now the right one is gone so im doing that on monday, and you never really realize how much you save by doing your own work until you actually do it


like i said, normally i would, but im 300 miles from my garage, and i only have a little parking space, and theres 2.5 feet of snow on the ground

GetBoosted84
03-14-2008, 06:35 AM
Is there a writeup somewhere on how to do this or should I just refer to the Bentley Manual for information about this? I have to do the other side now since it's going too.

Edit: Found the DIY link for the front wheel bearing. -> http://www.audiworld.com/tech/wheel47.shtml

nyca4tq
03-14-2008, 09:49 AM
starts out as a whine, grows to a louder whine/growl when you turn in the opposite direction that the bad bearing is on the sound gets louder...uneven tire wear, eventually it will damage the hub.

Naudilos
03-14-2008, 04:51 PM
he probably meant payed someone $15 to press it.

LOL...yeah that's right. I couldn't imagine anyone buying a press for 15 bucks

There is a really detailed DIY on audiworld for the rear wheel bearing. The first time I did one that really helped out.

And you will definitly know when one is going bad. Like mentioned above it starts off as a small whining sound then gets really really annoying and loud. Mine got to be louder than my custom exhaust. Finally had some nice weather to replace it today, it was completly shot. When I got it pressed at the shop it just fell apart.

maxspeed
03-14-2008, 05:32 PM
got my car back, smooth and QUIET, finally it feels like a luxury car again and not a horse drawn carridge with 2 broken axles.
best part of it all, driving 25 miles to vermont instead of 5 miles up the road ended up saving me over 100 dollars.

VAST automotive in plattsburgh, NY quoted me 349, PLUS an allignment.

lewis audi in south burlington vermont, did the wheel bearing, allignment, vaccuumed, washed, AND WAXED, for the scant price of 227 bucks. needless to say i left a fat tip.

mark_2328
03-14-2008, 05:41 PM
Did you guys notice if the sound went away when braking? I have a sound in the front right, but when I depress the brakes, the sound goes away..