1AAuto.com How Do I Tell If I have a Bad Front Wheel Bearing Hub Assembly?
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You got bad wheel bearing hub assembly, if the following things happen.
- Wheel doesn't spin freely when lifted in air.
- Wheel is moving back & forward when lifted in air.
- Making bearing noise when driving. Some might make a mistake as bad brake pad or might have both bad brake and bad bearing problem thus check for any noise coming from the wheels.
- When you drive, it sounds like pushing shopping cart noise.
- Sometimes makes squeal sound like brake pad warning noise. Difference is that when you lift the wheel, bad wheel bearing hub assembly doesn't spin freely.
To replace the "wheel bearing hub assembly", you have to remove the wheel, brake caliper and brake rotor. Process of fixing wheel bearing hub assembly is pretty much same for all vehicles. If you have an older car, likely your bolt and screws are rusted in there thus it's pain in the butt to remove them without air tool. I prefer not work under the car without lifter because one fall, you are going to be seriously hurt.
To save cost in fixing, just buy the parts at your local auto parts store and negotiate the price for the labor. I normally call NAPA/Shuck's Auto Parts/Autozone for the best price. They all have different prices for the parts and no one has the best price in everything thus check these 3 stores and you should get to the best price in town. Labor should be $80-100 per hub assembly work with your parts. Price for per wheel bearing hub assembly is anywhere between $80-150 depends on vehicle. Bigger cars like SUV parts cost more than smaller sedan.