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Question DetailsAsked on 9/1/2015

what is the average cost to replace front wheel bearings

The vehicle is a 2004 chevy silverado

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Here is a similar question with answer FYI -

From a web search on your specific vehicle, looks like 2004-2005 Silverados have a problem with wheel bearings going out at 30-50,000 miles, but I see no recall on it. If you google to find if there is a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) on the problem, AND you give them that TSB number at the dealer when you go to complain, they will commonly replace it free - but if you don't have the bulletin number, you pay full price.

Based on check of a common shop guide, normal cost should be about $150-200 per wheel parts and about $150 labor IF only the bearing and bearing hub (come as a set with integral ABS sensor) needs replacing. If the rotor hub was damaged due to the bearing play or severly overheating and warping the rotor, more like $500 per side - and if it was wobbling enough to wear the brake pads and the rotor then more like $550-600. Overheated axle due to total loss of lubrication or spinning of the bearing races on the axle/central hub drawing the temper would further increase the bill as much as another two or three hundred $, so if severe heat damage was done you could be as high as about $1000 per side to replace all the damaged parts. And this does not include tires if they were seriously unevenly worn due to many miles of driving with a wobbling wheel due to loose bearing.

From the blogs, plan on this not being trhe last time - evidently many or most GM's have bearing problems because of the small bearings and the way they put it in a separate hub rather than mounting it in the back of the rotor hub.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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