Cost to replace front wheel bearing and hub assembly
I have a 2006 Chevy Malibu and need to have the front passenger side wheel bearing and hub assembly replaced. It started making noise a few weeks ago and I've completely stopped driving it as I think its gotten worse. The guy that checked my car out (identifying the wheel bearing as the problem) wanted to charge me a total of $550 to fix. $100 for the part (which is about right) and $450 for labor which seems outrageous.
I live in northern Virginia so I expect labor costs up here to be higher, but not that high. I watched a guy on YouTube replace the wheel bearing on a 2006 Malibu in under 20 minutes. Labor at $50 per hour, that should only be $25 in labor plus $100 for the part. If I had the tools, I'd do it myself.
I would greatly appreciate if anyone can tell me what it should cost, on average, to replace the wheel bearing, or if the prices I've been quoted seem right. Thanks.
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I can't say what the standard time is to do this fix, but that is how repair places come up with the charges. If it says that this procedure takes 1 hour, then one hours worth of labor is added to the part cost and any "fluids and shop supplies" needed to do the job.
If you can get this done for $550 that doesn't seem to high. Just think of what "normal" costs are when having work done on your car. Hey - shop around at different places.
Also what tools to you think you need to replace this yourself? I've not done it on my 2005 Malibu, but I did do it on a 98 Plymouth Breeze, and a 00 Chrysler Cirrus, and on these cars, they're the same other then the body design, replacing the wheel bearing wasn't hard at all. Need no special tools other than a bigger torx socket. Can't see the Malibu being any harder
I have a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu purchased used. One day I was going somewhere and the check engine light went on. I found out it was the right passenger side wheel bearing sensor. I had it
replaced by a mechanic and he charged me a decent fee. I made
sure I kept my receipt for the part, and lo and behold the same
thing happened again. This time I only had to pay a labor rate
of 1 hr.
if its a sealed hub and bearing assembly the usually labour time is about 1 hour.
If your in a rust belt, there may be added labour time if things are seized but maybe 0.5 hours more.
all common repairs has a flat rate time that is published for every make and model
$50/hr door rate is the cheapest I ever heard of. How would they stay in business? Techs should make 1/3 of the door rate in a flate rate shop. That would mean the tech is making $17/hr. Is this a one man shop?