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Old 19th February 2009
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I have this high pitched buzzing noise I can hear at low speed coming from the front driver side wheel. I suspect it could be the wheel bearing. Any ideas about the cost to fix and how much time is needed to replace. Its odd, the buzzing is louder on colder days!

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300 if you go to mom and pop shop with part or 650 for dealer.

I got my bearing at www.eeuroparts.com $179.90
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Get this!

I just called my dealer and they said the wheel bearing which includes the hub assembly CA$791 plus tax plus two hours labour so we are looking over CA$1000.

How can there be a huge difference in the cost of parts? Its insane!!!

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300 if you go to mom and pop shop with part or 650 for dealer.
Maybe in the States . . . but here in Vancouver the only Saab dealer left wanted $1100 just for the part !!

Zippy, make sure you buy the part on-line and bring it to have it installed by Lansdowne or one of the Saab Indie guys. It's not a big job (could do it yourself) but better to have it done right.

I had to replace a rear wheel bearing on my 06. I ordered an OEM part (cost more than aftermarket but the car was still under warranty) from http://www.thesaabsite.com/ . If you are out of warranty I wouldn't worry about OEM. I took the part to Lansdowne during a scheduled service and they installed it for $177.
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Depending on your mechanic skills, replacing the hub isn't too hard on our cars, it comes off in one big piece. DIY can save oodles.
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As long as the axel shaft is not seized in the bearing and the bearning is not seized in the hub assembly its a easy swap. You could do it youself, but if they dont come out easy with a puller you will need to take it in to get heated up.
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Depending on your mechanic skills, replacing the hub isn't too hard on our cars, it comes off in one big piece. DIY can save oodles.
1/2 hour tops for each bearing. I've replaced 3 of them already
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I bet you could not of done mine in 1/2 hour
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1/2 hour tops for each bearing. I've replaced 3 of them already
and no fancy smancy DIY with pics? Come on cosmic!
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