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Dealer wanted to replace both front wheel bearings @ 645 each. Tires are shot and very noisy. He then backtracked and said maybe just one was bad.

I took it to indie mechanic nearby who specializes in saabs, and he quoted me something like $515 per. Not much cheaper than dealer. Browsing this forum it still seems quite high.

What are mechanics charging these days for front wheel bearing jobs?

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if your tires are already shot, i would only change the tires. then evaluate where the noise is coming from if the tires didn't fix the problem. some worn tires can sound like a bad bearing.
 

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Cojoroh said:
if your tires are already shot, i would only change the tires. then evaluate where the noise is coming from if the tires didn't fix the problem. some worn tires can sound like a bad bearing.
That's good point as I was in the same situation.

Anyway the bearings are about $450 from the dealer (or at least that is what I paid and maybe a 10% discount). I believe you can now get them w/o the wheel sensor which should save about $80.

Check into it.
 

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Cojoroh said:
if your tires are already shot, i would only change the tires. then evaluate where the noise is coming from if the tires didn't fix the problem. some worn tires can sound like a bad bearing.
Is that ever the truth !! The Honda tires, Micelin X, sounded exactly like worn wheel bearings. These damn tires worn like iron..

Do the dealers bother with testing, checking things out, or do they just guess and charge a fortune???

The Saab repairs and parts have become so expensive that I for one would never buy another.

Back in the 60s, the big meaty wheel bearings they used cost just $10 ! About an hour to change one, a rare task..
Whatever has happened ??
 

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Here is a trick.

Lift the car so the front wheels aren't touching the ground. Make sure the car is out of gear. Then turn the wheel really fast and then grab the spring, if you feel vibration on the spring then you know the wheel bearing is out. I just did this to my Arc took me 1 minute to find out which one was bad.

I paid about $140 shipped with the sensor for a new wheel bearing. Took me about 2 hrs to change it. There are Three allen bolts holding the bearing on the hub.

If you have the tools.
 

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wheel bearings

Yeah - puts me in uncomfortable position with the indie mechanic. It would be great to have relationship with local guy who does only saabs, but if he is trying to screw me from the fist job...

How much does a good mechanic charge /hour? If the part costs 200, and it takes 2 hours, I figure a fair price would be 350-400 tops - right?
 

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In a major Metropolitan Market (NYC area) some Dealers get up to 120 an hour for Labor..Indy Specialists get 80/90.....you can find the occaisional Local Garage with an excellent Mechanic for 50/60.....Prices vary with the locale. You don't have to go to a Saab Specialist for things like Wheel Bearings, Brakes, Suspension etc. any competent Shop can do that stuff for a lot less.
 

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Dex4 said:
I paid about $140 shipped with the sensor for a new wheel bearing. Took me about 2 hrs to change it. There are Three allen bolts holding the bearing on the hub.

If you have the tools.
$140:suprised; Was it used?

BTW, JonV the two largest Saab dealer in the Chicago area are up to $139 per hour--good deal huh:p
 

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$140:suprised; Was it used?

BTW, JonV the two largest Saab dealer in the Chicago area are up to $139 per hour--good deal huh:p
Thats why I found local guys to use with my other past OOW Saabs, not into paying Dealer rates for an exhaust when the guy on the corner can throw an OEM exhaust from eeuroparts on a 900 for 50 an hour vs 120 at the Dealer or 85 at the Specialist...the dif is a months worth of High Test;)
 

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Thats why I found local guys to use with my other past OOW Saabs, not into paying Dealer rates for an exhaust when the guy on the corner can throw an OEM exhaust from eeuroparts on a 900 for 50 an hour vs 120 at the Dealer or 85 at the Specialist...the dif is a months worth of High Test;)
Maybe now with the 9-3SS being on the market for several years there are some aftermarket parts now available. When I got mine it was oem or oem.

I doubt there are many non-oems parts available for our cars yet but I haven't looked in a while.
Actually a list of non-oem parts would be nice to know about.
 

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I found this of my past post when I had a wheel bearing replaced. The part was $410 then 2 hours of labor for a total of $573. It was done at a tire place around the corner from my house. They really worked with me. They bought the part from the dealer, since getting one from a parts store actually cost just a few bucks less and who knows what the quality was of that.
 

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Do a search on google for saab wheel bearing hub assembly. Most of the ones I have found are $125 to $160. They are aftermarket oem replacement.

I have put about 10k miles on it works fine and not the first time I have used aftermarket replacements.
 

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Wheel Bearings

My indy mechanic said must replace both front wheel bearings with only 32K miles. He said its very odd. He just guessed might be a problem with driving through deep standing water.

$510 each. I feel sick.
 

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My indy mechanic said must replace both front wheel bearings with only 32K miles. He said its very odd. He just guessed might be a problem with driving through deep standing water.

$510 each. I feel sick.
Well maybe you can find some of those cheap aftermarket ones. Labor isn't even an hour for each side.
 

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My indy mechanic said must replace both front wheel bearings with only 32K miles. He said its very odd. He just guessed might be a problem with driving through deep standing water.
are you kidding me? have you replaced the tires yet? have you even driven through serious standing water? i may certainly be wrong, but i find what he's saying hard to believe.
 

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Well maybe you can find some of those cheap aftermarket ones. Labor isn't even an hour for each side.
You don't necessarily have to find 'cheap aftermarket' hubs. When I changed my front hubs I used the ones from the Vauxhall Signum THIS HUB I don't know which US GM vehicle will use the same hub as your Saab but you can bet there is one out there that uses the same one from the GM parts bin !!
 

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You don't necessarily have to find 'cheap aftermarket' hubs. When I changed my front hubs I used the ones from the Vauxhall Signum THIS HUB I don't know which US GM vehicle will use the same hub as your Saab but you can bet there is one out there that uses the same one from the GM parts bin !!
Well that is great however it doesn't help us Yanks though does it:p
If there was an equal Chevy or Caddy part that might work but Vauxhall parts are a little tough to come by around here...

I wonder if PFS would be able to get it?
 
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