What would be a fair price to have front wheel bearings installed ? they have to be pressed in .

10

Asked by Mar 16, 2013 at 07:50 AM about the 2002 Kia Optima SE V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2002 kia optima with a V6 , the bearings are shot , i can get the bearings i just don't know what to expect to pay for labor

25 Answers

60 dollars an hour x 5 hour job = 300 plus parts = $500 rough estimate-

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.

of course they are pressed in. How else you gonna keep the outer races in place? elmers glue?

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.

Bod is an expensive mechanic. But that's because he's good. Timken bearings cost about $30 each, an excellent brand, and labor about $300 I agree, so I come up with a little less, the only difference we have is the cost of the bearings, but I think Bob is thinking that other things will have to be purchased also. And do you brakes while it's apart, unless they are near new, that will only add about $40 to the job. Good morning Bob.

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

how are the axles and CV boots, those most assuredly will go bad before the bearing...must have replaced them already?

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

Yikes, there it is right there, I didn't include bearing races. I should know better than try to correct Bob.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Who told you the bearings were bad anyway? Or what makes you think they are?

9 out of 9 people think this is helpful.
90,055

Some are bolted in Bob. $60 a hour seems light for my area. I have no clue how long it would take on a Kia or any other car where they pressed in. Video of the procedure - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0LCkycUcqM

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

H25...good morning kind sir, seemed curious to me as well, how did our customer pinpoint the bearings as a trouble item? seen a lot of drive axles and it's tough to try to maintain them as there aren't any zerk fittings any more on things (know not why)...perhaps this bloke was reading 'service bulletins' and got his dander up and worried about this in a most hypochondriac fashion-

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

bolted in, tenspeed? curious. like with a clamp plate that sandwiches them in tight but has enough clearance for the axle?...I could see this-

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
90,055

One way to determine if it's a bad bearing is to spin the wheel (by hand) and hold the spring. If it's a bad wheel bearing, you can feel it crunching.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

jeez, it's just an estimate. I was thinking that five hours seemed a little conservative-

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
90,055

Yes bolts. The first one I did took hours because of rust. I paint the area with marine anti-seize to make the next jobs easier.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
90,055

Since GTOMike was going to supply parts, he should call for estimates. Some places near me will charge a higher rate and no guarantee with a supplied part.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Wish GTOmike had just bought another GTO! basically no faith in the korean engineering...seems like they are shootin' for the cheapest solution to any problem...kinda the opposite of Mercedes-

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

g.morin' fellas. I was just guessing except only thing I did was look up the price of the bearing

Also $60 is light where I live also. More like $80.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

So, I'm wrong...no problem, could not have seen the 'bolt-in' outer race, brand-new to me...think this adds to the cost vs press in which has no fiddly bolts-

You do have to pull the drive axle out, and fit it with a new retaining C clip, of course the CV boots are going to need inspection, else get grease all over your hands when you handle them...this could increase the cost substantially...possibly the tie rod will have to be hammered loose and maybe the tie rod end is due for replacement too...tough to estimate this job...unforseen expenses.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Oh, the good old days, nostalgia creeping in. I could change the front wheel bearings on some cars I had circa 1970 in a half hour each. Or less. Well, not including getting the wheel/tire off.

I burned up a wheel bearing on a boat trailer one time, middle of the desert not far from Baker Ca. I always carried spares. I changed it in 20 minutes, I knew a trick about getting the old race off. Hit it with a ball peen hammer and it will shatter, no messing around trying to get it off. And I never put my wheels in the water, I would rather fight getting the boat off and on, it was only a 17' ChrisCraft.

GTOMike, you still around? We really would like to know how you determined the bearings are bad..yoohooo

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
90,055

I remember those boat trailers had those big dust caps that had grease fittings in the end. Living in the Finger Lakes Area of NY, I often see trailers on the side of the road. New people learning the joys of bearing maintenance.

Got THAT right! Exactly why I always had spares, no way was I going to leave my boat unattended. I even made my (then) wife sit in the boat when it happened once before, when I used to drown the trailer and not carry spares. That's probably why she is an ex now

"Guy's gotta have water on the brain, to own a boat" -daffy duck

10

OK good answers ! The bearings are humming more than a 42nd street hooker ! I know what a bad bearing sound like , however this is NOT my car , I never owned a foriegn car & never will ! My GTO is a 65 and built well . I priced the bearings at auto zone & they are timken bearings for about $65 each . @ Bob why would the axles have to come out when i can just remove the spindle & just tie the axle in place so it doesn't rip the seal. the boots and joints are in good shape. And yes some bearings are bolted in like the ones on my GMC Jimmy which i did last year. & no i did not take the axles out of that either . OK so if i charge $200 labor , to do this job ,that would be a more than fair price ! Thanks guys !

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Optima

Looking for a Used Optima in your area?

CarGurus has 30,009 nationwide Optima listings starting at $2,000.

ZIP:

Search Kia Optima Questions

Kia Optima Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 900
#2 kc07kia
kc07kia
Reputation 380
#3 James Warner
James Warner
Reputation 360
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Hyundai Sonata
965 Great Deals out of 49,865 listings starting at $700
Used Honda Accord
1,228 Great Deals out of 77,867 listings starting at $969
Used Nissan Altima
1,126 Great Deals out of 84,825 listings starting at $695
Used Toyota Camry
1,495 Great Deals out of 100,431 listings starting at $700
Used Honda Civic
1,155 Great Deals out of 66,086 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Maxima
430 Great Deals out of 25,098 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,124 Great Deals out of 79,772 listings starting at $2,495
Used Kia Sorento
584 Great Deals out of 33,996 listings starting at $1,999
Used Hyundai Elantra
905 Great Deals out of 53,073 listings starting at $1,799
Used Mazda MAZDA6
224 Great Deals out of 14,496 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Impala
965 Great Deals out of 36,457 listings starting at $1,800

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Kia Optima For Sale
30 Great Deals out of 17,057 listings starting at $13,098
2015 Kia Optima For Sale
124 Great Deals out of 3,816 listings starting at $9,941
2014 Kia Optima For Sale
88 Great Deals out of 2,201 listings starting at $8,695
2013 Kia Optima For Sale
209 Great Deals out of 3,977 listings starting at $7,500
2012 Kia Optima For Sale
59 Great Deals out of 1,086 listings starting at $6,476