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Old 06-11-2010, 09:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, new to forum, don't own an SS, but my niece does. She recently curb shot her two passenger side rims () and was told that she needed new wheel bearings. Cost for this repair was over $500 including parts, and I am having a hard time understanding this...

I have done bearings on old cars (70's and 60's) in the past and am trying to understand if there is something significantly different with the SS which would justify this expense. Anything weird going on with the SS that would justify this kind of expense? Any special tools? I have not taken the wheels off so don't know if I am getting in over my head. Anyone got any best known methods if so?

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What year SS? (RWD or FWD?) Makes a HUGE difference in price.

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It is 2004.

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FWD. Bend over and pay at the counter.

[FWD bearings are whole sealed assemblies with a hub built in. It's not the cheap little part that you remember. On the bright side, you don't have to grease them.]

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Front wheel bearing assembly for those is $90-150ish from a parts store without shop labor or markup and you said front and rear. So that price does not surprise me one bit.

You really need to be specific on the year of the car too. Since this forum targets all generations of Impala there is a HUGE range of mechanical variation.

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Ok, so as RMC above suggested, I was expecting to replace bearings, not the whole sealed hub assembly... Fortunately, there were a couple of utube videos on how to do this, so I got some really clear ideas on how it needs to be done. It did take me several hours, but then again, I have no power tools or any conveniences, so it was all manual. Not too hard a job to do...
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