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    Re: How to tell when bearings are starting to go out?

    Each dealer is going to be different but probably all in the same ballpark. My '09 DTS just had both front bearings replaced under the powertrain warranty at 62k miles. The service manager told me that the dealership charges in the neighborhood of $650 per bearing ($1300 for both).

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    Re: How to tell when bearings are starting to go out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew224 View Post
    Each dealer is going to be different but probably all in the same ballpark. My '09 DTS just had both front bearings replaced under the powertrain warranty at 62k miles. The service manager told me that the dealership charges in the neighborhood of $650 per bearing ($1300 for both).
    $1300 dollars is outrageous for replacing the front hubs and bearings.
    The hub and bearing is a little over 100 bucks each and with the right tools, you can replace it in an hour... EASY...
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    Re: How to tell when bearings are starting to go out?

    I just had my rt. front replaced at a non dealer garage here in Leesburg with a Timken for $159.95 + tax. Took about 40 min. including the test drive. For another $79.95 they did both front brakes.
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    Re: How to tell when bearings are starting to go out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superjim View Post
    $1300 dollars is outrageous for replacing the front hubs and bearings.
    The hub and bearing is a little over 100 bucks each and with the right tools, you can replace it in an hour... EASY...
    The question was how much does the dealership charge if you were paying out of pocket. Of course it's cheapest to do it yourself. Next cheapest is a small independent shop because they don't have the overhead that a dealer has.

    I don't think it's outrageous to pay more to have the dealership perform the work. Many people find good value in having an authorized dealership / repair center perform the repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew224 View Post

    The question was how much does the dealership charge if you were paying out of pocket. Of course it's cheapest to do it yourself. Next cheapest is a small independent shop because they don't have the overhead that a dealer has.

    I don't think it's outrageous to pay more to have the dealership perform the work. Many people find good value in having an authorized dealership / repair center perform the repairs.
    But half the time the monkeys at dealerships are young kids getting paid 10$ an hour. So you never know

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    Re: How to tell when bearings are starting to go out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew224 View Post
    The question was how much does the dealership charge if you were paying out of pocket. Of course it's cheapest to do it yourself. Next cheapest is a small independent shop because they don't have the overhead that a dealer has.

    I don't think it's outrageous to pay more to have the dealership perform the work. Many people find good value in having an authorized dealership / repair center perform the repairs.

    Dealer cost on the parts would be less than $300 bucks...
    So that means that you are willing to pay $1,000.00 dollars for AT MOST two hours work...
    Glad someone is willing to pay 'em $500 bucks an hour.... maybe that's what it takes for them to keep the doors open, I don't know.
    I won't be doing it...

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    Re: How to tell when bearings are starting to go out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superjim View Post
    Dealer cost on the parts would be less than $300 bucks...
    So that means that you are willing to pay $1,000.00 dollars for AT MOST two hours work...
    Glad someone is willing to pay 'em $500 bucks an hour.... maybe that's what it takes for them to keep the doors open, I don't know.
    I won't be doing it...
    Most dealership labor rate are set by 1) dealer training standard 96% and above. 2) CSI score 98 and above. 3) B15 claims. 4) The labor rate of 4 dealers in the area.5) the dealer facility’s new or remodeled 6) If they charge the same labor rate for both warranty and cash

    Dealers use the factory time for warranty work. For cash work they use Chilton’s and Motors or they take the factory time times 1.6. So ask what they go by or they can just make up a price for the job.

    We mostly hire young one’s that the dealership sponsors through the ASAP (The GM Automotive Service Educational Program). They end up with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology. They go to school 12 weeks and work at the dealership for 12 weeks. We pay them $16.00
    When thy work in the shop. After 2 years there fully GM trained and have all there ASE’S

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    National Tire and Battery in Janesville, Wisconsin tried to tell me that my bearings were going out (while they were putting new tyres on my car)! They offered to put new ones in $390 per side.

    I had them checked at the Dealer and they didn't need replacing! I have 154,000 on my '07 DTS!

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    Thanks to everyone for your responses. Looks like this is going to be my first big expense for January 2014.. :-\

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    Re: How to tell when bearings are starting to go out?

    Quote Originally Posted by ACVCTS View Post
    Thanks to everyone for your responses. Looks like this is going to be my first big expense for January 2014.. :-\
    They are not hard at all to replace your self... If you have basic tools...

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    Just had to replace both sides on the front on my 07,it started with a noise that got louder everyday...once I found out it was the wheel hub bearings it was an easy fix.

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    Re: How to tell when bearings are starting to go out?

    A good tech can change one in 20 mins.
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    Re: How to tell when bearings are starting to go out?

    I needed both mine replaced at 535XX miles. Driver was off 12 and Passenger 24 (or 25 can't remember) what ever that means but they said it was BAAADDDD. Selling dealer replaced under NYS Used car 60 day warranty.

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