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How much does it cost to replace a wheel hub assembly?

The average wheel bearing replacement cost is $430 to $530+ with $320 for parts and $150 for mechanic labor. Remember, these are just average costs. Exact prices can vary depending on factors like your mechanic and your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a wheel hub assembly? It takes most certified mechanics about 2 hours to do the repairs. An experienced technician may be able to do the replacement in half the time, saving you on labor costs. 
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my wheel hub assembly and how much do those parts cost?

The wheel hub assembly actually consists of bearings, a hub, a rotor, a seal, and a drive shaft. A full wheel assembly usually costs between $400 and $550, but it’s often just the bearings that need to be replaced. Whether it’s just the bearings or the full assembly, this isn’t a beginner DIY project, but your mechanic will start with these components, depending on your vehicles hub-assembly and drivetrain configuration:
  1. Front-wheel bearings—traditional cone or roller (two-wheel drive (2WD)): The simplest and least expensive to service and replace, traditional cone or roller style bearings are found on older 2WD vehicles. These are usually serviced or replaced when rotors are removed for a brake job, and generally cost around $6 to $20 each. 
  2. Front-wheel bearings—traditional cone or roller (four-wheel drive (4WD)): While just as inexpensive to buy as their 2WD counterparts, hub assemblies for these 4WD vehicles are more complicated, so their service is best left to professionals. Together with labor costs, service for this style hub assembly can run from $80 to $160 or more per side.
  3. Front-wheel bearings—hub style: Most modern vehicles, regardless of drivetrain, use complete-unit or hub style hub bearings. Basic hub bearings can cost as little as $80, but those with ABS sensors built in can cost upwards of $300 for a replacement.
  4. Front-wheel bearings—pressed-on unit: If your vehicle is produced by a German or Japanese manufacturer, you may have a pressed-on unit. In these hub assemblies, the entire steering knuckle must be removed for service, which makes this a job best left to the pros. The new wheel bearings themselves are quite cheap at only about $25 to $50, but labor and repair costs can run you upwards of $400.
  5. Rear-wheel bearings: Typically, 2WD vehicles today use the same bearings on the front and rear wheels. However, vans, trucks, and older rear-wheel drive (RWD) cars feature rear wheel bearings housed in a solid rear drive axle. These bearings usually cost around $25 to $50, but the labor to replace them can take up to 4 hours, making them some of the most expensive hub assemblies to service.
Even with more simple cone or roller-bearing hub assemblies, service and maintenance may be best left to the pros—unless you have a fully stocked garage. Tools typically used in hub assembly replacement include:
  1. Floor jack and jack stands 
  2. Drive ratchet set
  3. Drive socket set
  4. Drive torque wrench
  5. Drive breaker bar
  6. Drive wheel socket set
  7. Allen wrench set
  8. Axle nut socket set
  9. Hammer
  10. Combination wrench set
  11. Flashlight
  12. Pry bar
We recommend purchasing parts at local auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, as well as online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. We also recommend reputable brands such as Timken, Moog, and SKF are recommended for wheel hub assembly components, ensuring proper wheel bearing function and stability for your vehicle. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
When replacing your wheel hub assembly, you should opt for OEM parts. OEM parts are typically more expensive than aftermarket parts, but they are made to perfectly fit your vehicle’s specifications, and they typically come with warranties.
You can purchase parts for your wheel hub assembly replacement from auto body shops or auto parts shops like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts and O'Reilly Auto Parts. For OEM parts, you can go directly to your vehicle’s manufacturer or dealership, and for aftermarket parts, you can buy from online sources like Amazon, RockAuto, and aftermarket auto parts shops.

Where can I get my wheel hub assembly replaced?

If you don’t have a mechanic in your contacts list, we’re here to help! Use Jerry's
GarageGuard™
, our free maintenance app, which can help you compare costs from over 2,500 vetted repair shops in the US. 
Instead of heading to the nearest dealership service center, use Jerry's GarageGuard™ app to compare estimates from all of your available options. The app uses real hourly labor rates to compare fair price estimates, so you can make an informed choice when it comes to choosing an auto repair shop. Plus, you’ll get real reviews to help you decide.
Take a look at some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
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Tire Rescue On The Go, LLC
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4400 South 13th Street, Milwaukee, WI
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$59.99
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Franklin Auto Repair
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133 McAleer Rd, Pittsburgh, PA
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$89.95
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Midas Auto Experts - Tuscon
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3621 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ
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$120
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Innovative Auto Solutions
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4135 Jackie Rd SE #101, Rio Rancho, NM
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my wheel hub assembly?

A certified mechanic will use a jack to raise up your vehicle to get a good look at each wheel well. If these diagnostics reveal the wheel hub assembly is bad, these are the steps they’ll take to replace it:
  • Remove the wheel from the wheel hub assembly
  • Investigate parts of the wheel hub assembly for signs of wear or damage
  • Remove the wheel hub assembly
  • Install a new wheel hub assembly and reattach the wheel
  • Road test the car for freely turning tires, proper braking (ABS), and front hub operation  

What happens if I don’t replace the wheel hub assembly?

If you suspect your wheels need new hub assemblies or you have a damaged wheel bearing, don’t wait! You risk worse damage to your vehicle the longer you continue to drive. Here are a few issues that come from driving with failing wheel hub assemblies:
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Transmission stress
  • The steering wheel feels loose or wobbles 
  • Increased difficulty driving
  • The wheels may come off of the vehicle

What is a wheel hub assembly?

The wheel hub assembly is made up of the bearings, hub, rotor, seal, and drive shaft. These work together to keep your wheels attached to the vehicle and allow the wheels to turn easily so you can steer. 
Your car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS) and traction control system (TCS) also rely on the wheel hub assembly. The assemblies house the wheel speed sensors that communicate with these safety systems.

When should I replace the wheel hub assembly on my car?

Bad wheel bearings
or a failing wheel hub assembly will give you lots of signs that it’s time to replace them. Here are symptoms to watch out for:
  1. Lower fuel efficiency
  2. Rusted bearings or missing bolts
  3. Inability to turn the wheels
  4. Illuminated ABS light
  5. Difficulty using the brakes or ABS failure
  6. Loose or unresponsive steering
  7. A hissing, grinding, or screeching noise from the front wheel bearing 
  8. The vehicle pulls to one side

How often should a wheel hub assembly be replaced?

If the wheel bearing and hub assembly are sealed, they should last between 85,000 and 100,000 miles. The lifespan of open bearings requiring regular maintenance is 25,000 to 30,000 miles.

Can I replace the hub assemblies myself?

You might be hoping to save money by replacing the wheel hub assembly yourself, but since it’s such a vital and intricate component, it’s best to hire a certified mechanic. Plus, they’ll have all the specialized tools and equipment to get the job done quickly.

FAQs

It’s very dangerous to drive without fully-functional wheel assemblies because you could suddenly lose the ability to steer.
You’ll hear a rumbling or grinding noise if you’re turning or driving over 15 miles per hour. Some drivers note that they hear a growling or squealing sound coming from a failing bearing. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell the difference between a bad hub assembly and uneven tire wear.
Overloading your car, installing the wheel axle nut too tight or too loose, lack of lubrication, and impact can all damage the wheel hub assembly components. For instance, hitting an object or pothole can damage the assembly.
Drive slowly and cautiously—don’t go over 40 mph, and avoid making sharp turns. Keep the weight evenly distributed throughout your vehicle. Now is the time for your best driving skills!

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