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    • weezypoos
    • By weezypoos 30th Dec 10, 12:23 PM
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    How much to replace a Focus wheel bearing?
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    • 30th Dec 10, 12:23 PM
    How much to replace a Focus wheel bearing? 30th Dec 10 at 12:23 PM
    Firstly, I know NOTHING about cars but I do know that the screaming noise coming from my Ford Focus is more than likely the wheel bearing. It's the front passenger side and my local garage has quoted me around 180 to fix it. Now this seems quite expensive to me but what do I know? lol

    I just wondered if anyone more technically minded could let me know if this sounds about right before I book it in.

    Many thanks all and Happy Christmas and New Year!!
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  • Rossy.
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    • 30th Dec 10, 12:25 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 12:25 PM
    Bearing will probably be up to 30 from a local motor factors.

    I've done them myself before but it's not easy as they they generally have to be "pressed" in. I did this by using the old bearing and a hammer but that's me and my meadling ways.

    It sounds expensive though
    • weezypoos
    • By weezypoos 30th Dec 10, 12:32 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 12:32 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 12:32 PM
    Thanks, its just an idea I'm after, I have been ripped off before through not researching so lesson learnt.

    I know garages will vary slightly but if its tonnes more expensive then I shall look elsewhere.

    Thanks again.
    • mark5
    • By mark5 30th Dec 10, 2:10 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 2:10 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 2:10 PM
    I had one changed on a 55 plate Fiesta and the part alone was about 60 from Ford.
  • newbie007
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    • 30th Dec 10, 2:18 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 2:18 PM
    My decent mechanic charge 50 labour for it. Buy the part, find a local mechanic who should not charge more than 80 labour.
  • Gene_Hunt
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    • 30th Dec 10, 2:22 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 2:22 PM
    My decent mechanic charge 50 labour for it. Buy the part, find a local mechanic who should not charge more than 80 labour.
    Originally posted by newbie007
    Nudge, nudge.

    How much does he charge for car repairs?
    • ROY47
    • By ROY47 30th Dec 10, 5:23 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 5:23 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 5:23 PM
    Firstly, I know NOTHING about cars but I do know that the screaming noise coming from my Ford Focus is more than likely the wheel bearing. It's the front passenger side and my local garage has quoted me around 180 to fix it.
    Originally posted by weezypoos
    are you sure it's the wheel bearing ? they make more of a droning /humming noise when their worn and if it's the passenger side ,does the noise get quieter on right hand bends when the weight comes off slightly ?

    could be a stone stuck behind the disc catching the dust plate ?
  • goldspanners
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    • 30th Dec 10, 5:53 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 5:53 PM
    one of the rear wheel bearings collapsed when i was doing the brakes, i got a genuine ford bearing kit for around 30,found that the bearing needed to be pressed into the rear drum after i took a chunk out of the bearing.
    went back to frod dealer and bought a rear brake drum with new bearings already pressed in it for 80. easy enough to fit myself.
    ...work permit granted!
  • Kilty
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    • 30th Dec 10, 6:51 PM
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    • 30th Dec 10, 6:51 PM
    I did this by using the old bearing and a hammer
    Originally posted by Rossy.


    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer
    • KonkyWonky
    • By KonkyWonky 30th Dec 10, 6:56 PM
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    are you sure it's the wheel bearing ? they make more of a droning /humming noise when their worn and if it's the passenger side ,does the noise get quieter on right hand bends when the weight comes off slightly ?

    could be a stone stuck behind the disc catching the dust plate ?
    Originally posted by ROY47
    I'd go with this although sealed bearings can scream if the lubricant has got out but it is fairly rare.

    Might be as little as your dust plate needing greased with copperslip.
    • katebl
    • By katebl 31st Dec 10, 1:38 AM
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    Hi weezypoos (great username!), for my tuppence worth just to let you know I recently paid 130 for a front wheel bearing on a Fiesta, have you jacked the car up to see if the noise continues with the brake applied to rule out the disc rub, also when raised there should be no play in the wheel (i.e. back and forth movement pushing it into the car and pulling it towards you, this I have been told is a pretty sure sign if it's a bearing), and generally when you're turning in the opposite direction the noise should be slightly louder, is this all the case?

    (Random bits of info I have picked up from my mechanic, hope this helps!)
  • Rossy.


    If in doubt, hit it with a hammer
    Originally posted by Kilty
    Precisely.. Work's a treat!
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