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Rear Wheel Bearings Need Repair (how much)

It is time for me to fix my rear wheel bearings and I wanted to know if anyone would have a ballpark estimate of how much it will cost. I have a 2003 Nissan Micra front wheel drive. I think it may be the rear passenger side, but I am just assuming it is both. Just wanted to have an idea before I take it in.
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Old 18.03.2012, 11:53
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It is time for me to fix my rear wheel bearings and I wanted to know if anyone would have a ballpark estimate of how much it will cost. I have a 2003 Nissan Micra front wheel drive. I think it may be the rear passenger side, but I am just assuming it is both. Just wanted to have an idea before I take it in.
Try ATU, almost certanly just 1 is noisy 2-300 should do it. Going to France or Germany & getting it done whilst you wait.

You can work out which one it is by turning the wheel left and right, when it goes quiet it's the one on the other side, i.e the non loaded one.
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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings Need Repair (how much)

sure its the bearings? unless the car has had a really hard life i would be surprised if it was.

tyres with low tread or old hard tyres can make similar sounds
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Old 18.03.2012, 13:58
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sure its the bearings? unless the car has had a really hard life i would be surprised if it was.

tyres with low tread or old hard tyres can make similar sounds
I find wheel bearings can get noisy after 100,000 km, the car in question is 9 years old so very likely has driven a reasonable distance.
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true but still i wouldnt expect it to be the bearing but anything is possible
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Old 18.03.2012, 15:19
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It is time for me to fix my rear wheel bearings and I wanted to know if anyone would have a ballpark estimate of how much it will cost. I have a 2003 Nissan Micra front wheel drive. I think it may be the rear passenger side, but I am just assuming it is both. Just wanted to have an idea before I take it in.
What do you want done? We had issues with a wheel bearing in Kiwiland that stopped our car getting a warrant. The guy in the garage put it on the lift, tightened the hub nut and dropped it back down. Took five minutes and he didn't even charge - treated it as advertising! Passed it's warrant no worries. Hub was only loose, but the bearing wasn't shot. Just make sure you know what needs to be done before someone takes you to the cleaners.
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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings Need Repair (how much)

THe reason is suspect bearing is that the car now has 115,000 km on it and last year my wife's Honda Civic with around the same miles made almost the exact same sound and it was the bearings. It only cost me 125 USD, but that w in the US and I know how different the price structure is here regarding auto repair. My tires are pretty good and have good tread, so I don't think that is the issue. Would it be best to simply state that fact that I hear the noise and not mention that I think it may be bearings?
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Old 18.03.2012, 16:54
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THe reason is suspect bearing is that the car now has 115,000 km on it and last year my wife's Honda Civic with around the same miles made almost the exact same sound and it was the bearings. It only cost me 125 USD, but that w in the US and I know how different the price structure is here regarding auto repair. My tires are pretty good and have good tread, so I don't think that is the issue. Would it be best to simply state that fact that I hear the noise and not mention that I think it may be bearings?
If you steer strongly left & right does the noise dissapear in 1 direction & is worse in the other, if so then 99% chance wheel bearing. If you carry on driving it will get louder......
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Old 18.03.2012, 18:36
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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings Need Repair (how much)

Yes, if I turn to the right, meaning I put the weight on the back left tire, the noise reduces a bit.
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Old 18.03.2012, 18:41
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Yes, if I turn to the right, meaning I put the weight on the back left tire, the noise reduces a bit.
It's the back right one thats gone.
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sure its the bearings? unless the car has had a really hard life i would be surprised if it was.

tyres with low tread or old hard tyres can make similar sounds
That's not always true. I had a car in the uk that had maybe 40-50k miles and the bearing went. The car was driven in town all it's life. I think it was all the roundabouts that killed the bearing.
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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings Need Repair (how much)

go to atu - they have a free suspension brake check - ask them to check for the noise.
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That's not always true. I had a car in the uk that had maybe 40-50k miles and the bearing went. The car was driven in town all it's life. I think it was all the roundabouts that killed the bearing.

50k thats crap.. wouldnt be happy about that at all.
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That's not always true. I had a car in the uk that had maybe 40-50k miles and the bearing went. The car was driven in town all it's life. I think it was all the roundabouts that killed the bearing.

50k thats crap.. wouldnt be happy about that at all. it wasnt french by any chance?
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Old 18.03.2012, 22:00
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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings Need Repair (how much)

Makes perfect sense since this car has been used in this village from it's original purchase owner, so it has had to make the very windy and steep decent and ascent from the valley up here. So it seems like I could be looking at a couple of hundred chuffs....that is not too bad....for CH at least
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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings Need Repair (how much)

Front wheel bearings went on a 60k km Nissan X-Trail
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Makes perfect sense since this car has been used in this village from it's original purchase owner, so it has had to make the very windy and steep decent and ascent from the valley up here. So it seems like I could be looking at a couple of hundred chuffs....that is not too bad....for CH at least
A perished seal will kill any bearing. With older cars, the rubber failing is often the killer. Age, getting brittle, reactions with the grease, or heat from braking down long hills can cause the seals to harden and fail early, letting in grit which then causes very rapid wear.
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50k thats crap.. wouldnt be happy about that at all. it wasnt french by any chance?
Haha, it was a Renault
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Re: Rear Wheel Bearings Need Repair (how much)

We have a 2006 Nissan Xtrail with 55k km that we bought from a coworker when we moved here in March 2012. It recently started making a noise so we brought it into the Nissan Dealer iService Department in Geneva. They told us the front left wheel bearing is going out and the cost to replace is.....850chf!

Replacement part costs 700chf
Labor 150chf

Does this sound totally off to anyone? If so, any affordable garage recommendations in the Geneva area?
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**Correction, bought car in March 2013, barely even drive the thing, which adds to my frustration with this quoted charge!
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