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I have a 2012 AWD with 118K miles on it, and the front wheel bearings need to be replaced. The dealer's estimate was $1376. $1000 of that is labor. I have a decent set of tools and I do a lot of my own car work, and I'd like to save that $1000 labor by doing it myself, but I'm not sure if I want to tackle this job. I watched some youtube videos, and it looks as if you need a special tool to remove the hub, and then the new bearings need to be pressed in. There also appears to be a high risk of messing up the ABS sensors.

I was just wondering if anyone here has done this job at home, and how hard was it. Did you rent the special tools?

I was also wondering if I could buy the entire hub/bearing/upright assembly so that it's basically bolt-on. I guess I'd still need the tool to separate the hub from the axle though.
 

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I have a 2012 AWD with 118K miles on it, and the front wheel bearings need to be replaced. The dealer's estimate was $1376. $1000 of that is labor. I have a decent set of tools and I do a lot of my own car work, and I'd like to save that $1000 labor by doing it myself, but I'm not sure if I want to tackle this job. I watched some youtube videos, and it looks as if you need a special tool to remove the hub, and then the new bearings need to be pressed in. There also appears to be a high risk of messing up the ABS sensors.

I was just wondering if anyone here has done this job at home, and how hard was it. Did you rent the special tools?

I was also wondering if I could buy the entire hub/bearing/upright assembly so that it's basically bolt-on. I guess I'd still need the tool to separate the hub from the axle though.
The most I've paid for a private mechanic to change a wheel bearing on a VW was $220cdn a wheel. So 440cdn for both. Also it's rare for both to go out and you should only replace the side that is making the noise. There's no labour saved in doing both at the same time.

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Both wheel bearings went bad at the same time? I didn't start driving until 1962 and even though I drive 40,000+ per year, it has never happened to me. Most wheel bearings last the life of the car.
 

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I have a 2012 AWD with 118K miles on it, and the front wheel bearings need to be replaced. The dealer's estimate was $1376. $1000 of that is labor. I have a decent set of tools and I do a lot of my own car work, and I'd like to save that $1000 labor by doing it myself, but I'm not sure if I want to tackle this job. I watched some youtube videos, and it looks as if you need a special tool to remove the hub, and then the new bearings need to be pressed in. There also appears to be a high risk of messing up the ABS sensors.

I was just wondering if anyone here has done this job at home, and how hard was it. Did you rent the special tools?

I was also wondering if I could buy the entire hub/bearing/upright assembly so that it's basically bolt-on. I guess I'd still need the tool to separate the hub from the axle though.
My wife's 2012 2012 CRV AWD left front wheel bearing started making a worn bearing noise at 147,000 miles. The Honda factory bearing is designed for apx 100,000K miles of wear and we were lucky to get the higher mileage that we did. My dealer also wanted about $1300 for doing both front wheels (always replace both bearings when you have high mileage on the original bearings)

My non-dealer mechanic shop charged me $250 per wheel (labor/parts included - $500 total out the door) and he used a higher quality Timken bearing that will also be good for over 100K miles (do not use a Chinese made bearing – they are considerably lower in quality and you will only get 35 to 50K miles out of them). The bearings must be pressed on and replacement is mostly labor.

Concerning rear wheel Honda CRV bearings, that is a do it at home job and most mechanically inclined people can do those themselves in two hours (replace both rear bearing hubs - no press needed).
 

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i'm pretty sure the front wheel bearings are pressed on so it'd be a little hard for someone with basic tools. I doubt anyone would sell a complete knuckle but if there were any, it'd probably from a salvage yard and the bearings could potentially be the same as what you've already got; bad.
 

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I have a 2012 AWD with 118K miles on it, and the front wheel bearings need to be replaced. The dealer's estimate was $1376. $1000 of that is labor. I have a decent set of tools and I do a lot of my own car work, and I'd like to save that $1000 labor by doing it myself, but I'm not sure if I want to tackle this job. I watched some youtube videos, and it looks as if you need a special tool to remove the hub, and then the new bearings need to be pressed in. There also appears to be a high risk of messing up the ABS sensors.

I was just wondering if anyone here has done this job at home, and how hard was it. Did you rent the special tools?

I was also wondering if I could buy the entire hub/bearing/upright assembly so that it's basically bolt-on. I guess I'd still need the tool to separate the hub from the axle though.
Can get a wheel bearing press kit at harbor frieght for about $100.

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Also noticed Amazon has wheel bearing press kits for around $79. Haven't tried one but they have them.
 
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