Front Wheel Bearing

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  1. spitfire

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    Anyone had the above replaced and if so can you give me an idea of cost in the UK. It is a Fiat 1999.
     
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    From memory, I think I paid around £100 (maybe a little more) per wheel including labour.
     
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    !Achtung! Spitfire!!! (Sorry, couldn't resist:rolleyes:)

    The post from kaasbroodje above will, of course, have no bearing (oops) on the price you might pay in french France.
    There's something about a UK No. plate that does something to their price calculations.
    From posting on here the price seems to multiply to the astronomical.

    Good luck.
     
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    Was just curious as had one here and bill was around 600euro . We are French registered btw as we live here ! Going over Plymouth next month so wondered if the was any mileage ! In getting it done there. Is over 3.5 tonnes so don't k ow if that makes a difference . Was done in an Iveco truck garage here .
     
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    £200 inc vat and a "quality assured " bearing would be a tad on the dear side so slightly less would be about right
    £100 will get you an e-bay bearing smacked in with a lump hammer
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    Had 2 front wheel bearings replaced in Spain on a 2002 Ducato. I seem to remember it was about 500 euro. Only one wheel was faulty but had both done.

    Had one rear wheel bearing replaced in France and that was about 200 euro. It's an easier job to replace the rear bearing, apparently.
     
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    Yes indeed OH usually does work on the van himself but not this one !!! Which is why it went to the garage for no1 but just wondered if it would be cheaper to do the second in the UK as we are coming over :-(
    The other one is fine but better to get them both done ! Any recommendations for a garage near Plymouth which can do on over 3.5 tonnes.
     
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    Don't worry about doing both. It seems the OFF SIDE one always the problem, for some reason.
     
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    Ok and if you are LHD what do you consider the OFF SIDE lol ?
     
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    We had ours done recently at Dave Newells, http://davenewell.co.uk/
    Boy did he swear a lot!!:swear2: Both bearings where seized in and his 20 tonne press struggled but got there in the end. By the way he hates Defthleffs but he still does them anyway!! Mrs Newell said he nearly went home again when he saw our van waiting for him:imoutahere:

    Cannot reccommend him enough, a half day job turned into all day but he still stuck to the orginal quoted price. I know he's a bit far North for you but if you were thinking of going up country he's your man.
     
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    O/S is always nearest the road centre, no matter which side of the cab you sit on.
     
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    But driver on the left and we drive on the right ! So for a mere female facing the front of the van left or right .
     
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    The one nearest the steering wheel!!!!!!:Eeek: (heehehee!)


    I would always expect the wheel in the gutter to have the hardest life but it seems its not the case with Fiat Ducato?

    In your case I have no idea - I would have a listen.:clap2:
     
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    £279 for both on a 04 Ducato in May this year near P'boro - enough but plenty cheaper than main dealership.
    Apparently good quality bearings but how would I know.
     
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    To drag up an old post, my front offside wheel bearing has just gone again. Was starting to sound a bit rumbly, jacked the van up today and there's play in the front wheel (n)

    If it still had the original bearing when I got the van then that lasted about 24k miles / 8 years, the one I had done has then only lasted 8k miles / 2 years.

    The nearside is, as far as I know, still the original bearing and is still OK. Van is a Ducato X244 base on the 18 Maxi heavy duty chassis.

    It is bad how quickly these go, especially considering the size of the damn bearings! They're huge! Yes my van has a large overcab bed and the front axle runs at it's weight limit, but it should still do more than 8k miles on a wheel bearing.

    I'll be on the phone to Dave Newell in the morning - he's just down the road from me, I haven't got a press to do it myself, and I bet Dave does so many he can do them in his sleep!
     
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    I hope he has a 'Big un'!
    I would hope the bearing would last longer than 8K . Was it a good name bearing? Has been running dry? is there any signs it been hot?
     
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    To be honest, I don't know what bearing was put in last time - it was picked up at a service when I first got the van by a local garage. They're a good garage but what they used I don't know.

    I thought I could hear the bearing getting rumbly recently, but you know what it's like - it's a gradual change and the Ducato cab isn't the quietest anyway, even though I have added a Soundkiller kit to it. I jacked the van up just now and I can feel a bit of play if the wheel is gripped top & bottom, no sign of any movement in track rod ends, so with that and my thoughts that I can hear it rumbling, I'm sure it's the wheel bearing. No sign of it running hot that I can tell.

    The only other thing it could be linked to is I had to have a new driveshaft a little while ago - I had the clutch replaced and had a problem afterwards with the driveshaft seal on the gearbox leaking. New seal didn't cure it. Problem was that the driveshaft was corroded, no more than usual for a used van but with the gearbox having been off & on it wasn't quite sitting in the same place as before so the seal must have been just on the previously exposed part. New driveshaft cured it which would of course have meant disturbing the front hub - I can't imagine it would really affect the bearing though.
     
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    Typical scenario here would be,
    When clutch was done drive shaft found to be seized in hub / bearing so was left connected and dangling , which makes re fit difficult possibly causing seal damage ergo oil leak.
    new shaft ordered. again old shaft still seized to hub so out comes big hammer to belt shaft out hence premature failure of bearing
    Simple when you've been there:doh:
     
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    Hmmm - good point Geo, not thought of that. It's a pain in the arse whatever though! I'm on holiday in 3 weeks time so must get it sorted before then. Hopefully the new bearing will last much longer........
     
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