New bearing or steering knuckle?

Hwycruiser

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 27, 2014
Location
DFW, Texas
TDI
2002 Black Golf GLS
I have a bad front wheel bearing and also need suspension rebuilt. So I will be having a pro shop replace struts, etc. I have read that the front bearings can be difficult to replace. Would I save the labor cost by just getting new steering knuckles with the bearings already installed? If I have to pay an hour + of labor plus the cost of a bearing, seems it would add up about the same.
 

Curious Chris

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Jun 11, 2001
Location
Pineview GA
TDI
Jetta Wagon 2003 RIP Rockford IL
Ah yes I have replace front wheel bearings a few times on my cars and it is not difficult but time consuming. You an buy a front hub with bearing installed for like $90. Having said that if they remove the steering nuckle to get the strut out it would be a walk in the park to remove and replace the bearing.
 

Powder Hound

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Oct 25, 1999
Location
Under a Bridge, Crestview, FL, USA
TDI
'00 Golf 4dr White 5sp, '02 Jettachero 5sp, Wife's '03 NB Platinum Gray auto(!)
The best way would be to ask the shop for the price difference. They would be able to give you the bottom line for both methods.

Doing it yourself you can save by just swapping out the bearing, but having a shop do the whole operation - well, they're the ones that are in control of that.

Cheers,

PH
 
Top