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Wheel Bearing Blues

2004 S60 R, 51K miles (Mash's former car). After taking a day trip last week, I really began to notice she was a startin' to hum in the rear; dissipates with leftward turn of the steering wheel. After spending quite a bit of time researching this (and expecting it to happen, based on frequency of reports) on here, I was 99% sure it was the left rear hub assembly. Went in to Brentwood for an oil change + front foglamp replacement this morning, and asked they also check the bevel/angle gear and rear bearings. Bevel gear is fine, left rear bearing is shot (big surprise). Cost of bearing diagnoses = 1 hour of labor, $133 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> . Estimate cost to fix:<p>2 hours labor @ $133/hour = $266 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>LR hub assy @ $195 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> .<p>Tonight, I might have a couple of <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> and if this is the only thing that craps out for a while, a <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"> at the end of the year.
 

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Re: Wheel Bearing Blues (BeerEngineer)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>BeerEngineer</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yeah, but if it were an angle gear, it could have been so much more...<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>How much do angle gears usually cost for replacement? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>juve021</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">why is this thread called angle gear blues if the issue is with your hub?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>My thoughts exactly.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>juve021</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">why is this thread called angle gear blues if the issue is with your hub?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>My bad. Not enough sleep last night, and the two issues were on my mind, and after I caught the goof I hit the edit button, but the change only appears when you open up the posting.
 

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Re: (scootss60)

Angle gear + labor through warranty or 3rd party warranty= $2100.<br>Angle gear + labor out of warranty = $2500-3000
 

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Angle gear if you DIY about $1800
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mpdbrown</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Angle gear + labor through warranty or 3rd party warranty= $2100.<br>Angle gear + labor out of warranty = $2500-3000</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Geeeeeez.. My car is out of warranty; fingers are crossed it stays "fine" for quite some time. Is it true failures are less common with the GT? As far as the wheel bearing, I expected at least one to go; it seems quite a few have on here right around the 50K mark. Since most of you are not from the St. Louis area, what did your dealers charge you to diagnose your bearings? Brentwood's $133 rate is higher than West County Volvo's $117, but my God - I'd be living high on the hog if I made even that per hour.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by scootss60 at 9:01 PM 4-7-2009</i>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scootss60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Geeeeeez.. My car is out of warranty; fingers are crossed it stays "fine" for quite some time. Is it true failures are less common with the GT? As far as the wheel bearing, I expected at least one to go; it seems quite a few have on here right around the 50K mark. Since most of you are not from the St. Louis area, what did your dealers charge you to diagnose your bearings? Brentwood's $133 rate is higher than West County Volvo's $117, but my God - I'd be living high on the hog if I made even that per hour.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Failures are less common with the 06-06 6 speed GT (TF-80SC). Other than that actual bevel gear failures are rare, but the collar gear that connects the bevel gear to the transmission is a common failure. You need to replace that ASAP when it breaks or else it can chew up the input shaft on your bevel gear.
 

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my entire angle/bevel gear had to be replaced.<p>exactly what is the cause of this whole unit needing to be replaced?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Chazwr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">My local dealer took $450 (P+L) to replace rear hub. If (when) another goes it's DIY for sure.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Did they charge you to diagnose it? I guess I was a little surprised they charged me an hour labor. Maybe they assume I have a lot of money <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by scootss60 at 8:46 PM 4-8-2009</i>
 
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