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Old 06-06-2016, 03:08 PM   #1
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"Book Hours" for a front wheel bearing/control arm

Just had the front driver's side wheel bearing and control arm replaced at a local garage and got a bill for 7 hours. While I am no mechanic I have been around cars my entire life and have done bearings in other cars over the years and they take only a couple of hours. Am I really off base thinking that 7 hours is excessive

Does anyone have a link to "book hours" from ford directly. I have not had any luck.

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That's crazy. Did my complete front end. Both control arms bearings etc. 4hrs and that's without a Lift. You Been Robbed Blinfolded.
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That's crazy. Did my complete front end. Both control arms bearings etc. 4hrs and that's without a Lift. You Been Robbed Blinfolded.

Yeah, I am not a happy customer at all. Even with the parts being old and the bearing being more or less fused into the knuckle I still cannot wrap my head around 7 hours! Needless to say I will NEVER use this garage again, nor will I ever recommend that anyone I know or ever talk to goes to them. All for billing me a few extra hours. Lesson learned.
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Call around and see what other shops say. A shop booked my clutch for 5 hours... and it was there for two days.

I've done a few Focus bearings and never was anywhere near 7 hours, and we didnt even have a press, just a bearing pressing kit.
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The office manager said that they reached out to the owner and he said that since I supplied the bearing (which supposedly was the wrong one) that it was a total of 7 hours. Yet, they had the car for 8 days (on the lift since it was torn down) They tried to press the old bearing out and broke the knuckle, which I was charged for the new one...I might add. Then I get the car back and the ABS and Traction Control light were on, they tell me another 175.00 for the ABS part. BTW, there was NO lights on when I dropped the car off. I think that they are just pissed because they tied up the time with the car on the lift so I should have to pay for it....UGH.
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Hacker mechanic.
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The office manager said that they reached out to the owner and he said that since I supplied the bearing (which supposedly was the wrong one) that it was a total of 7 hours. Yet, they had the car for 8 days (on the lift since it was torn down) They tried to press the old bearing out and broke the knuckle, which I was charged for the new one...I might add. Then I get the car back and the ABS and Traction Control light were on, they tell me another 175.00 for the ABS part. BTW, there was NO lights on when I dropped the car off. I think that they are just pissed because they tied up the time with the car on the lift so I should have to pay for it....UGH.
They broke the sensor by NOT taking it out before removing the bearing. This is a very common error among DIYers. Get the book hours then take them to small claims court. Best of luck to you.
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Possibly installed bearing backwards.
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ya pasta that was my guess as well.
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Had same promblem before.
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