I was just told by a representative that I'm going to need a new wheel bearing replaced on the front right side along with the racket pinion, and ball joints. I'm looking for a good inexpensive mechanic that will work on the for much less than the price they are trying to charge me which is more than I paid for the car. What exactly would this type of work consist of that it would be so expensive?
Front Wheel Bearing Leak/ Racket Pinion Upper Ball Joint on 1993 Acura Legend
by Ms. Adrienne in Albuquerque, NM on July 14, 2009
ANSWER by patrick mannion on July 14, 2009
The front wheel bearing is a cartridge type wheel bearing and requires the hub being taken off the car and bearing pressed in to the hub, ball joint done at this time will be cheaper to get done as it would not be a duplication of labor (the steering knuckle will be removed from the car). The steering rack and pinion (pronounce it right when you are shopping around for prices so you don't seem in experienced). Did the shop that inspected your car prioritize or tell you how urgently this work needs to be done? If you feel steering vibration or hear a rumbling noise from the wheel on cornering the wheel bearing is bad. If you have to top up the steering oil resivor the leak is bad enough that the steering leak needs to be fixed but if it only requires topping up every couple of months then I would ask how urgent they think this work needs to be carried out from a safety point of view. Buy a bottle of Acura compatable power steering fluid to have in your car it is specific to Acura and Honda cars different that other Asian, European and US cars. Shop around for prices but bear in mind low price is not always a promise of quality workmanship. Feel comfortable with who you trust to work on your car.