My car only has 63,000 miles on it and after replacing a brokenpower steering line, my mechanic told me the front wheel bearing have to be replaced after listening to them with a stethescope. He quoted mme a $500 repair job. Does this sound right or is this a snow job on a 77yr young'lady"?THAnkyou
Front wheel bearings or "drive train" on 2002 Buick LeSabre
by Gram32 in Buffalo, NY on October 29, 2009
ANSWER by lawrenceg on October 30, 2009
You are smart to be suspicious, if the bearings are bad, they will be noisy while driving the vehicle at speeds over 20 MPH or so. Have you heard any rumbling or roaring noises from the wheel areas? It's not uncommon for wheel bearings to go out at this mileage, but the way this bearing issue was detected is a little suspicious. I would get a second opinion, possibly taking someone for a test drive to listen for a bad bearing.