Carrier Bearing Replacement Cost

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The average cost for a carrier bearing replacement is between $268 and $355. Labor costs are estimated between $131 and $167 while parts are priced between $137 and $188. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.

How does the Driveshaft Support Bearing work?

The carrier bearing, a.k.a. driveshaft support bearing, literally carries the weight of the drive shaft, and prevents the two-part drive shaft from flexing and spinning wildly when power is driving the shaft. This is how: the bearing is pressed onto the driveshaft where the two halves meet, and the outside of the bearing is contained in a rubberized vibration reducing material. Finally, that entire assembly is bolted to the bottom of the vehicle, preventing the drive shaft from moving, but allowing it to rotate freely with the inner race of the bearing.

What are the symptoms of a bad Driveshaft Support Bearing?

Vibrations, noises, and rapid banging are all common when the carrier bearing fails, and the type of alert provided to the driver depends on the type of failure. If the vibration damping material which separates the bearing from the housing wears down, there will likely be a driveline vibration felt throughout the vehicle until the vehicle is stopped, and a clunk may develop as the rubberized damper breaks down further. If the damper is completely worn out or the housing breaks, there will be loud banging against the floor of the vehicle, and this will be enough to make the driver pull over to check for the cause or even disable the vehicle. Lastly, a howling or grinding noise that seems to correlate to vehicle speed may be heard, and this noise will increase with severity and change pitch over time. This would indicate the bearing portion of the assembly has failed.

Can I drive with a bad Driveshaft Support Bearing?

A worn carrier bearing facing any of the mentioned symptoms must be replaced right away. In many cases, the vehicle can be driven to a repair facility, however, if the drive shaft is moving too freely there is a great chance of causing further damage through driving or towing with the wheels on the ground.

How often do Driveshaft Support Bearings need replacement?

Carrier bearings tend to last into the early 100,000 mile range. They are subject to the abuse of the engine and transmission, every bump in the road, and jerking motions of acceleration and braking in stop-and-go traffic. Modern bearings are tough, but will generally fail at some point. Most often, the vibration dampening material which encases the bearing and sits in the carrier bearing housing is the point of failure. Even if a vehicle were driven only a few miles per year, dry rot would eventually wear on the carrier bearing vibration damper, causing play in the two-piece driveshaft.

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