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cybervic

Front wheel Bearing Issues & Cost

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Hi everyone, I'm a newbie here, have decided to look for a Prius Gen 2 to see how it's like before investing heavily on a newer model. I have came across a car that has full stamps from Toyota deals since new but no documents at all. It drive ok apart from a wheel bearing noise which upon checking the MOT history, there's an advisory item said "Nearside Front Front wheel bearing has slight play (2.5.A.3c)" since last year.

Despite being told by the seller that I could just leave the noise as it is, I still prefer to get it sort out (if I'm to get the car), so I wonder if someone knows how much it cost to replace it either at local garage or with Toyota Dealer? Could it cause any other damage as the bearing wasn't 100% since 8 month ago?

Thanks.

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I had a front wheel bearing issue with my previous '07 Gen II.
I thought the noise came from the nearside front, but when checked it was actually the offside front. Bearings don't get better on their own, and if they are on the way out they will eventually fail.
I bit the bullet and replaced both, as I was travelling a fairly long commute at the time and didn't want any problems on the road.
IIRC, the bearings can't be replaced by themselves (unless you have special equipment to do such a job), and you have to replace the whole hub. I can't remember the exact price, but for Toyota it wasn't that frightening.

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Hi Vicky,

A Prius Gen 2 is going to be over 8years old if not even older. You have to expect wear & tear on vehicles of this age. Although I've never had a wheel bearing go on a Toyota if it's making a noise especially if I remember right, it starts to hum you'd be wise to get it changed immediately because if it should collapse especially at speed I'd hate to think of what would happen to you, the car & third parties that may be innocently involved potentially, in a horrendous crash! That said, changing a wheel bearing really is bread & butter work to a garage & shouldn't cost that much to do. I certainly suggest you use a Toyota garage to get the job done & they'll be able to tell you how much it will cost before you go ahead & purchase the vehicle. 

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Play in the front wheel bearings also causes the brake disk to wobble and push the brake pads out a bit, which can cause the vehicle to veer to one side on braking.

New bearings are around £40

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Possibly not the best looked after car by the sound of things. If it we're me and the owner had left a noisy wheel bearing, plus just a load of meaningless stamps in a book with no paperwork for service history I'd be looking for another used purchase

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Paperwork indicates a genuine car Vicky.....up to a point the dealer stamps have some gravitas, but it isn't too difficult to know a friendly workshop guy who might do the stamps on the side.

 As has been said, wheel bearings are bread & butter for most workshops, but I am sure that there are some cars of that age with caring owners, now selling for a newer car, AND full set of documents.

This car could be a grey import

Keep looking.........

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Think its between £400 - £500 to replace one wheel bearing a couple years back, but cant remember 100%. The Toyota dealer can give a rough quote.

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Thank you guys, I did call up Toyota and they have been helpful enough to confirm the services had been carried out with them. They don't have service reports in their computer but has past repair invoices says brake discs and a 12v battery were replaced within the last 3 years.

My local garage which is Japanese car specialist has quoted £280 but most of it are labour because Toyota book says its a 2.5 hours job.  He think it should be about an hour job but he can't be sure until the wheel is taken down. The seller however is quite adement that it doesn't really need doing and would only cost less than £100 so wouldn't budge on price.

I think I'm just going to leave it, just too much complication. I will try to look for one with proper history records. Thanks again. 

 

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