Having problems with your 2004 Mazda Tribute ?
I have a 2004 Mazda Tribute with a definite front wheel bearing issue.
Anyone know many labor hours a reasonable mechanic would take to do this task (on one side)? Also seems to me that since the wheel knuckle has to be removed it would be an opportune time to replace the half shaft. True?
Thank you in advance for your input and time.
\015\012This should only take an experienced suspension mechanic approx. 1 hour (providing there are no hiccups along the way). I would recommend taking to your local Suspension Specialist - they deal with these components everyday and are likely to do it the quickest.
\015\012As for the half shaft - these do not usually require replacement, unless the rubber boots are damaged or perished enough to allow dirt/grit to get into steering gear or CV's. This would be a good time however, to have any rubber boots replaced (quite cheap) if they show signs of aging or damage.
\015\012When any suspension components/ball joints are removed for servicing, it's a good idea to have 4-wheel alignment carried out as soon as possible.
1.1 hours to remove the steering knuckle, an additional 1 hour to replace the bearing, and yes you could replace the axle shaft at the same time if you wanted but if you do you should also replace the axle shaft seal as well and that would be an additional 1 hour labor.
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