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Noct 08-17-2014 01:49 PM

Wheel bearing replacement on 97 Z28
So my 97 Z just failed inspection... I need to replace the front wheel bearings /assemblies, and I've never done that before. Just hoping somebody can answer a couple of questions for me...

First, I have heard that this is very difficult to do without air tools and a lift. Any truth to that?

And secondly, I've never seen such wildly different pricing on a part I've changed before, and it's making me nervous. My mechanic (who I usually trust implicitly) quoted me at $220 per assembly, and while I am seeing the parts for sale in that range online, every local store seems to have them for like $80 a piece. Is there something I don't understand going on here? Does like ABS or traction control or something factor in here or something?

Why do these range from $60-$220 on Amazon? It is simply a question of quality, or is there something I need to be looking out for on this specific model?

shoebox 08-17-2014 02:31 PM

Re: Wheel bearing replacement on 97 Z28
If you can do brakes, it is a piece of cake. Nothing hard about it. A good name brand should keep you from getting burned.

Injuneer 08-17-2014 05:37 PM

Re: Wheel bearing replacement on 97 Z28
The wheel bearing assembly is a complete spindle, bearings, housing and ABS sensor. It's not just a bearing and a race.

GaryDoug 08-17-2014 05:43 PM

Re: Wheel bearing replacement on 97 Z28
I just replaced the ones on my 98. Very easy, just used a floor jack and a couple of wrenches. Used a long handle on the socket wrench to get the bolts loose.

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