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Old 03-28-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Cost to Service Bearings & Brakes

What would you consider a fair price to service the wheel bearings and brakes on our 2007 Flagstaff 831BHSS?

Thanks in advance for the help,
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:01 AM   #2
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Paid $240 Canadian at a dealer up here.....teach me for being too lazy to do it myself. Won't happen again!
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:06 AM   #3
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240.00$ plus parts is a fair price. Youroo!!
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:52 AM   #4
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like your walter avitar buzzard. 240 is a steal, not a deal.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:40 AM   #5
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It really depends on the completeness of their work, the quality of the replaced parts and did they machine the drums. Check the itemized bill and see what they did.
Here's a list of what I always taught and did.
1. Clean bearings and check for metal flaking from bearings. If they don't do this they might have re-used defective bearings. I almost never use solvent to clean bearings. It's very difficult to remove all the solvent which will ruin the new grease. Wiping them out with a cloth will work. Hand pack bearings and replace all seals.

2. There are vastly different qualities of brake shoes and therefore vastly different prices. Cheap linings won't last and will glaze real soon and you will have poor braking. I always purchase linings from NAPA. They really care about quality.

3. Brakes work because of heat generated between the new shoes and the drum. The drum MUST ALWAYS be machined every time shoes are replaced. If you don't 50% of the braking equation is not correct. Some will tell you that it's not necessary. Some still tell you that a charged battery placed on a concrete floor will loose its charge over night. Common sense tells us that's an old-wives tale.

4. Usually drum brakes are only worked on after 50-70-K miles on vehicles. At that time I always replace all springs, and self-adjusters. TT's are different so I would not replace those parts unless some problems are spotted.

5. Following a shoe replacement you should have been advised how to properly burnish your shoes. If you were not advised then the shop is less than quality. Shoes/pads are burnished by stopping from around 40-MPH to about 20-MPH between 30-50 times allowing about a minute between for cool down. Most will not go through this specific procedure but actually you will in the process of carefully driving around even on your first trip. AVOID if at all possible smoking the shoes to speed up the process. All you will do is glaze the linings and ruin them.
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5. Following a shoe replacement you should have been advised how to properly burnish your shoes. If you were not advised then the shop is less than quality. Shoes/pads are burnished by stopping from around 40-MPH to about 20-MPH between 30-50 times allowing about a minute between for cool down. Most will not go through this specific procedure but actually you will in the process of carefully driving around even on your first trip. AVOID if at all possible smoking the shoes to speed up the process. All you will do is glaze the linings and ruin them.
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Sounds like a good way to burn up a new set of brakes.
Sure they need to be seated but 30-50 times???
I'll pass.........
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1. Clean bearings and check for metal flaking from bearings. I almost never use solvent to clean bearings. It's very difficult to remove all the solvent which will ruin the new grease.
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I simply use compressed air to blow the solvent out.
It is hard to inspect the bearings for wear unless they are very clean.
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I simply use compressed air to blow the solvent out.
It is hard to inspect the bearings for wear unless they are very clean.
Agree bakken, would be very suspicious if they were not cleaned with solvent to remove the grease and possible dirt/flakes in the nooks & crannies. I have a cleaning tank with solvent and use it and then wash them in SuperClean and hot water and then blow them out with compressed air. Takes about 30-45 minutes to clean/inspect 8 bearings. Also do the same for the drums, another 30 -45 minutes.
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Thanks everyone for the info.

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It all depends where you are. Last year while in BC had a bearing go on the TT. Went to a local repair shop (the only one in area). The replace the bearings, brakes, and drums plus had to turn down damaged spindle total rip off cost was almost $3000. When you are stuck on the side of the road you have no choice but to pay what the vultures charge.
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