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    2001 Pathfinder wheel bearing re-pack?

    I'm not familiar with this setup at all so I thought I'd ask here.

    My uncle has a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder that has started making a howl from the left front, it has 100k+ miles. As I understand it they already went through the brakes thinking that was it but with no result. It soulds to me like a wheel bearing, and supposedly it has serviceable bearings that may never have been serviced...

    Where I'm concerned is that two different shops have quoted 4 hours to inspect and re-pack that bearing assembly (no parts), just stating that it's remarkably complicated. Is it really that bad? Honestly I'm surpised this thing isn't unitized being a 2001 but both shops said it wasn't. Any input? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    I'm not familiar with this setup at all so I thought I'd ask here.

    My uncle has a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder that has started making a howl from the left front, it has 100k+ miles. As I understand it they already went through the brakes thinking that was it but with no result. It soulds to me like a wheel bearing, and supposedly it has serviceable bearings that may never have been serviced...

    Where I'm concerned is that two different shops have quoted 4 hours to inspect and re-pack that bearing assembly (no parts), just stating that it's remarkably complicated. Is it really that bad? Honestly I'm surpised this thing isn't unitized being a 2001 but both shops said it wasn't. Any input? Thanks!
    If it's howling, it probaly cannot be serviced effectively. He should be able to get it replaced for relatively cheap (<$200)

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    I'm certainly inclined to agree that the bearings need to be replaced (not sure how often they should be repacked but I'm guessing sub-100k).

    My issue is that two different shops have quoted closer to $300 just to get it apart, plus whatever parts cost works out to be we're definitely not coming in at less than $200. It sounds like you're saying there's nothing special about them and these guys are severely padding their estimate.

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    THose hubs take some work to get apart. While not tough to do, but certinitly envolved. I would think that most shops will charge at least 2 hours minimum. The average price per hour is 90 bucks. Well thats 200 to start. Then start adding parts costs.
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    alldata labor guide calls for 4.3 hrs for clean and repack both sides.
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    Holy smokes, no wonder he is getting quoted so much.

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    Well, sound like they're not pulling his leg.

    Thanks for the input!

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    if its like the Xterra front end, the hard part is getting the retaining nut off. it uses a special kind of spanner wrench to loosen and tighten. if they have not been overtorqued you might be able to get them off using a flat tip and hammer. check out http://www.xterraownersclub.com/forums.html
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