How much does it cost to replace a wheel bearing in the UK?

According to our research, a wheel bearing replacement cost in the UK ranges between £172 and £350.

On average, the cost of a wheel bearing replacement works out at £210.

How often should you replace your wheel bearing?

Wheel bearings have an average lifespan of 85,000 – 100,000 miles. However, this is only an estimate, the actual lifespan of a wheel bearing depends on the quality of the wheel bearing, the driver and the surroundings.

What causes a wheel bearing to break?

There are a number of reasons that a wheel bearing may break or fail. Impact damage, such as mounting a kerb badly or driving over speed bumps or potholes, can damage a wheel bearing and reduce its lifespan.

Driving through deep water or mud can also be bad news for your wheel bearings. Water, mud or dust could get past the seals and enter the bearing, causing the bearings to wear down quickly. Wheel bearings made of low-quality materials are also more likely to wear down quickly, leading to premature failure.

Additionally, car modifications, such as lowering your car, fitting bigger or wider rims, stiffer shock absorbers and suspension springs, can increase the load on the wheel bearing and can accelerate wear.

Can I carry out a wheel bearing replacement myself?

A front or rear wheel bearing replacement isn’t a huge job, however it is fairly complex and can be time-consuming even for the most experienced mechanics. 

There are quite a few parts that must be removed to get access to your wheel bearing, so unless you have the necessary training and equipment to do the job safely, we strongly recommend that a wheel bearing replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic.

What additional factors could affect a wheel bearing replacement?

Usually, the cost of replacing a wheel bearing is down to the make and model of your vehicle, which garage carries out the work and where in the country you’re based. 

However, there are a few extra circumstances that could bump up the price of this repair. Due to the location of the wheel bearings, particularly on the front wheels, the mechanic will have to remove numerous parts in order to reach the wheel bearing. If the mechanic discovers that any of these components are faulty, damaged or defective, these too may have to be replaced which will bump up the price of this job.

What are the costs of wheel bearing replacement parts?

Prices for a new wheel bearing varies for each make and model. The average price of a wheel bearing from Eurocarparts is