I have a 2001 Accord EX (4-cyl). While driving there is rear
undercarriage noise at all speeds. The sound is a low frequency
vibration that varies with the current speed being traveled. The
sounds appears to becoming equally from the rear left and rear right
corner of the car. There is no connection to RPMs or engine activity.
The faster the wheels spin, the louder is gets. At 40MPH the vibration
hits a painful, headache inducing, frequency. The faster I go the
higher the frequency. 40MPH is bad, so is 65MPH, but the sound is
always noisy. Back seat passengers really notice it.
A full tire rotation made no difference. Now what?
Not a big fan either, but they are just a 3 minute walk down the
street, and being a single guy it is extremely convenient. Anyway, I
am still is research mode so I have not authorized any repairs (yet).
I just want to hear their diagnosis.
Just to clarify... If the hub is supported by an inner and outer
bearing (simple spindle suspension), I would replace the pair even if
only one was going bad. Honda's do have inner and outers, yes?
(Now wondering if that's the case on his '83 "baby")
okay...i have the same problem, noise that changes with speed. narrowed
it down to the drivers side rear wheel bearing. now can i just change
that one or do i have to do BOTH front adn rear drivers side, or BOTH
rears? also, is this a DIY friendly changeout?
Ok, so I got my diagnosis this morning. It is *definitely* the rear
passenger side wheel hub and bearings that need replacement. Makes
sense as that is what most of you predicted it would be.
For my '01 four door (4 cylinder) Accord EX sedan, dealer says the part
(single hub/bearing assembly) is $96 and for 1.5 hrs labor is $140
bringing the total to around $240. I know I could shop this price down
a bit but I'd rather just get this over and done with - unless I'm
getting royally screwed.
What do you think about $240 total? Is that fair, about right, or way
too much? I'd appreciate some feedback before scheduling an
You may be able to get it done a little cheaper, but how much will it cost
you in time and effort to save a few bucks. When I needed mine, it being
something I didn't know anything about, I sought a mechanic to do it. The
dealership wanted about $250. Independent foreign car mechanic 5 minutes
drive from home said he would do it for $225. That's what I paid. If the
dealer were more convenient I would have paid their higher cost, just for
convenience. The mechanic who fixed it for me was a 5 minute drive and easy
to get a neighbor to pick me up and drop me off.
Having seen it now, I would probably venture the next one on my own.
If this is a drum brake, then this price matches exactly the
OEM one at www.hondaautomotiveparts.com, except with
shipping the online price would be a bit more. Evidently
disk brakes are used also on this model (or else I am
So the dealer is being fair here.
DIY-ers should recognize that, IIRC, the parts departments
of dealerships will mark up prices above, say, the $96 for
the wheel bearing assy. above.
Always nice to have some real life price data for the
archives here. That helps people.
Sounds fair for a dealer.
An independent shop might do the labor for less, but not by
I think you're getting a fair shake here, plus the expertise
of the dealership.
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