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Recommended Needed: Garage to service Audi

With Precision Tuning in Vaughan closed until Sept 3rd, need a new place to take my Audi Q5 to fix a noise issue which I suspect is my front wheel bearring (4 yrs old with 90k). Probably need to get both replaced as this seems to be an issue with the vehicle from what I read online.

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One place I called quote me $150 for parts (both front bearings) but 5 hrs of labour which comes out to $860. Is this really a 5hr job?
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ZxExN wrote: One place I called quote me $150 for parts (both front bearings) but 5 hrs of labour which comes out to $860. Is this really a 5hr job?
Unless I am mistaken, labour times are set by the Ministry or whatever Government regulatory body sets it at. Labour rate is specific to shop, but labour time is 'mandated'.

I'm happy to be corrected but that is why when I ask around for repair times for whatever I need repaired the labour time is always within .1 or so of an hour of each other.
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Since the kit which includes an entire hub assembly costs the same as the wheel bearings only, would it be an easier and quicker job or the shop to replace the entire hub assembly?
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Or do it yourself. One evening job, and you saved $500+ then you can take a small vacation with that money
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angryaudifanatic wrote: Unless I am mistaken, labour times are set by the Ministry or whatever Government regulatory body sets it at. Labour rate is specific to shop, but labour time is 'mandated'.
Book rate for various jobs is set by Mitchell, not the government. Mitchell is the widely accepted manual for the number of hours each job takes on each make/model of car. The trick about charging the book rate is that mechanics that can do a job quicker than the book rate will net $$$ from the customer compared to the actual hours of work put in. However it cuts both ways. Some jobs may say they take a certain # of hours but may actually take longer in reality, especially with stuff that's rusted on/seized and has to have extra time taken in order to remove such fasteners or parts.

https://mitchell1.com/prodemand/estimating/
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Check out Hi Standard Tire and Auto, they specialize in euro cars.
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ES_Revenge wrote: Book rate for various jobs is set by Mitchell, not the government. Mitchell is the widely accepted manual for the number of hours each job takes on each make/model of car. The trick about charging the book rate is that mechanics that can do a job quicker than the book rate will net $$$ from the customer compared to the actual hours of work put in. However it cuts both ways. Some jobs may say they take a certain # of hours but may actually take longer in reality, especially with stuff that's rusted on/seized and has to have extra time taken in order to remove such fasteners or parts.

https://mitchell1.com/prodemand/estimating/
Thank you @ES_Revenge. I much appreciate the correction here. I figured some regulatory body was involved but didn't know it was an organization other than the government!
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Just an update. It was the front driver wheel bearing that was causing the humming noise at speeds above 50kph. I ended up just waiting for precision tuning to do it because the other garages in my area simply did not have my full confidence - they had messed up other simply jobs. Cost ended up being slightly under $400 for one side and took about 2hrs using FAG parts (I didn't wait around so this timing may be off). Did not do both side as I was advised that it was not necessary; they don't go symmetrically - dmg due mostly to forces place on it such as potholes and other bumps. The local garages recommended both be replaced.

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