2006 Mazda 3 Front Wheel Bearing Replacement, what do I need?
Hello, my wife just had a front end noise diagnosed by Mazda today, and it turns out the front wheel bearings need to be replaced. They quoted over $1000 to do both bearings. After hearing the cost, I have decided to tackle this job myself to save a few bucks. This is on a 2006 Mazda 3 hatchback.
I have looked around online, and see that I can either buy a complete new hub assembly and bearing, or possibly just the 2 bearings. Which route am I likely better to go here? Am I better to go aftermarket or buy Mazda parts? The assemblies from Mazda locally in Calgary are very pricey at $177 each. I thought that I may be able to use a Timken front hub replacement, but from my research it seems like it doesn't quite work properly in this year of Mazda 3. I am aware that I will need to take the steering knuckle to a local shop to have either the bearings or hub pressed out depending which route I go.
Has anybody needed to replace the abs speed sensor? I have read that these commonly break when trying to remove them.
I am also curious what size of socket I will need to remove the axle nut.
Thanks to all those that can help.