Is grease monkey rascist?
Well anyway went into the Toy-Yoda main stealer. Got a rumbling rear wheel bearing, how much to change?
Guy sucks backwards through teeth, 250 for the hub, 2 hours labour so thats 200. 450, plus VAT at 20%
WTF? what are the hubs made of? Unicorn shit? Can't you just pull the bearings? They are usually about a score to buy?
Nah mate, sealed unit innit.
and 2 hours for labour?
Yeah, well we have to remove the hub, bolts, anyway it's a standard rate anyway, same price in any main stealer.
So anyway I check with the motor factors, a hub from a reputable manufacturer was 90 euros. I spent half an hour this morning removing the hub and undoing 3 bolts holding the bearing unit. I then got stuck on the last bolt despite having a breaker bar. I realized that my socket was not the best quality. Left penetrating oil on the bolt and bearing unit. Went out to lunch and popped into the DIY shop to pick up a quality socket which let me get the remaining bolt out. Couldn't free the bearing unit so returned to DIY shop to buy two long 10mm bolts which I screwed into the bearing unit to press it out against the axle unit.
Total cost about 100 and an hour and a half work, a garage could probably do it in half an hour.
500 euros, it is nearly criminal!
I need a 3 inch or so square of plastic with one side curved, and made of a suitable material that will glue to whatever my laptop lid is made of. I did have a bit I was saving from the battery case cover of some electrical item, but I think I probably forgot what I was saving it for and threw it out, or else it's gone to wherever the socks and biros go. Anyway, the crack has got bigger, so it would be too small now.
I actually managed to melt an aluminium bracket onto it, which probably worked better than it deserved to, and actually stopped the crack spreading but also ended up a bit messy looking.
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