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Old 11-20-2003, 05:31 PM   #1
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Any tips on rear wheel bearings??

Well I have to replace a rear whell bearing on my car (87 325e)....
I was wondering if anybody has any tips or suggestion for me before I dive into this.
I know I seen a tool fro this in Bavarain atosport catalog but @ $250
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Old 11-20-2003, 05:40 PM   #2
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Wheel bearings are something you can do yourself forsure......When mine went, I didn't have the space or equipment to work on my car so it was just eaisier to let my mechanic do it........
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Old 11-21-2003, 12:38 AM   #3
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Not a hard job,if you have some expierence anda service manual then it will go fine.Make sure you apply force to the correct bearing race or else bearing damage will occur if its jammed or incorrect race is pressed into the bearings.Also before installing new bearings,pack them with grease unless they are sealed already with grease.
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Old 11-21-2003, 01:03 AM   #4
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too bad u dont live up here..bimmersport fixed mine for $200 CDN perside installed

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Old 11-22-2003, 04:54 AM   #5
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rear bearings it is

Rear wheel bearings

On removal since it is bearing steel, with "googles" on strike the race with a cold chisel and it will shatter.

For installation BMW recommends three tools,

23 1 300
33 4 080
33 4 020

they pull the bearing in from the inner race.

hand tighten and lower car to floor for final torque, many have pulled them off the stands.

depending on size of nut:
22 mm is 129 to 155 ft lbs
27 mm is 173 to 192 ft lbs

Lug nuts are 66 to 81 ft lbs.

CV to drive flange are 42 to 46 ft lps.
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Old 11-23-2003, 03:42 AM   #6
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Front wheel bearings are a piece of cake, the rears are a real challenge unless you have the special tools or the Snap On equivalent...
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Old 11-26-2003, 10:56 AM   #7
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just make sure u have the car supported in the air good or u will get hurt its not a hard job if u know what ur doing.
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