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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, May-02-2019, 01:27:17 AM   #1
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Default Anyone used this rear wheel bearing special tool?

Hey all,

I think both cars have sat and thought about what they did long enough for me to regain motivation to deal with them. I need to do front and rear wheel bearings on both M3s, so I figure it's worth it to buy the tools....and came across something interesting.

Has anyone seen/used this for rear wheel bearings? As far as I can find, only FCP lists it, and of all the cars it's listed for, it is only applicable to E36 M3s (i.e., no non-Ms).

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...60-83300492287

Tool is "BMW special tool 333 260"

Before I blow $200 on it, I'd love to hear from anyone who has seen/used/heard about it. I'm a bit skeptical that it's just mistakenly listed for E36s...

(yes, I googled, only came across one dead thread from bimmerfest with a photo, nothing more)
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Default Re: Anyone used this rear wheel bearing special tool?

Ugh, why did you show me this. I'll probably buy it because I love dealer tools that actually work.
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Default Re: Anyone used this rear wheel bearing special tool?

You can do the job without the $200 tool. Many, many have. But it will make the job much easier. I have bought few special tools. I am not a professional mechanic so I don’t do the same job over and over again. Every now and then I buy nice tools I can use for a variety of jobs over a number of years. For example, I bought a 2 stage trans jack for $329, but I can use it to drop and install rear subframe and suspensions as well as trans.

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Old Thu, May-02-2019, 12:58:17 PM   #4
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Default Re: Anyone used this rear wheel bearing special tool?

Ooooh very cool. I still personally would use a press but if you don’t have work space etc then this would be an awesome option
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I am assuming you can use the special tool to do the job on the car, which is easier than removing the trailing arm from the suspension and definitely easier for those who do not have a press. It could be the difference between not DIYing and DIYing for some. Of course, a 20 ton HF press is $140 on sale, but takes up some garage space and you can pop a part into your leg or foot if you are not careful.
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Default Re: Anyone used this rear wheel bearing special tool?

Is there a catalog listing the available BMW tools? Always seems hit and miss to discover them.

Yes, that looks like a very handy tool
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Default Re: Anyone used this rear wheel bearing special tool?

^^
Tell me about it. BMW no longer (wants) to sell the S50 valve clearance bucket depress tool. Ugh!
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Default Re: Anyone used this rear wheel bearing special tool?

Dave, I just did the driver side rear wheel bearing with the Autozone rental tool. Cost me $0, but totally up to you.

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Default Re: Anyone used this rear wheel bearing special tool?

Thanks all!

I'm tempted by it much like Braymond-- shiny cool dealer tools.

That said, I do have a press and am planning on doing subframe/diff bushings at the same time (on both cars, cuz dumb), so might make more sense to just save the money on the dealer tool. I don't see how it'd be as useful off the car as on.

I did the rear bearing a few years ago and struggled with borrowed tools and no press....hence wondering if there's a better solution.
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Default Re: Anyone used this rear wheel bearing special tool?

A local gearhead removed his knuckle and pressed out the old bearing and in the new bearing in his garage. I didn't want to deal with taking out the knuckle (it's almost the same work when I think about it) but it's another option - especially if you have a press.

I do love me some specialty tools! My wallet doesn't though lol
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