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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Wed, Aug-06-2008, 01:14:56 PM   #21
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You'll also want a 36mm-ish socket to (gently) tap the new hub on with. You need to tap the bearing race, otherwise you'll just knock the bearings out of alignment.
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Tapping the new bearing in is critical just as Nick posted.. you don't wanna push out the outer race.. then you'll be SOL.
I'm kinda unfamiliar with these parts, is this where to tap? Part alone was over $200 so I want to do this right... thanks again
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I'm kinda unfamiliar with these parts, is this where to tap? Part alone was over $200 so I want to do this right... thanks again
That's correct. Careful to make sure you're hitting it on straight.
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You can't miss them: The most obvious is a grinding noise that will get louder as the bearing gets worse. It will be louder tuning in the direction opposite the side the bad bearing is on.

You may also be able to jiggle the wheel when it's off the ground. These are the two most obvious signs I'm aware of.
Also, if you have excessive road noise from one corner of the car, you've got a bearing that's starting to go. If you *think* you might have a bad wheel bearing and want to check, take off the brake rotor and spin the hub. If it makes any noise, replace the bearing.
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This post is awesome and the guide is a keeper. Thanks, for the pics too.
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^FWIW I discovered today that my car has a bearing going out. It's making a soft grinding noise at low speeds (~20mph). Going to replace both hubs while I'm at it.
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These make such a huge difference. The car rides and tracks so nice after changing these out . Car cruises at 80mph with one finger on the wheel..... Not that I'm promoting that, just sayin...


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So we have to replace the whole hub (hub+bearing)? bearing is not sold separably?
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So we have to replace the whole hub (hub+bearing)? bearing is not sold separably?
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So we have to replace the whole hub (hub+bearing)? bearing is not sold separably?
Yes, the hub can only be replaced, $180+ per side


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These make such a huge difference. The car rides and tracks so nice after changing these out . Car cruises at 80mph with one finger on the wheel..... Not that I'm promoting that, just sayin...


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how did your car/ steering wheel feel before changing them?
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