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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 Tue, May-20-2008, 02:40:11 PM   #1
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Anybody have a link to a DIY for front wheel bearing replacement?

From what I've read about the topic, there may be no DIY because it's such a PIA! But I'd like to see for myself.

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PS: I'm posting here because it seems our DIY section doen't get a lot of views.
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I don't know of one for e46 M3s. Here is a site provided by Dave Zeckhausen on e39s.
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That does look significantly different. But thanks anyway.

I thought I struck gold with this link, but it appears the forum is dead?
http://e46touring.com/gallery/front_wheel_bearing
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Anybody have a link to a DIY for front wheel bearing replacement?

From what I've read about the topic, there may be no DIY because it's such a PIA! But I'd like to see for myself.

Thanks.

PS: I'm posting here because it seems our DIY section doen't get a lot of views.
Fronts are rather simple to replace. It's the rears that are a PITA. For the fronts, you'll need an impact gun to the hub nut. To remove the hub, get a large 3 jaw puller loaner tool from Autozone or any other parts store that has loaner tools.
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I need this now, anyone have one? And can someone confirm a 36mm socket for the hub nut.
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36mm and i think its a 12point socket.
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46mm socket. Don't buy it from pelican as their wheel hub nut socket won't fit in the wheel hub. (Stupid, huh?) I use the craftsman 1-7/8ths socket, myself. No need for an impact gun, but you'll need a jack handle or other pipe extension to get the torque.

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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36mm and i think its a 12point socket.
Thats for other standard model BMW's.

As Nick said, its a 46mm... I would purchase a Hazet one since thats the same one that is used @ the dealer.

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.
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thanks for the replies, sounds easy enough. Besides the socket to remove & install and barring puller are any other specialty tools needed?
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