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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
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Oct-03-2012, 04:24:07 PM   #31
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I've got a similar situation: clicking noise from the front while car is turning, and it's gradually getting worse. I can't seem to reproduce the noise on the lift since the system is not under load. Taking out the cover over the bearings, and I noticed this. Is this what a bearing gone bad looks like?



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Old Thu, Oct-04-2012, 04:39:36 AM   #32
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Why not just add them to the list if you have over 50k miles on car? Seems like it should be something added to your maint list since you own this car and they are known for going out at around 50-60k.
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Why not just add them to the list if you have over 50k miles on car? Seems like it should be something added to your maint list since you own this car and they are known for going out at around 50-60k.
50k is pretty early for wheel bearings. 100k would be more reasonable, but I've heard of them lasting quite a bit longer in many cases
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Old Sat, Dec-08-2012, 09:35:52 AM   #34
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i started getting a nasty ticking sound from my drivers side rear wheel when i got on the freeway today. wheel bearing?
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I think it is very important to remove the caliper in checking the wheel bearings as it allows better feedback on play and rotation. Also you can inspect the dust boots of the caliper ,best done with a flash light, as any tear or opening in the dust boot will cause corosion on the piston and thus a sticky caliper which may cause similar symptoms
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does this sound like a bad wheel bearing? started ticking yesterday when i got on the freeway. its coming from the drivers side rear wheel. I havent had a chance to take it apart yet to look
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Can anyone help or provide me with advice on this thread? Ok so here goes, basically I used longer bolts on my new wheels, so long story short I need to replace both front dust plates and both abs sensors, now this means I need to remove/replace both wheel bearings??? Also 3 lights are on my dashboard, brake, traction, dsc? Is there a way around replacing all without removing bearings? Also what will this cost give or take????i would buy parts looking for labor cost?
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If you do need a new hub, buy the one that is made by F AG except no space between the F and the A (forum filter would block the brand name).

I picked one up last summer and it was good quality.

I work for the parent company to F AG as a mechanical engineer. The company, Schaeffler, is known worldwide for making bearings. In fact, they invented the first machine to perfectly polish a sphere (ball). Many E46 components are made by Schaeffler. look under the hook, the belt drive will have INA components. INA is the engine-components arm of Schaeffler (the arm I work for). It was pretty cool to pull up drawings and CAD of the replacement parts I'm putting on my car. I will always replace with F AG/INA/LUK components because I know what goes into them. Even if F AG wasn't the OE supplier its likely an upgrade. Similar to MOOG ball joints.
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