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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 Fri, Jan-02-2009, 08:57:51 PM   #11
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The looking for play test by pushing on the wheel is only good when they are really bad. I have heard both a humming noise and a low speed tick from bad wheel bearings in the past. Just jack the car up and inspect the outer portion of the bearing and check to see that it spins smoothly without any noises.
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where exactly is the wheel bearing?
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Old Sat, Jan-03-2009, 04:59:33 AM   #13
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where exactly is the wheel bearing?
It's inside the hub.
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My symptoms of a bad LR bearing were similar to Jaciuro's, except that it would do it in only one direction. It was more of a low-pitched humming sound than high pitched, like a mud tire at that corner. Replaced it and it's cured.
My rear wheel bearings went bad a year ago and thats the same noise I had, a humming/shuffling noise. It would get louder as I went faster.
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Grr. The sound of my bad rf wheel bearing was apparently masking the sound of the bad right rear.
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Old Tue, Feb-24-2009, 12:29:37 PM   #16
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Now, the harder the turn at high speed (because it isn't audible at low speed) the more prominent the sound becomes, usually during an on or off ramp. It's just as one person put it, like a truck tire, but only on fast, long duration turns like an on or off ramp.

It is definitely coming from the rear of the car and doesn't have the symptoms of a diff issue, especially since there is no problem at low speed. Maybe the bearing is just starting to go bad? I spin the rears and they are stiff, not too bad though, possibly given the effort required to work through the diff to get the other one to spin as well.
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Sounds exactly like the wheel bearing.
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My bad front left made an oscillating humming noise once I got up to about 75mph. Also, taking a turn to the right (that would load up the left front bearing) and then driving straight would make it worse. Mine was replaced under CPO, but I had to take a tech for a drive to prove it because the SA thought "everything sounded perfect" after he took it for a drive...
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The only reason I doubt it being my fronts is because when I had both front wheels up off the ground, they spun VERY easily and spun for a long while then slooooowly came to a stop, nothing sudden - and there was no noise, grinding, squeaking or otherwise.

It has to be the rear bearings. Is there a way to test them w/o taking it all apart? I know the diff and other wheel cause it to be tough to spin as it's all connected, but when I do, I didn't hear any noise.
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Well, ho do i know if my wheel bearings need to be changed?
i'm having the same issue...did you figure it out?
When driving, if i have the music down it sounds kind of like i have truck tires on, almost like i can here and very slightly sometimes feel the vibrations from them. Lately from the back when i turn the wheel a little bit i hear a loud ticking coming from the back wheel...

Are those my wheel bearings? are there any DIY's? I did a search and was unsuccessful

Any luck with solving the "truck tire" sound problem? I'm having the same issue!
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