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Old 04-11-2012, 03:56 AM   #12
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Location: rochester ny
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My Ride: 2001 330 xi
I was able to remove the axle using the hub puller that uses 3 lug bolts and about a 3/4 inch center screw. That was after softening it up with the BFH. Well I noticed that the wheel bearing was a little loose, like I damaged the race. So I proceeded to snap of the pinch bolt for the strut. This car has seen the salt for 12 years.

So here are my questions:

Do I drill out the punch bolt and put a new one with a nut or try to re-tap ?

Should I buy a whole hub, bearing and steering knuckle assy or do i have to try to take the stuff apart and just replace the bearing. I probably can find a used Steering knuckle and wheel bearing, but who knows the condition.

All this for a little plastic/rubber CV Boot, I wish I had known, I would have tried to extend the life of the CV boot.

I really appreciate any help here, Don C

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