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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 02-15-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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Xi Front Wheel Bearing

Since all the xi threads today seem pointless . . . .

Who has replaced a front wheel bearing without taking the knuckle off the car?

I did the right front bearing last winter by removing the whole knuckle and pressing it out. I'd like to do the left side without taking the knuckle off, since i just had a very expensive alignment done.

I know the B90 bearing toolkit should be able to get the job done- who has done it?
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:25 PM   #2
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OK looks like I forgot about this thread in the DIY section:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...+wheel+bearing
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:27 PM   #3
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Question, to replace the rear wheel bearing its the same that on the front ?
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:57 PM   #4
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^no. Same as rwd though.
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:06 PM   #5
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There is a reason shops DON'T do it this way. Good luck with step 11, it's a lot of fun. If your ABS sensor is rusted in, and you use any heat to get the bearing out, 100% chance of ruining it, and it's not easily available aftermarket, and OEM is expensive. All the beating you will give it trying to do it in the car, you want to get it aligned anyway. Don't miss step 24, or you will hate life. Make sure everything is AMAZINGLY clean, or no joy on seating the bearing in step 21.

It's doable, may the force be with you.

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OK looks like I forgot about this thread in the DIY section:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...+wheel+bearing

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Old 10-10-2011, 06:45 PM   #6
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Kubica, what do you thing about this procedure ?



I did not find any DIY of removing rear bearings on a xi and I do not know the difference between xi a rwd for this issue and following your advice I found this video of a rear bearing on a 325i

I just order the bearing kit from Pelican Parts and looking for the rest of the tools.

For example I found the Bearing Separator :
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/PERFO...item4841f84a98

And the harmonic Balancer Puller :
http://www.sears.com/craftsman-harmo...p-00947626000P

Please your thoughs

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Old 10-10-2011, 07:23 PM   #7
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Re-read my post. To do this in the car, you have to break the bearing apart, and chisel the rest out. Do yourself a favor and take it out, and have the bearing pressed out and a new one pressed in. Very easy.
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:29 PM   #8
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Yeah that video looks good. Remember to buy a new snap ring and axle nut and wear goggles when you take it off. I've never done a rear bearing myself but I've seen it done on other BMWs. Removing the bolts that hold the axle to the diff is tougher than it looks in that video. Make sure you reinstall these tight, or use loctite. Hit the rotor near the retaining screw before you remove the screw to get the rotor off easier. You may have to contract the parking brake too.

Post the installation video too.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:28 PM   #9
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my father is a mechanic and we took both mine out this weekend without taking the knuckle apart. pm me for e-mail and pics of the process.

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kub,

my father is a mechanic and we took both mine out this weekend without taking the knuckle apart. pm me for e-mail and pics of the process.

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PM Sent, thanks for your help.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:23 AM   #11
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Wow! The B90 kit is $350. I saw on Bimmer Forums a member has it for rent-B90_Toolkit_Rental
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:54 AM   #12
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kub,

my father is a mechanic and we took both mine out this weekend without taking the knuckle apart. pm me for e-mail and pics of the process.

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John, I sent a pm for the email, please send those pictures. I am planning to do this job on weekend. Thanks

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Old 10-12-2011, 09:59 AM   #13
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^there's a link with a full write-up in the second post of this thread.
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:55 AM   #14
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Am I to late with this:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=610725
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:25 AM   #15
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Thanks, but all of them shows front wheels or rear wheels on a fwd, if all my parts arrive on time I would do it this weekend or the next one and would put pictures and or video. I am replacing rear wheel bearings on a xi.
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