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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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M3 wheel bearings

I think I need to replace mine!?!? Hear a strange noise coming from front right hub when I am turning left. Nothing when I turn to the right. Car has 71,000 miles on it.. Any input would be great. Also, where is the best place to order these?

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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Yea it could b your bearings. Check your brakes too make sure the dust shield isnt rubbing on your rotor. Look at your rotor for any gouges or scrapes on it. Imo
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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I think I need to replace mine!?!? Hear a strange noise coming from front right hub when I am turning left. Nothing when I turn to the right. Car has 71,000 miles on it.. Any input would be great. Also, where is the best place to order these?

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Any feedback in the steering wheel or just the audible noise? Vibration/clunking/pulsing, etc?
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:29 PM   #4
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Nothing in steering wheel... Just a light clunk, clunk,clunk that gets louder the more I turn the wheel to the left.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:15 PM   #5
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If it is indeed the wheel bearing, and if it has degraded enough, there will be play in the bearing. This can be identified by first jacking up the car and next, grasp the tire top and bottom, then try to move the wheel back and forth. If there is any play/movement at all, the worn bearing will indeed need to be pressed out of the kingpin.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:37 PM   #6
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #7
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Thanks... I'll try it this evening and get back with update.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:31 PM   #8
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Just checked and wheel is nice and tight. No movement that can tell.
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Just checked and wheel is nice and tight. No movement that can tell.
Not a heat shield contacting the rotor on that side by chance?
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:47 PM   #10
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I pulled wheel off and turned rotor and no noise... Man!!! I don't want to take it to the shop and get f.cked!!!!!
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:09 PM   #11
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Well, this might sound strange and "out there", some years ago, had a rare '84 ur quattro that that made a noise when I turned only in one direction. It ended up that the reservoir was very low on power steering fluid. After it was topped off, the noise was gone. I know it sounds crazy, but it wouldn't hurt to check your power steering reservoir to make sure it is not low.

As for the noise, go into more detail about it. Is it a scraping noise? Is it a vibration noise? Knocking noise? If you got new wider tires, the inside tread block could now be rubbing against the bodywork. Vibration through the steering wheel at all? The plastic fender well perhaps may have come loose making it so when a left turn is made, the inside tire rubs against the plastic.

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Old 12-04-2012, 06:40 PM   #12
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Thanks for input:

1) just checked fluid and reservoir looks half full. Liquid in there looks purple. Outside Cap was loaded with heavy grease/dirt... Does container have to be filled 3/4 or all the way?

2) I did get wider tires but the noise sounds like metal rubbing on metal intermittent only on the right front. Gets louder the more i turn wheel to left.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:34 PM   #13
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Imo. It sounds like your rotor may b.warped slightly And when.the.warped part comes around and.scrapes on.your dust shield. Any vibration in the steering wheel or pedal when u apply the brakes? fill that res up with fluid btw lol
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:36 PM   #14
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Thanks for heads up... no vibration and Rotors are brand new... I will replace with new fluid... Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:11 PM   #15
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New rotors just installed? Just a question.... Did u check to c if your wheel was on correctly. Torqed correctly?
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:40 PM   #16
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Going in the shop on Monday... :-(
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