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Old 05-19-2017, 02:52 PM   #1
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Rear end rumble

Hello folks

I would appreciate any pointers on the following:

My year 2000 E46 318I Saloon has developed a rumble emitting from what appears to be from the drivers side rear wheel. This occurs on all road surfaces.

I have had both rear wheel bearings and brake discs changed about eight months ago. There is nothing stuck in the tyre and the Michelin PS3 tyres are only one third worn. There is also no indication of the wheel balancing weights missing.

I am making assumptions that it could be the axle half shaft is worn or maybe if the wheel bearings are tapered and need tightening, although there is no side to side play on the wheel.

Any help and pointers would be appreciated. Thank you.

Regards to all.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:38 PM   #2
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Bearing? Had to replace one around 200kmiles.

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Old 05-20-2017, 08:01 AM   #3
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Do you now what brand of bearing was installed? BMW OE bearings are made by ***. SKF is a very good brand. Perhaps an audio recording would help.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:49 PM   #4
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No idea. Local indie.

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