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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 01-17-2013, 10:39 PM   #1
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Is this a bad wheel bearing????

Is this bad or just normal play? it spins fine and feels fine while I am spinning it

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Old 01-18-2013, 07:12 AM   #2
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Looks like it.

Is it noisy?
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:07 AM   #3
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do you mean when I spin it? It is quiet and smooth. no binding. The other side has about the same play too
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:51 AM   #4
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When the wheel is mounted, do you get the same amount of play when you shake it?

I meant is it noisy when you are cornering?
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:51 AM   #5
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Its hard to say I had a bad rght lwr control arm bushing and balljoint and torn cv so I am replacing all the joints in the front end. both sides are apart. I also found a small chip off the chrome on the outer edge of the bearing race. I will post a pix soon.

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Old 01-18-2013, 11:54 AM   #6
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quiet on corners. terrible shake on high speed braking
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:57 AM   #7
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this is my next easy task. notice the bolt w/ no head. Like me!!

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Old 01-18-2013, 02:21 PM   #8
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^ouch that sucks.

Might as well do motor mounts if you need to drop the subframe to drill that out.

I would replace all of those bolts, the subframe bolts, and the strut pinch bolts too.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:31 PM   #9
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don't wanna drop subframe. I was thinking of using the cyllinder the bolt threads into as my center. I was thinking of making a drill guide that slides over tubes and then I will have the right drill angle and close to center if not right on.A notched tube whose id matches the od of the mount.
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