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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 12-03-2006, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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325i Catastrophic Wheel Bearing Failure

Occurred while going about 60mph. A tow was in order there after.







A little damage from what looks like some idiot with a jack.



The entire right side of the car seems to be either frame bent or some type of horrible tow with the hook in the back right...



I cant tell. I think the right rear trailing arm is bent... putting more strain on the bearing which ended up failing.

Does the trailing arm look bent???

Thanks for looking... and opinions are very welcome.

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Or maybe the constant velocity joint as I'm being told........

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That bend almost looks like it should be there though.

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Catastrophic wheel bearing failure? Considering it's still together it isn't all that bad. If you are local and you need help fixing that let me know. I'll just need to see what got chewed up in there. So long as it's just the bearing and not the hub, no problem. I have a bearing press that'll take care of that. However the ABS sensor may be mangled.

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I'm in Havelock... and my car is at Adams house... so I'm local... but I have a new half shaft, hub w/ bearing already in there and a new trailing arm coming.

That should take care of her eh?

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Take care of it, yes. But changing everything out is a lot of work.
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Not with Adam to help...

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Yes, yes it is. I find nothing wrong with working on a car for a whole weekend... although pressing the hub/bearing ... I don't have tools for that.
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I wont need those tools... as the parts are coming already put together... ... bearing included.

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Sounds like alot of unnecessary drama and to me. Have fun. If you get stuck, email me.

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Well... I looked at those bolts today... the 4 that attach the half shaft to the diff... I presume your speaking of those???... If so.. they are rather clean to tell you the truth... no problem.

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