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.
I have an 86 325es, with an 89 325i 5 speed / driveshaft / center bearing. The center bearing from the 89 325i is a little bit smaller (where it mounts to the floor) so i drilled some new holes and threaded them. Worked for a little while, now the center bearing broke.
Should I get a center bearing thats made to fit on the 325es? And will it work on the 325i driveshaft?
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The only other option that worked was to remove the bearing from the rubber dampener and swap it out in the "es" carrier. This takes some care so you don't rip the rubber dampener. This worked 2 out of 3 times, it depends on the carrier's manufacturer.
You need a good drift or punch. Just take the two shafts apart and put the splined end against a piece of hard wood. This will give you access to the front side of the bearing. Use your drift and a good ball peen hammer to evenly distribute firm solid taps all around the bearing cage untill it starts to slide off. Be sure not to get it wedged by driving one side more than another!
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