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Old 06-02-2008, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guy i had this horrible metal to metal noise coming from the back left of my 318i so upon investigation i ruled out the brake caliper due to i took it off and went for a short drive and the noise still continued - so i am thinking its the bearings? but i am new to owning and working on bmw's could the bearings be the problem or something more sinister at play here? I lifted the car and check to see if the wheel wobbles side to side (this is what leads me to believe it is the hub assembly)and i was correct it does... but i was looking online and the rear hubs didn't look as if they were the same as front so i am confused it just didn't look like it had bearings? was i looking at the wrong parts?

Does anyone have instructions on how to change the hubs on the rear and what tools are needed?

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maybe just a loose hub locking nut? but,

chances are it's a worn bearing problem. BMW manuals say u need special tools to pull out the bearings and another special tool to install.; but i am sure you can get by if u have a hydraulic press at hand, or have access to one.

machine shops can press out and install the bearings for a nominal fee. i'd say +/- $30 wd be a fair price.
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na the hub is dif. gone out-

this is super complicated to do and with out manuals on how to do it- its been a tedious process so i am gonna type up with pictures how to replace the hubs and how to put it all back together because this is ridiculous - even the Chilton manual is wrong- how crazy is that?

My type up will be up here in about a day or so when i get done with my hub assembly- thanks guys!
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