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Old 02-25-2008, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rear Bearing Help

So my rear right wheel bearinghasgone bad. I'm pretty mechanically inclined so i figured i'd save a few bucks and do it myself. I did the front ones about a month ago and they went very smoothly. However the from all the postsi have read on this site i see that the rears seem a little more difficult. I'm not able to take it to a shop at the time being so i am looking for some DIY help. I already have the bearing and a new retaining nut. I have bearing pullers and access to a press. Will i need anything else? I heard something about the retaining bolts for the drive axle connecting in to the differential needing to be replaced when removed...? Any advice on the operation? step by step instructions? right now i have the brakes and retaining nut off, next step is axle removal looking for some general help Thanks guys
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I did not replace the bolts when I replaced mine on my old 318i. You should be good to go. You don't have to disconnect the axles from the diff to do the procedure. If you are in a "shop" environment or resourceful they can be held up and left connected to the diff.
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Thats what i was thinking, My manual was telling me to drop it from the diff. but from what i could see i couldn't figure out why i couldn't just do it all with out taking it off the diff. Thanks for the input.
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I am trying to use a slide hammer right now to pull off the drive flange any ideas or suggestions about that anyone? It seems pretty stuck. Thanks
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Additional info, some guys have reported a LocTite like material on the axle splines. Makes pulling hub very difficult. If you were able to hammer your axle through the hub (toward the differential), you're OK. If the axle is not moving in the hub, apply heat to melt the LocTite. Then put some ass into the slide hammer. Be careful with those devils, many years ago, I got 30 stitches in my hand when the hammer snapped off the slide (big slide hammer).
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