Question about 1997 BMW 318
There are numerous videos on line showing how to do this job. if you have a few tools, can be done. The bearings can be removed with a puller, and `pressed' in by reversing the puller (half axel has tocome out first). On my prior vehivcle, I used a fitting piece of PVC, and tapped the bearing in using that as a block. Worked fine.
IF you are not mechanically inclined, It is daunting, but, fear is hte mind killer (`Dune' reference there).
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You can replace the bearings. They are available here:
You should also be able to buy them at your local parts store.
I recommend buying the Haynes manual. It will help a lot with vehicle repairs
Posted on Apr 27, 2009
the bearing has to be pressed in, quite the job even doing it at the shop- you will have to have some sort of press to press the bearing in.
Posted on May 20, 2009
Bearings are pressed into the hubs...much easier, faster and economical (if you don't have a press) to replace the complete bearing/hub assembly, no pressing is needed, since bearings are already pressed into the new hubs. Cost..aprox, 60 buxs each.
Here are the steps for the rear replacement...
Loosen the lug nuts on a rear wheel. 2) Chock the wheels and jack the rear of the car on the side with the lug nuts that you just loosened. 3) Remove the wheel by removing the lug nuts. 4) Pry open the dust cap covering the center of the axle/spindle. A small screwdriver tapped into the space between the hub and dust cap will work well for this. 5) With the dust cap now removed, use a thin center punch to straighten the little dent in the rim of the spindle nut so that you will be able to turn it freely in the next step. 6) Use a 32mm socket and a large breaker-bar to loosen the spindle nut. Unscrew the nut all the way and place it in a clean, safe area. 7) You should now be able to slide the hub/bearing assembly from the shaft. 8) Installation is the reverse of removal. Use plenty of high-temperature wheel bearing grease on all surfaces before you mount the replacement hub assembly.
IMPORTANT: Torque the spindle nut to 134 ft/lbs....(per manual specs)
When reinstalling the dust caps, tap them gently into place to avoid denting them...Install wheels, jack her down and pat yourself on the back...job complete.
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Posted on May 23, 2009
BMW uses CV shafts for the rear drive axle, the wheel bearing there is a pressed in factory sealed bearing and not removable other than using a press to remove it, to press it you will need to remove the lower control arm.
Posted on May 24, 2009
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