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bzowk 04-22-2013 10:29 AM

Amateur Mechanic - Should I Attempt Wheel Bearing Replacement on E53?
Good Afternoon -

I've got a 06 X5 (E53) 3.0 which I purchased about a month ago. I've had a few issues with it since with one of the 3 major ones being that the rear driver side wheel bearing needs to be replaced.

I've personally done minor things before like replace starters, water pumps, brakes, rebuilt a 54' Chevy (with help); but never a wheel bearing. I know I don't have all of the tools, but surely can loan any needed ones from AutoZone, right?

I found a couple of videos online, but nothing step by step for my specific model so far.

1. Given my estimated experience, should it be something I can do? How long should I plan for?

2. I'm going to purchase an OEM bearing - but - are there any other parts or non-tool items I'd need? (gaskets, oil, etc)

3. Any tricks for doing this that anyone can suggest?

4. Any steps or guides you know of which may help me better than others?


Scott ZHP 04-22-2013 01:59 PM

It's do-able.

Normal assortment of tools you describe. A 1/4" E14 socket makes access to the bearing retainer bolts easier.
Dont be surprised if you can't get the inner race from the old bearing off the hub. I've seen a bearing seperator used to remove it.

Damienreilly 04-23-2013 03:35 PM

if it is anything like the front the bearing is going to have to be pressed in I know the front one has to be
also u have to be carefull not to damage the magntic ring on the bearing which the sensor picks up on for wheel speed
also prob u will have to replace the sensor which picks up on the bearing speed they can be a bitch to remove if in a while so u will prob damage it removing the bearing
I know this is what it is like at the front anyhow , apart from that I would say go for it as long as u can get bearing pressed in

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