Great write up and timely for me as I just noticed the grinding noise in the left rear today.
However, I found another thread that made me question if the issue could be the swing arm ball joints. (see this thread http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=wheel+bearing ). While this thread makes me second guess wheel bearing because the symptoms sound the same, I still tend to believe wheel bearing is my issue.
Does this sound like wheel bearing to you:
metal grinding noise (left rear corner) only when moving
Sound is steady when moving strait, stronger with left turns and non-existant with right turns
I jacked up the lft rear corner and spin the wheel by hand and can clearly hear the grinding and wheel turns with some difficulty.
no squeek/sound when getting in and out.
Agree that this is wheel bearing? I just want to make sure before I throw parts at it.
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Last edited by SoonerE39; 05-03-2009 at 03:01 PM.