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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 04-06-2008, 08:18 PM
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Front Wheel stuck to hub

My front tire has a nail in it and I tried pull the wheel off to patch the tire, but the wheel seems to be stuck. After removing all of the lug nuts, the wheel still won't budge. We tried loosening it with a 4x4 piece of wood wedged under the back of the wheel and hammering the wood, but with no success.

Any suggestions?

The car is scheduled for regular maintenance tomorrow at the dealer, anything in particular to ask/tell the dealer?

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Old 04-06-2008, 08:21 PM
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roll it a few feet with all the bolts loosened
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:40 PM
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roll it a few feet with all the bolts loosened
And if that does`nt do it, drive it about 10 feet and NAIL the brakes....

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Old 04-06-2008, 08:44 PM
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Bang on it with a BFH. You have an aluminum wheel mating against a steel hub and when you add an electrolyte (like water and salt) galvanic corrosion will fuse the metals.

Before you reinstall wheel, clean the hub and wheel surfaces and then use a little anti-seize compound around the hub center. This will retard the corrosive process. gordo
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Make sure to put anti seize paste on the rotor face upon reassembly to prevent this problem in the future.
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You're a little slow tonite Ryan....
LOL, we posted at the same time. Well..........almost
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And if that does`nt do it, drive it about 10 feet and NAIL the brakes....

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Thanks Bob, worked great (I was baffled)... I am new to BMWs and didn't realize cars with run flat tires have no jack or lug wrench, but the ones from my A6 fit nicely!
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take a rubber mallet and hit the tire to loosen it
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Thanks Bob, worked great (I was baffled)... I am new to BMWs and didn't realize cars with run flat tires have no jack or lug wrench, but the ones from my A6 fit nicely!
Bob's advice is often hillarious and true.

The jack provided with the e46 is a scary piece of mechanism, first thing I replaced.
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I don't like driving with the tire lugs undone. Just doesn't feel right. Plus, you probably have the car up, you have to put it down, then jack it up again.
I kick the tire a couple of times on both sides. Sometimes it takes some kicking if you haven't taken the tire off in a while but works fine.
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I don't like driving with the tire lugs undone. Just doesn't feel right.
Yo, Sherlock....it`s not like you`re starting off on a cross-country drive with loose lugs....you`re cruising maybe 10 feet down your driveway, fer Chrissakes....sometimes it takes a LOT more than a few kicks to break `em loose, especially the rears....if you don`t have a block of 4 by 4 and a BF hammer available, ya gots to *improvise* !!!
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Bob's advice is often hillarious and true.

The jack provided with the e46 is a scary piece of mechanism, first thing I replaced.
Yes, it's as if BMW purposely said "what is the best way to mame our owners?" "That jack ought to do it!"
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There were numerous reports of peoples using the BMW jack and the car fell on them. They all survived without a scratch. That just shows the BMW jack is perfectly safe and suited to its purpose. If people use the jack for anything but the intended purpose, it isn't BMW's fault.
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There were numerous reports of peoples using the BMW jack and the car fell on them. They all survived without a scratch. That just shows the BMW jack is perfectly safe and suited to its purpose. If people use the jack for anything but the intended purpose, it isn't BMW's fault.
Excuuuuse me....have you ever heard the saying "Your ass is sucking wind "?
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:45 PM
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Bob's advice is often hillarious and true.
And then, as if on cue......

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Excuuuuse me....have you ever heard the saying "Your ass is sucking wind "?
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last time I tried to get them off the rears were stuck on badly... No, smacking with the rubber mallet or kicking didn't do anything. A 1/4mi drive with loose bolts did, though. Didn't die, lose the wheels or crash... must have been lucky. lol I dont believe there is any danger in doing this. Once the bolts on my front wheels came loose by themselves for some reason. I noticed the car made a clicking noise during braking and they were way more loose than you need to get the wheel unstuck, yet I didn't lose the wheels that time either.
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Thanks for the tipe everyone. With the advise here I gave my rear driver's side wheel (suffering from a slow leak) 3 serious kicks to get the wheel off. This is my 1st BMW and the car pleases me well, but I was not so confident in the stability of the jack accessory. Needless to say the, durability of the BMW name persists and my confidence has been affirmed. BTW, the chuck is a nice piece to have around. . .
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:35 PM
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Thanks for the tipe everyone. With the advise here I gave my rear driver's side wheel (suffering from a slow leak) 3 serious kicks to get the wheel off. This is my 1st BMW and the car pleases me well, but I was not so confident in the stability of the jack accessory. Needless to say the, durability of the BMW name persists and my confidence has been affirmed. BTW, the chuck is a nice piece to have around. . .
Go buy yourself a *real* jack....even those $29 "Trolley Jacks" from Sears (the ones that come in a molded-plastic carry case) are better than the POS that BMW gives us.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:18 PM
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Spray a lot , all around and inside the lug nut area, kepp rotate tire while you spray so WD-40 cann seep into the hub let it seat for about 20 minutes, it'll come loose
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:49 AM
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BFH's work fine to remove the wheel. Hit the tire on the inside to drive it away from the hub.
VW has a similar jack that they call the widow maker. Works fine but still looks ugly. I would recommend using a floor jack and jack stands when using the VW jack.
Harbor Freight has a electric scissor jack that works just fine for $60. Received one for christmas. The one problem with it is that you have to carry several blocks of wood to jack up the jack so you can jack up the car. A 2"x8"x10" works just fine.

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what we do at discount tire is get WD40 and then kick the tire!
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I took a rubber mallet and beat the **** outta my tire and it came loose.

DONT drive the car without lugnuts......
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Hi, I have 3problems,
First,, when I turn rite, I can hear a slite rattling only for 2 to 3 seconds, something happens when I accelerate, again 2 to 3 seconds, can anyone tell me what the problem is? I have recently changed all round breaks and disks, also on the 2 front wheels I have changed , end rods, link bar, front rear bush, and wishbones. All new and did it my self. Both wheels. So, is it a wheel-bearing problem? Is it the turbo? Or is it the just the engine? However, engine sound is 100% no faults.

Second,, the car imobalizer key (the three button key), stoped working while trying to switch on the car, the 3 locking buttons are working fine it's just the key won't turn the car. And because of the that my CD player unit is not working because when the key busted while trying to switch on the car I saw the stereo lights flashing and when the flash stopes the stereo stopes making noise. So, do I need to reset recode the stereo to come back to life? Or is it dead?

Third,,, when am on the move, and press on the break I can hear a clicking cound on the front driver side break pads or at least I think it is the break pads. Do you guys think the calliper needs bleeding? Or why is it making that sound?


Please help, anything will do. Thanks in advance ever so much.

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