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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-19-2015, 02:39 PM
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Am I missing something in here??

My passenger side wheel.. Let me know if anyone know what I'm missing here!!
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Old 05-19-2015, 03:39 PM
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Uh.. Did you say "yuuts"?
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Looks like it's the tip of your rear axle missing just outside the splines? There should be a nut on there. Unless of course it's the front... then there should be a hole in the middle.

Here's a pretty decent write-up on replacing the rear wheel bearings. Shows what belongs in the middle of your rear hub:

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Missing my 2000 e39 540i 6 Speed Sport

"BMW's are well engineered, so they are fun to work on. You may want to put a TV in your garage" - TX530i
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:41 AM
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Why the "open-ended" question? What is your issue? Is this liken the "Boys" magazine from
years ago that asks you to find the one-armed man in a subway crowd?
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:42 AM
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I should have been little more specific... Ma bad. I have a steering wheel shake at 45-50 mph. I tried everything. On the back wheels there was something in the middle and I thought it should be the same up front but it's not so I'm lost again w my little issue..
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:37 AM
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For bearings, typing /bearings f3 in the bestlinks nets this:
- How to diagnose & replace front wheel bearings the easy way (1) & how to replace front wheel bearings the traditional way (1) (2) & as part of a complete suspension overhaul (1) & how to replace rear wheel bearings (1) (2) (3) & a rear axle suspension & wheel bearing installation DIY by mmm635 (1) (2) & rear bearings done the cn90 easy way (1) or the Smolck slide-hammer way (1)

While, for vibration, typing /vibration nets this:
- The main causes front-end clunk while driving (1) & clunking while braking (1) & the generic causes of vehicle vibration while highway driving (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & while highway braking (1) (2) (3) & why it's not rotor "warp" (1) & severe ABS shuddering while slow speed braking on bumps (1) & how fluid-filled thrust arm bushings crack and tear causing the BMW to vibrate at speed (0) (1) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & a comprehensive TireRack vehicle vibration diagnosis chart (1) (jpg) with wheel match mounting hints (1) & how a worn drive shaft, flex disc, center bearing, or "giunti Boschi", aka giubo (it's not spelled guibo although it sounds like it is to some) can cause the vehicle to vibrate (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to repair the rear driveshaft seal by the differential (1) & how to repair the inner constant velocity (CV) half-drive shaft (1).
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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