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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-04-2014, 02:06 PM
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Rear wheel bearing DIY or pay someone?

Just wondering if someone has replaced the rear wheel bearing on an E36... if it s a DIY project or better take it to a mechanic...I have done the front wheel bearing+hub last week and it was an easy project with no special tools...but I know for the rear wheel bearing I will need a bearing installation kit(120$+) ...any tips or recommendations? Thanks

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Personal opinion: If I could afford to have someone else do the rear wheel bearings next time I need them changed, I pay 'em. I can't, so I'll be doing that PITA of a job myself.
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I need to replace mine this weekend, not looking forward to it. Hoping my press will make things easier.
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Already had my first complication. Wheel seized to the rotor
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:01 PM
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Done mine over the weekend striped the half shaft torx bolt

If anyone ever want to attempt doing this DIY project I recommend they start by removing the E12 torx bolts before touching anything otherwise they may end up towing their car to a repair shop...
Engel12626 use a big hammer or the back of ur foot to kick it off...

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Old 08-15-2014, 12:26 PM
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It's not that bad! Just grab a blow torch, punch, 12 lbs sledge, PB Blaster, and go to town! Having the SIR rear wheel bearing remover kit also helps a ton as well. :-)
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:46 PM
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Ya I had to use the torch and an impact hammer...

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I wasn't able to do the repair myself because the rotor was seized to the hub. It's not the easiest repair to do without BMW's special bearing puller, which is very expensive.
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:21 PM
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I wasn't able to do the repair myself because the rotor was seized to the hub. It's not the easiest repair to do without BMW's special bearing puller, which is very expensive.
too separate the rotor from the hub, all you need is a hammer. Assuming we are talking about the rear wheel.
you need the tool only after the hub is removed to push the old bearing out and also to install the new one in.
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A torch is your best friend for this job, hands down. I took off the whole trailing arm and did it on a bench and with my 12 ton press. Still was a PIA.
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I found several easy to follow Youtube videos and did this myself.



This one specifically for most the work, but I used a slide hammer (free loan from O'Reillys) to get the bearing out.

I didn't remove the brakes - he does in the video.

The only snag I ran into was getting the half shaft back in, but it wasn't that bad.

I'm glad I tackled it because what I would have paid someone else, I got to invest some of that into more tools

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