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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 02-18-2009, 11:31 AM
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Replacing E36 Front Wheel Bearings -??

Hey guys, does anyone know exactly what tool do you use
to draw the new bearing/hub on to the spindle...

Is there an OTC part number, BMW part number? etc.
Anyone got a pic or a link to this.

I see how to get it off..
just drawing it back on is the question...


any help/feedback would be appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:00 PM
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It can be done without tools, but it's a PITA. If you've got access to a press to fit the bearing it's not too bad.
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:13 PM
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Well i just did mine today so i can help you you just need a jack some sockets

First you need to loosen the tire nuts then jack it up and remove the tire.

2nd you have to take off the brake caliper then the caliper brake bar

3rd on the rotor there might be a hex bolt you need to remove if there is one to take of rotor

4th once the rotor is removed you will need a flat head screw driver and a hammer.
in the middle of the wheel there is a round cover you will need to put the flat head on the lip of it and use the hammer to hit it a few times then turn and repeat until it comes off then you will need a 1 7/8 socket (that was the size on mine) to remove the nut from under it

the hub comes right off with just a pull

and this is what you need to buy to replace

http://www.autozone.com/R,2341095/ve...ductDetail.htm
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We replaced mine at the shop with no special tools needed other than the HUGE socket for the hub nut.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:40 AM
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I wasn't asking how to get the old bearing/hub off,
I know how to do that....

My question is: How do I get the new bearing/hub back on?
Are you saying to use a socket and hammer and "bang" it on

or

as one of the writeups some where said. you are suppose to use
a push/puller to "draw"/"press" it on...

If this is the case, exactly what tool do you use to do this.
I'm talking the front bearings here ... not the rear...

Thanks
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:54 AM
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I wasn't asking how to get the old bearing/hub off,
I know how to do that....

My question is: How do I get the new bearing/hub back on?
Are you saying to use a socket and hammer and "bang" it on

or

as one of the writeups some where said. you are suppose to use
a push/puller to "draw"/"press" it on...

If this is the case, exactly what tool do you use to do this.
I'm talking the front bearings here ... not the rear...

Thanks


You slide it over the spindle, tighten the bolts down in the back and then put the hub nut on over the spindle. That's it. You don't need an installer or anything.
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That's what i was looking for! Thanks!
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That's what i was looking for! Thanks!

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Just did this today, and for the benefit of future searchers, I put the new hub bearing into the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes, then used wleding gloves to carry it down to the car, where I got it to sit straight and used a block of wood and a baby sledge to tap it just once and it went right on all the way to the back. No fuss, no muss.
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Just did this today, and for the benefit of future searchers, I put the new hub bearing into the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes, then used wleding gloves to carry it down to the car, where I got it to sit straight and used a block of wood and a baby sledge to tap it just once and it went right on all the way to the back. No fuss, no muss.
Huh, interesting idea there, chief!

I know with rear wheel bearings, before I did them on my 328i, I kept them in the freezer for a week. After I popped out the rear bearings with blow torch and chisel (the inner races came out without the outer race - quite common), the frozen rear wheel bearings popped right in. Then had to wait a while until they were room temperature to slide the axle in. Otherwise, the shaft was too big for the hole.
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Huh, interesting idea there, chief!

I know with rear wheel bearings, before I did them on my 328i, I kept them in the freezer for a week. After I popped out the rear bearings with blow torch and chisel (the inner races came out without the outer race - quite common), the frozen rear wheel bearings popped right in. Then had to wait a while until they were room temperature to slide the axle in. Otherwise, the shaft was too big for the hole.
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