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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 03-21-2012, 03:20 PM
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Wheel bearing?

So what's a bad wheel bearing sound like?

My rear tire/s hum quite loudly at highway speeds. Trying to figure it out. Thinking it was a wheel bearing.

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Old 03-21-2012, 03:27 PM
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On my car both sides each sounded like a skateboard wheel on concrete.
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:40 PM
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If its one wheel bearing the noise will get better or worse when you turn left or right.
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:42 PM
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Uh, okay. Mines not at all like that. Not difference turning. Just going at highway speeds...

My tires are about 4 or 5 years old... still in good shape though.

So what else could it be? Its noisy but only a very loud hum. Maybe just road noise?

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Does it change with speed only or does it sound different with acceleration/deceleration?
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:09 PM
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Pretty with speed only.
Acceleration or deceleration doesn't seem to matter.
Its loud enough to have to crank the radio....

I should mention it is a vert. So some noise is expected, but this seems louder than normal.

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even the tread on the tire is good, the robber on the tire gets hard and then u get loud road noise. on each tire is date when it was made.
wheel bearing will get noisier on the corners, not on the straight. it also could be ur diff, ur prop shaft bearing.
check how is the noise changing when u turn in the corners, if it is changing than lift up the wheel and shake it, u will feel the play on the bearing.
when u changed/chacked oil on ur diff?
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If its one wheel bearing the noise will get better or worse when you turn left or right.
Not necessarily. Although commonly true, mind didn't do this.
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even the tread on the tire is good, the robber on the tire gets hard and then u get loud road noise. on each tire is date when it was made.
wheel bearing will get noisier on the corners, not on the straight. it also could be ur diff, ur prop shaft bearing.
check how is the noise changing when u turn in the corners, if it is changing than lift up the wheel and shake it, u will feel the play on the bearing.
when u changed/chacked oil on ur diff?
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So what's a bad wheel bearing sound like?
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On my car both sides each sounded like a skateboard wheel on concrete.
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On my car both sides each sounded like a skateboard wheel on concrete.
I had two separate occasions on my old sedan and this is the best description of the sound, ever. First time it was driver's side rear, and it got louder with increase in speed. Second time was driver's side front, and it would change a little with turning.

Pretty easy job for a competent mech, if you can't do it yourself.
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rear wheel bearing

I replaced both rear wheel bearings and the noise went away!
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If its one wheel bearing the noise will get better or worse when you turn left or right.
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Not necessarily. Although commonly true, mine didn't do this.
Turning didn't make any difference with mine either. Sounded like a skateboard on rough pavement at about 20 - 30 mph, and made a strange rhythmic thrumming noise at highway speeds.

Mine was the passenger side rear, 328 convertible.
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Turning didn't make any difference with mine either. Sounded like a skateboard on rough pavement at about 20 - 30 mph, and made a strange rhythmic thrumming noise at highway speeds.

Mine was the passenger side rear, 328 convertible.
Crap... mine does that. it was my very first post if im not mistaken. add it to the list of mechanicals i need to sort out.

are rear bearings any harder or easier than front?
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Rear are harder. As far as I know, anytime you have a bearing on a drive axle, they are pressed in.
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Not all. afaik like I said above, all bearings on drive axles are.
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Rear wheel bearings are a B1T#$ to replace, and don't give me any competent mechanic can do it fairly easy . Its the worse thing I have ever had to do to my car. The fronts are a walk in the park compared to the back.

If you find a mechanic that would replace a rear wheel bearing for under five hundred I would quickly opt for that.

A little trick to keep in mind if you do try to put them in yourself, put the new bearing in a freezer so it shrinks a touch and then it will go back in easier.
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I've had Wheel bearing problems on 3 cars and now this one. All were fronts but all(including my e36) sounded like a helicopter and when veering either to the left or right would make the sound go away. Don't know if this will help anyone but thought i'd put it up.
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I've had Wheel bearing problems on 3 cars and now this one. All were fronts but all(including my e36) sounded like a helicopter and when veering either to the left or right would make the sound go away. Don't know if this will help anyone but thought i'd put it up.
This is true if the bearing on only one side is bad. if both are bad turning wont really affect it...
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