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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 04-06-2012, 01:26 PM
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Yes, the rears are much harder than the fronts. They are actually quite a pain in the ass! You will need more than an average set of DIY tools. I had to use a section of inch fine pitch threaded rod, an assortment of very thick washers, several very large sockets (used as bearing press/arbors) and a couple of very hard to find nuts to fit the threaded rod.

I tried using a bearing puller set that I got from harbor freight but I ended up breaking the threaded rod that came in the set. (It wasn't a very high quality set, but I was hopeful that it would get the job done.)

I used these links for guidance:

When it absolutely, positively, has to be destroyed overnight! OohRaah!!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:18 PM
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my driver front is making a tad bit of noise...will replace it soon enough.

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Old 04-06-2012, 03:56 PM
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So I was under car for a bit and noticed the front left ball joint has very little (ok almost none) rubber left.
However the right looks new...
Will replace that and see if it helps.

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Old 04-07-2012, 08:56 AM
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I forgot to mention how I knew which rear wheel bearing was bad. I jacked up the car and removed the wheels. Then I started up the car and very slowly accelerated up to when the noise began. you need someone to tell you which side is making more noise becasue you probably won't be able to tell from inside your car.
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