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rear wheel bearings

How hard is it to replace the rear wheel bearings in a 1993 325i. Any special tools required. Thanks Joe
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Hard. Im going to get the shop to do mine. You'll need the special BMW tool to pull it out and press it back in. Ppl have gotten by by using rigged stuff and getting creative but generally, this is not a DIY.
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Not an easy job. You need to pull the old bearing out, and press the new one in. Unless you have done this sort of work before, I reccomend having someone with experience do it for you.

I'm going to have to do my front bearings soon, and I'm dreading it. One of those rare occasions where I might have someone do it for me.
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Wrong!

Took me two nights- first one to get the hang of it and call around when I got stuck, second night to finish pulling off the "knuckle" or spindle,

Gonna take it to a shop (just the spindle/bearing) to get it pressed out and new pressed in ($40) and I paid $40 from the dealer for the part. Origionally quoted $430 from the dealer at a hourly commitment of 3.2 hours.

hardest part was getting the darn e-brake cable disconnected from the spindle- the rest was all bolt on/ bolt off (except for whacking the axle softly back out of the spindle)
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Glad to hear it went well.
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U still have to press the new bearing in AND press in the spindle~
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>>>o0o0oh and Jared your front ones are very easy to replace...they come already assembled~
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Jared - you are too kind - I didn't mean to sound so harsh when I told others that you evaluation of the situation was "wrong". You are the expert here and I am only the shade tree mechanic. I re-read what I wrote and it came off to stong.

I did finish the rear rplacement and did not have to press out/in the spindle. the rear spindle on my 97 was bolt on/off. Again, hardest part after the mechanic shop pressed in/ou my bearing off the spindle, was the stupid e-brake cable.

Had to make sure the bearing was a good one and that the car was safe before I gave it back to my wife, did 130 mph for 20 minutes yesterday- fastest commute on a lonely highway i've ever had!

looks like I bolted it back together OK...
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Dont worry about it.
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I have a question how were you able to determin that the rear wheel bearing are bad. I have a 94 325Is with 145000 miles. i hear some sort of growling noise from the rear when i come to a normal stop. I have done all brakes / rotors. I changed rear end fluid with redline but noise is still there.Ft. wheel bearings were changed. Any info would be great . Thanks Vic
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