Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 323 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 323 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change wheel bearing on BMW E46 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Wheel Bearing for 3 Saloon (E46) and other BMW models
How to change Wheel bearing kit on BMW E46 320 d – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Wheel bearing kit
How to change Wheel bearing on BMW E46 320 d – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Wheel bearing
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Cap, wheel bearing
Tools
Replacement: wheel bearing – BMW E46. Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 46
HEX bit No.H6.
HEX bit No.H7.
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Hammer
Pin punch
Flat Screwdriver
Crow bar
Wheel chock
Replacement: wheel bearing – BMW E46. Professionals recommend:
  • Do not re-use the bearing assembly of your AUDI A4 B6 car.
  • The wheel hub bearing replacement procedure is identical for both wheels on the same axle.
  • Warning! Shut down the engine before starting any work – BMW E46.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 2
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
    Step 3
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  3. Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: wheel bearing – BMW E46. AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 6
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    Detach the brake caliper retaining spring. Use a flat screwdriver.
  6. Step 7
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    Remove the dust boot caps of the brake caliper guide pins. Use a flat screwdriver.
  7. Step 8
    Clean the brake caliper fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 9
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    Unscrew the brake caliper fastening. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 10
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  9. Step 11
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    Remove the brake caliper.
    Replacement: wheel bearing – BMW E46. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Tie the caliper to the suspension or to the body with a wire without disconnecting from the brake hose to prevent depressurization of the brake system.Make sure that the brake caliper is not hanging on the brake hose.Don't press the brake pedal after the brake caliper has been removed. As a result, the piston can fall out from the brake cylinder, and brake fluid leakage and depressurization of the system may occur. Check the brake caliper bracket, brake caliper guide pins and boots. Clean them. Replace, if necessary.
  10. Step 12
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    Remove the brake pads.
  11. Step 13
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    Clean the brake caliper bracket fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  12. Step 14
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    Unscrew the caliper bracket fastening. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  13. Step 15
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    Remove the caliper bracket.
  14. Step 16
    Clean the brake disc fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 17
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    Unscrew the brake disc fastening. Use HEX No.H6. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 18
    Remove the brake disc.
    Step 19
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    Remove the hub bearing protection cap. Use a flat screwdriver. Use a hammer.
    Please note!
    Some cars are not equipped with wheel hub caps.
  16. Step 20
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    Unstake the wheel hub retaining nut. Use a flat screwdriver. Use a hammer.
  17. Step 21
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    Clean the fasteners of the wheel hub bearing. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  18. Step 22
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    Unscrew the hub bearing mounting. Use a drive socket #46. Use a tap wrench.
  19. Step 23
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    Remove the hub and the bearing together, since they are a sealed unit.
  20. Step 24
    Clean the hub bearing mounting seat. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 25
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    Install the new wheel hub with a bearing. Use a hammer.
  21. Step 26
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    Tighten the fastener of the wheel hub bearing. Use a drive socket #46. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 290 nm torque.
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