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coley20

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2,089 posts

77 months

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Wednesday 15th April 2009 quote quote all
Im pretty sure I need a new wheel bear, got a rumbling which seems to get worse when i bare left.

To test should I, jack the car up spin the wheel and see if there is any play?

Also is it an easy thing to change or best leave it for a garage?

(E39 530d)

dave_s13

9,472 posts

155 months

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Thursday 16th April 2009 quote quote all
Jack car up, grab top and bottom (or left/right) of wheel and check for lateral play. Don't think there should be much.

Try googling "e39 wheel bearing"

PJ S

9,993 posts

113 months

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Thursday 16th April 2009 quote quote all
Side to side is best for bearing, as top-bottom could show upper wishbone knuckle joint issue.
Supposed to be a bit of singing at anything over 40, so window down and listen.

bazking69

8,612 posts

76 months

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Thursday 16th April 2009 quote quote all
Most noticable at 50-56MPH, and gets a little quieter above that?

jkennyd

2,748 posts

85 months

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Thursday 16th April 2009 quote quote all
Side to side is the way to go. Listening for the whine while driving. You may even feel it without having to jack it up (sounded a bit sexual that last part smile )
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ChasW

870 posts

88 months

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Thursday 16th April 2009 quote quote all
This has happened to me three times. Grating noise can usually be detected when car is jacked up and you spin the wheel.

If it's not under warranty just take it to local garage. It's a routine job.

Deano_BMW

312 posts

72 months

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Thursday 16th April 2009 quote quote all
check your CV joint/boot too

SJobson

8,719 posts

150 months

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Friday 17th April 2009 quote quote all
My BMW specialist says wheel bearings on the E39 are a nightmare to diagnose because they don't really have any play even when they're properly going. He wasn't trying to sell me new bearings; he told me not to bother replacing them.

coley20

Original Poster:

2,089 posts

77 months

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Friday 17th April 2009 quote quote all
guess ill just wait and see what mot brings up the rear one seems to have a bit of play im worried its the diff

mr.man

410 posts

102 months

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Saturday 18th April 2009 quote quote all
Just one thing about E39 wheel bearings and that is that I replaced both front bearings only to discover they weren't really worn. The rumbling noise was coming from the TYRES just as my main dealer suggested it could be but I didn't believe them. Changed from Continentals to Eagle F1's and no more noise.

SJobson

8,719 posts

150 months

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Sunday 19th April 2009 quote quote all
My Goodyear F1s make loads of noise on some surfaces, so they're not a panacea.

ChasW

870 posts

88 months

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Sunday 19th April 2009 quote quote all
Although my experience was with non-BMW if the problem is wheel bearings the noise will get worse

ChasW

870 posts

88 months

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Sunday 19th April 2009 quote quote all
Although my experience was with non-BMW if the problem is wheel bearings the noise will get worse
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