E46 - The Program

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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby tripwalking » Sun May 26, 2013 1:53 pm

I have a press... Can you bring the hubs by themselves or do you need to do it all at once?
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Sun May 26, 2013 2:21 pm

Crap, looks like it has to be done in place.

page 2/3 http://teamdfl.com/bmw/e46/rear_wheel_b ... Page1.html

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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby tripwalking » Sun May 26, 2013 8:42 pm

Wow, quite a job.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby wide_load » Sun May 26, 2013 9:09 pm

What kind of press do you have DW?

I bought a 12 ton one from princess auto and i gone did bent it when trying to push out one of the A4's bearings. (one came out fine)

I'm thinking I needs a bit more umpf to get this side out....
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby tripwalking » Sun May 26, 2013 11:20 pm

I think it's a 50 ton... ?


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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby Dreamstate » Mon May 27, 2013 8:36 am

Vice + metal tool + hammer. The race can be extracted with a screwdriver and a hammer. I've never had to use a press before.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby wide_load » Mon May 27, 2013 9:22 am

Same here Rob: Most races I've either used a chisel/hammer, or cut off.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Mon May 27, 2013 7:34 pm

I think I was expecting everything to be removable... What I really need is a mandrel thing; to "press" the bearing into place on the rear hub. I guess some washers and a big bolt will do?

is this a bearing driver?

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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby wide_load » Mon May 27, 2013 7:36 pm

Does it not "press" itself when you tighten the nut? Maybe I should go back and look at the link above. :lol:
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby tripwalking » Mon May 27, 2013 11:40 pm

That's a bearing press. Maybe cdn tire or autozone rents them out?


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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby Dreamstate » Tue May 28, 2013 9:09 am

That's true.. tool rental is awesome. Part Source has a lot of tools and you don't have to wait 10 minutes to talk to somebody in the automotive department like Canadian Tire.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Tue May 28, 2013 11:15 pm

Just did some research on the differential... I have no idea why they quoted me $230 in parts. The plug is $6, gasket $1... I can get an entire kit including fluid, etc. from ECS for ~$85.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:36 am

I'm attempting to fix the sunroof today (shade is off the track).

Following this: http://www.lincomatic.com/e46sunroof/e46sunroof.html

Will post success/fail later.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:03 pm

90% success. Need to get a couple new right side sliders to totally fix the sunshade.

This is what it looked like after I took it out (and straightened it a bit).

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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby Dreamstate » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:22 pm

Sunroofs are the worst. Why must they always malfunction?
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:28 am

It was the shade rather than the sunroof. I haven't been able to fully open the roof as the shade was off its track. Now I'm going to have to buy a few $16 pieces of plastic.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:47 pm

Holy crap.

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$50 worth of plastic. Dude even took $10 off.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby wide_load » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:51 pm

Gotta love dealer only bits. :)
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby Dreamstate » Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:21 pm

A prime example of the need for 3d printers.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:05 pm

I could have ordered them online an saved $10 a piece, but I was at the dealer anyway. Then I came home and realised I need one more piece. This one is listed at $10 online, so we'll see how much it costs there. After I get that one it should be a quick fix.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:25 pm

Now that the rain has cleared the roof is done. Had to remove a few other plastic bits up there that were jamming things up.

A bit of stiction, but it feels pretty great knowing that it will all work as it should. I think I'm going to order a set of back up pieces, just in case.

Next Episode: Brakes & Wheel Bearings
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:15 pm

Scrap all this planning. PCV valve took a shit on Friday.

An additional $830 repair (and I was just about to complete a $1000 parts purchase on Tuesday).

Going to take the money I'd spend on sudden, unplanned repairs and throw them into evenly spaced car payments.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby Maraschino Larry » Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:43 pm

Woof, that's steep... is it in a really brutal location? Are you guying to buy a Tacoma?
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby professor science » Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:50 pm

You can't see it from any angle. Intake manifold has to be removed.
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Re: E46 - The Program

Postby wide_load » Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:25 pm

So $830 repair but a $30 part?
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