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    Wheel bearing replacement $1850?!

    I have a bad rear driver side wheel bearing on my F30 2013 328ix. The indie shop I go to said they don't have the right tool to replace the bearing and they called around to a few places and no one else has it either. Apparently, the tool and process changed in 2013, requiring a new tool that is not currently available to the public. The dealership today quoted me $1855(!!) for the replacement of a single wheel bearing. This seems insane to me, but I am worried that I have no other choice. Does anyone have any experience with these on a >2013 vehicle? I can do a decent amount of DIY things, but pulling an old bearing out myself without the right tool sounds like something I should not be trying.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Update: dealer down the road says $1350. Still not what I was expecting, but I guess it is better. Can't wait for some DIYs to come out showing how to do this!

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    Rear bearings are just like any other older ones. Axle disconnect, hub carrier off, press out and in.
    If you can make a puller then it may be possible on wheel.

    There isn't anything special about it. Remember to tighten all the control arms only with wheel compressed down.

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    Take it to a good indy shop and they will probably do it for half the price.
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    -Abel

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    Yeah, it seemed like it was fairly straightforward. But when the indie I took it to said the pulling device was specific to 2013+ models and that they called around and couldn't find one, I got worried and nervous to try DIY for sure.

    I guess maybe I should give it a try myself, not sure.

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    Snoop through https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/ for the factory repair documents.
    -Abel

    - E36 328is ~210-220whp: Lots of Mods. RomRaider self-tune work in progress.
    - 2000 Z3: Many Mods.
    - 2003 VW Jetta TDI Manual 47-50mpg: Many Mods ~300ft/lbs tq, diesel, daily beater. Love/Hate relationship.
    - S52 Estoril M Coupe
    - 2014 328d Wagon, self-tuned, 250hp/400ft-lbs

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    Thank you, that is a pretty awesome link!

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    It's 6 hours of labor and about $350 in parts ...

    The $1,350 estimate doesn't seem too far off. It'd be about $1,200 at my store.
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    Do you even OT? The mean 401k around here is probably about $6, what with all the shiny cars and $1,000 watches and donations to get other members' Volvos running.


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