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Hey guys. Im stuck. I tried to swap the front wheel offside bearing. Removed the old one (including housing) without too much of an issue. I put the new bearing and housing on but I when I tightened the 46mm bolt I couldnt turn the housing. I put the wheel on without the disc and it did turn. Tight at first but it turned, then it freed off but you could hear a scrapping noise. Removed the housing but the inner bearing ring remained on the shaft. I managed to remove it after an hour n half but I couldnt repair the bearing so I popped the old one back on and the same thing almost happened. Where have I gone wrong?

I made sure the bearing was square, tapped it on with a rubber mallet slowly (again ensuring its square). Any pointers? Have I done something wrong or have I just had a bad part? Im not new to mechanics but im mainly an industrial sparky. Cheers in advance fellas.

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Just a quick update. A local BMW Specialist has quoted me 115 quid to sort it. I wanna do it myself but its time and im low on it. He garrentees the parts to. Oh by the way ive learnt one valuable lesson... put it this way i wont be buying from euro car parts again.

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I bought a front bearing from ecp, it failed within 2 months. They wouldn't refund me as it couldn't be proven it failed as when I removed it to send ot back it split so they said I broke it when I removed it. Bought another from them, same thing happened but I didnt try and return it this time. Both bad bearings although they were fitted correctly.

What brand did you get?

If it wasnt a bad bearing, sounds like you could have tapped on the inner race on instead of the housing and damaged it.

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I picked the more expensive baring that was in stock. Ortis i believe. And i tapped the bearing on with a mallet on the housing and then turned it on with the 46mm nut. Eurocarparts wont refund me or send me another unless i pay for one. Ill be sticking with my local indy for a while. Ive heard mixed things about ECP since i tried popping it on. Maybe i am just unlucky. Dunno.

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Yeah, maybe its an overpriced POS. I thought going for the more expensive of the two id be safe. Guess not. Nice to know im not the only one but as i say maybe im (were) unlucky.

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Bearings are one job i wouldn't DIY as it takes some special tools to do it properly. ECP are decent most of the time, perhaps you were just unlucky...

And the rears i agree on but i thought the fronts might be worth ago. I thought id be alright with it being in th housing already. Nevermind eh.

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I wouldn't do the rears DIY but the fronts are easy. I did my drivers side 3 times (2 ecp and one BMW) and my passenger once (BMW) and they were fine after the BM one went in. this was well over a year ago aswell.

Live and learn I guess bud!

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Just got back from the garage. All sorted now and it cost 110. He checked everything else and mentioned that the control arm bush had split. Next thing on the list lol.

Id of loved to of had another go myself. I couldnt of gone far wrong. Ah well. Til next time.

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