e46 rear bearing replacement

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Remove the black plastic caps from the back sode of the caliper guide pins.
Remove the black plastic caps from the back sode of the caliper guide pins.
Remove the caliper guide pins with a 7mm hex bit.
Remove the caliper guide pins with a 7mm hex bit.
Remove the caliper from the carrier.  You may have to pry the pads apart slightly with a screwdriver to clear any ridge on the edge of the rotor.  Don't forget to support it with a wire or bungee cord to avoid stressing the crimped end of the brake line.
Remove the caliper from the carrier. You may have to pry the pads apart slightly with a screwdriver to clear any ridge on the edge of the rotor. Don't forget to support it with a wire or bungee cord to avoid stressing the crimped end of the brake line.
Remove the two carrier bolts with a 16mm socket.
Remove the two carrier bolts with a 16mm socket.
Remove the rotor hold-down screw with a 6mm hex bit.  Release the parking brake and remove the rotor.  Be prepared with a dead blow hammer in case the rotor does not want to part ways with the hub.
Remove the rotor hold-down screw with a 6mm hex bit. Release the parking brake and remove the rotor. Be prepared with a dead blow hammer in case the rotor does not want to part ways with the hub.
Drive the stub axle out of the hub.  Keep an eye on the inner CV joint to make sure it does not hang up anywhere.  Be prepared to use large hammers and excessive force to get the axle moving.  DO NOT DAMAGE THE AXLE THREADS!!!  Leaving the old nut on the threads will help protect the stub axle.  if you ding a thread, your day is over.
Drive the stub axle out of the hub. Keep an eye on the inner CV joint to make sure it does not hang up anywhere. Be prepared to use large hammers and excessive force to get the axle moving. DO NOT DAMAGE THE AXLE THREADS!!! Leaving the old nut on the threads will help protect the stub axle. if you ding a thread, your day is over.
Put the old nut back on to protect the threads.  I'm repeating this because thread damage to the stub axle is fatal.
Put the old nut back on to protect the threads. I'm repeating this because thread damage to the stub axle is fatal.
That's better.  Have your partner stay under the car to guide the inner end of the axle.
That's better. Have your partner stay under the car to guide the inner end of the axle.
The hub miraculously came out without the outboard inner bearing race.  Usually the race stay on the hub.
The hub miraculously came out without the outboard inner bearing race. Usually the race stay on the hub.