e46 rear bearing replacement

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Yes, my garage needs a major cleaning.
Yes, my garage needs a major cleaning.
There actually is enough room to work on a car in here.
There actually is enough room to work on a car in here.
Crack the lugs loose.  Jack up the car and support it with jack stands.
Crack the lugs loose. Jack up the car and support it with jack stands.
Remove the wheel.  Pose for a picture.
Remove the wheel. Pose for a picture.
Pry the locking collar out of the nothes in the stub axle to make it easier to remove the nut.
Pry the locking collar out of the nothes in the stub axle to make it easier to remove the nut.


Tell your partner to apply the parking brake and stand on the brake pedal.  Use a GOOD 36mm 12 point socket and a breaker bar to loosen the stub axle nut.
Tell your partner to apply the parking brake and stand on the brake pedal. Use a GOOD 36mm 12 point socket and a breaker bar to loosen the stub axle nut.
Have your buddy step on the brake pedal as you crack each inner CV joint bolt loose with a Torx E? socket.  It is usually easier to loosen a bolt while it is on the upper half of the CV joint.  Spin the axle as necessary for access. Remove all 6 bolts and drop the axle down to clear the diff.  You may have to unbolt the rear shock and all or part of the rear swaybar for clearance.
Have your buddy step on the brake pedal as you crack each inner CV joint bolt loose with a Torx E? socket. It is usually easier to loosen a bolt while it is on the upper half of the CV joint. Spin the axle as necessary for access. Remove all 6 bolts and drop the axle down to clear the diff. You may have to unbolt the rear shock and all or part of the rear swaybar for clearance.
Now you can remove the brakes.  pry off the anti rattle clip.
Now you can remove the brakes. pry off the anti rattle clip.