BMW Cars 1999-06

Center Bearing

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Removal & Installation



  1. Mark the driveshaft at the flanges and at the center bearing for installation back into its original orientation. It is critical for balance that the 2 halves of the driveshaft be replaced into their original relationship.
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  3. Remove the driveshaft.
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  5. Loosen the spline locking sleeve at the center bearing and separate the front section from the rear section.
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  7. Remove the snapring at the splines.
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  9. Use a puller or press to remove the center bearing from the shaft. Note the location of the dust shields.
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To install:

  1. Press the new center bearing onto the driveshaft. The dust shield should be flush with the center mount.
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  3. Clean the splines and coat with moly lubricant. Install the front half to the rear half in the same position as it was removed.
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  5. Install the driveshaft and torque the spline locking sleeve to 12 ft. lbs. (17 Nm), except for 4 wheel drive which is 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm). If not equipped with splines, use a threadlocking compound and torque to 70 ft. lbs. (97 Nm).
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