I could use some advice. I’m not a neophyte, but I’m not a factory trained dealership mechanic, either.
After 114000 miles, rear wheel bearing on Left is bad. Decided to do both sides and things went swimmingly until I tried to take the hubs off. I can’t remove the axle shaft from the hub. If I can’t get the hubs off, I can’t get to the bearings. The hub will not budge in spite of my heroic and creative efforts to employ leverage and brute force.
- a 5 pound slide hammer, and smashed that thing as hard as I could many times. Good cardio, but no movement.
- a 5 ton, 3 legged gear puller and standing and jumping and bouncing on it with all my 170 pounds, no movement.
- same 5 ton puller with a pneumatic impact wrench that delivers close to 300 foot pounds of torque, no movement.
- whaling on the center of the spindle with a drift hit by a heavy mallet repeatedly, until breathless, no movement.
- using a hub-puller (shaped like a harmonic balance puller, but with a “u” shape in the center, and jumping and bouncing on it as in #2 above, and then using the same impact wrench as in # 3. No movement.
- went back to repeat attempts #1 to # 5. Hubs won’t budge.
A thorough review of BMW repair manuals and extensive web-searching have not lead to a solution.
Please what shall I do now with the car as it is up on axle-stands, backed-into and dismantled in my carport? A couple of mobile mechanics I called had no experience with these hubs, or only were willing to pull the hubs in their shop.
Can’t easily get it to a shop, a tow truck won’t be able to pull it out due to clearance side-to side in the carport, and because, the rear wheels, brakes, and axles ain’t attached no more.
Is my last option that of removing the trailing arms, brakes, shocks, etc, and take the trailing arms with hub and axles attached to a machine shop and have them pressed out there?
Girlfriend wanted me to take it to a shop. I wanted to save $700.00 in labor and be the Man! I need to finish the job here and impress the heck out of her. I’m hoping to celebrate a job well done with a ride down to Big Sur with the top down before next week when she travels.
I’ll be grateful for your counsel.