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Old 11-15-2013, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by nyum96 View Post
Would using a "freeze" process on the bearing/hub/knuckle work?

Maybe: (1) Freeze the hub and heat the bearing. Slide the 2 together. (2) freeze the hub and bearing as a solid unit then slid into the heated knuckle.

I tried this on my old Porsche and had the bearing in in 5 seconds. Slid right on the hub with a little Vaseline. Refroze and into the knuckle it went.

Just a thought but not sure on a X5.

Wouldn't work unless maybe on the rear, the front bearings actually need to be pressed in the knuckle first, then the retaining circlip fitted in the knuckle's groove, then the hub pressed back in. you couldn't install the front ones as an assembly bc of the circlip.

and I don't know about Dave's experience but the rear bearings might actually be easier than the fronts on our E53.
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