Thread: Wheel bearings
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      01-27-2012, 08:34 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by persian54 View Post
The thing is.... you can have vibrations in the steering wheel due to an improperly balanced wheel as well... or a tire with chunks missing.... how can you tell the difference if it's the wheel bearing?

Would this be covered under the BMW maintenance warranty?

How much do wheel bearings cost on this car?
Usually it's more clunking/clicking/ticking than vibrations. The sound gets more frequent as you speed up and less frequent as you slow down. It becomes a "whirring" or "rumble" sound at higher speeds.

The 2nd way where you jack the car up, have the wheel in the air and try to push/pull on it and see if there is play - if the wheel has play, you know for sure something is bad.