F10 and F01 wheels clicking

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Ok your probably wondering what the hell is this,,,,well this is part of a repair for F10 and F01 front wheel bearing noise,,,,it’s a special grease that sometimes fixes the problem,,,,,and sometimes doesn’t,,,this is to stop a clicking noise heard from the front wheels while turn your wheels while at a stop,,,,what happens is that the wheel bearing hubs moves slightly when there is a load on it causing a clicking noise from the wheel area.

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This is a picture of the steering hub with the wheel bearing already removed,,,,,you apply that special grease on the mounting surface of where the wheel bearing mounts

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Here a picture of the back side of the bearing hub,,,,this part mount flush with the steering hub,,,,you also apply some grease on the mounting surface,,,,so when the wheel bearing shifts slightly it won’t make a clicking noise.

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Here the other side you more likely to see,,,,this is where the brake rotor and tire mount on to,,,,if applying the special greas doesn’t fix the problem,,,,the we replace both front wheel bearing hubs,,,,and that’s what happened to me,,,,,so we end up doing the same job twice,,,,because BMW doesn’t what to put wheel bearings on a car if it doesn’t have to,,,,don’t get me wrong I have had the grease work plenty of times,,,,it probably 50% of the time.

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8 Responses to F10 and F01 wheels clicking

  1. kr4va says:

    gzzzzzz, never heard of the bearing moving

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    • What it is the 4 bolts that hold the bearing to the steering hub,,,flexes and shifts slightly causing a clicking noise,,,,only happens when stopped and turning the steering wheel side to side complete end stops

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  2. Chuck says:

    I have a popping noise when i turn the wheel and step on the brakes while in reverse or going forward. The dealer initally said it was a faulty strut and replaced the whole front driver side under cpo warranty. But after the fix the noise is still there. The tech said that its common for the 2012 f10 to have the popping noise and it was not the strut. he said bmw used a different caliper and when you brake you hear the popping noise and a way to fix the issue is to replace the front brake pads even though theres plenty of life left on them. With new pads it keeps the plate from shifting as much when you brake. It kind of sounds like a pop when you turn the wheel and depress the brakes. I wonder if this issue your talking about is the same as what i hear. Its kind of annoying now when i park in my garage theres a loud poping noise while turning the wheel and stepping on the brake to park or moving forward at a slow speed.

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    • Question,,,,does the wheel have to be turned to make this popping noise,,,,,ok we did have a clicking noise from the front brake pads moving back and forth when go from drive and then to reverse the brake pads would shift and make a clicking noise,,,,,not a popping noise,,,,,the popping noise could be coming from a wheel bearing with the wheels turned and a load on them,,,,,or its coming from a suspension component ,,,,,I hope this helps

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      • Chuck says:

        Thanks for the quick response. If I move the car forward while stepping on the brake it makes the noise and goes away until I turn the wheel again to a different direction and straighten out it will make the noise again. The tech took me out to a parking lot and all he did while going straight is turn the wheel and press the brake and it makes a pop. In reverse it does the same. So I think my issue might be what your thread is about. What kind of grease is that?. I’m thinking of bringing this up maybe they can give it a try to see if it solves the issue.

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      • It’s a special grease from BMW ,,,,tell them there is a BMW bulletin about this problem and how to fix it.,,,,the only thing you say it’s a popping noise,,,,the wheel bearing noise is more a clicking noise.

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      • Chuck says:

        Thanks for all your help. I will definitely mention that when I bring it in. I might be describing the noise wrong it can be a clicking rather than the poping. Any chance you know the BMW bulletin number so I can reference that to them?

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      • No I don’t know what the bulletin number is,,,,,your dealer should know all about it .

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