BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Wheel Bearings And STU


Necessary preliminary tasks:

IMPORTANT: Secure swivel bearing against falling out.

Replacement only: Remove brake anchor plate/brake guard plate.

Remove stabilizer link from swivel bearing.

Remove upper control arm from swivel bearing.

Remove tension strut from swivel bearing.

Remove tie rod end from swivel bearing.

Remove lower control arm from swivel bearing.

Remove swivel bearing.

Front Axle
Fig. 59: Identifying Swivel Bearing

After installation:


IMPORTANT: Bearing cannot be dismantled.

Do not wash out bearing.

Remove front wheel.

IMPORTANT: Expand turning lock sufficiently to avoid damaging thread when releasing collar nut.

Release collar nut (1), press brake pedal to floor for this purpose.


Replace collar nut, oil collar nut/wheel bearing contact surface only and tighten down.

No oil permitted on thread of shaft journal or collar nut.

Tightening torque. Secure collar nut by positive peening on flat areas of output shaft.

Front Axle
Fig. 60: Locating Collar Nut

Remove brake disk.

Release screw (1) and pull pulse generator out of bore.


Clean bore for pulse generator and lubricate with Staburags NBU 12/K grease.

Tightening torque.

Release screws (2) and remove holder from swivel bearing.

Front Axle
Fig. 61: Identifying Screws

NOTE: Output shaft has been removed only for the purpose of creating the picture.

Release bolts (1) and remove wheel bearing.


Replace screws.

Tightening torque.

Front Axle
Fig. 62: Identifying Wheel Bearing Nuts

IMPORTANT: Do not damage inner race (1) of wheel bearing.

Detach wheel bearing from output shaft.


Keep contact surface of swivel bearing and wheel bearing clean and free from oil and grease.

Front Axle
Fig. 63: Identifying Inner Race Of Wheel Bearing


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