I have a medium pitched whine when I first drive off in the morning.
It starts at around 20 mph, turning or braking has no effect on it, no
vibrations, but after maybe 1/4 mile the noise is gone until the next
day. 130,000 miles on the car.
So far it seems that the noise is coming from the front passenger
wheel, but as you can tell from my description I have only a few
seconds to listen to it before it is quiet for the rest of the day.
Although I will investigate this some more, I suspect it is the front
wheel bearing on the passenger side.
First off, is there any way I can check this by raising the front end
and checking for excess play?
Second, the Bentley manual gives a decent description of how to
replace the bearings, removing them with a puller, but gives no photo
or drawing. My only concern is pressing the new bearing onto the
"stub axle" while making contact with only the inside bearing race.
I've replaced wheel bearings on other things before and was wondering
if the configuration of the E30 parts was such that I could use a
large socket, roughly the same diameter as the inner race, as a die so
that I could tap in on nice and evenly with a hammer.