Sven Nielsen, Technical Director from MEYLE, says the following difficulties may arise with the BMW 1 Series:
Defective wheel bearings
Loud metallic rolling noises are indicators of defective wheel bearings. Increased wheel bearing tolerances can also be diagnosed by tilting the wheel while the car is not under any strain. In order to prevent more serious damage or the complete loss of the wheel bearing, the driver should seek the assistance of a repair garage as soon as possible.
In the event of a defective wheel bearing, MEYLE in-house engineers recommend to always also check the other axle bearings because it has to be presumed that all wheel bearings are exposed to the same stressors and are thus likely to have similar life spans.
To be able to warrant optimum repair results, MEYLE keeps complete MEYLE wheel bearing sets in stock. These kits contain all of the essential installation materials, e.g. locking nuts and screws, lock washer, lubricant grease and other components that are relevant for repairs. Hence, repair garages can forego time- consuming individual orders that would otherwise have to be issued for the necessary installation materials.
A proper professional installation of the wheel bearings and the wheel hubs in the axle stubs according to the manufacturer’s recommendations are also of crucial importance to get the maximum life span out of these components. Hence, the technical trainers from MEYLE offer periodic seminars on the professional replacement of chassis components.
Stabiliser links often worn out
Intense strain and high surface pressure wear and stress on the ball joint. This causes a premature failure of the ball joint and generates noise at the front axle.
MEYLE in-house engineers increased the diameter of the ball head of the ball joint to 22 mm, in addition to using wear-resistant synthetic ball sockets with high-tech grease. The reduction of the surface pressure ensures a significantly longer lifetime.
Our engineers are passionate about improving our MEYLE-HD stabilizer links, constantly seeking new ways of refining all components. To make installation and removal procedures easier for our customers; more and more MEYLE-HD stabilizer links are designed with a wrench attachment at the ball pin. A distinctive advantage when fitting, in particular over those original designs which lack this value-adding feature.
Owing to the larger ball head the ball surface on MEYLE-HD stabilizer links has been increased by 50%.This way we have managed to significantly improve the part‘s load carrying capacity along with its service life. The blue clip-on plastic socket adds additional strength to the MEYLE-HD part.