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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

 
 
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:14 AM   #1
ixtoxi
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Can't get front axle back into differential

Hey fellow iXers. I had a bad front right axle and have removed the old one and am in the process of installing the new one. I am having trouble getting the new front passenger side axle to seat into the differential. The splined shaft with new circlip gets about 3/4 inch from where it needs to be, but I can't get it to snap into place. I installed a new radial seal and everything is clean, but it still will not go. Any hints? Seems to be binding up on the outboard bearing.
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