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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 07-25-2011, 09:00 PM   #41
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Here's an attempt at showing how it currently looks, after pushing in the new axle:



Small gap, not sure wtf is going on there:


Another angle


Last one:


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Old 07-26-2011, 06:46 AM   #42
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That looks fine as long as the snap ring is engaged.

The first photo looks like the cv joint separated a bit, which you should avoid doing.
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:43 AM   #43
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I have differential oil leakage on both left and right side after the axle replacement. I used genuine shaft seals and re-man a1-cardone axles. Is the leakage from the seal, or the axle mating surface, or the assembly process?Thanks.
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:40 PM   #44
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That looks fine as long as the snap ring is engaged.

The first photo looks like the cv joint separated a bit, which you should avoid doing.
BUMP.

I've finally received the last missing parts and I'm putting things back together.

Now I'm a little paranoid. I pushed the left side axle back into the hub, and it rotates fine when the whole assembly is straight, but when I turn it to an angle, the CV/axle has a very hard time rotating - is it something that will work itself out with a little use, or did I separate the joint, as mentioned above, and not put it back together properly, and now it's stuck?

How do I put a separated joint back together if that's the case?
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:45 PM   #45
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Here's an attempt at showing how it currently looks, after pushing in the new axle:


Thanks!
I just got done with this job. i had the exact same question with the cardone axles. I finally said (after 3 beers and an hour of trying different ways to get it in) let's button it back up and see if it works... no issues what so ever.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:42 AM   #46
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Same issue, I am pulling it and putting in the Leobro axle.

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I have differential oil leakage on both left and right side after the axle replacement. I used genuine shaft seals and re-man a1-cardone axles. Is the leakage from the seal, or the axle mating surface, or the assembly process?Thanks.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:15 AM   #47
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Phew!!! What a job... not to discourage anyone, but there's a lot of hidden extra work that comes with CV/axle replacement when a) the car is old and rarely been worked on and b) you've never done it before. Lots of seized on bolts & nuts, rust & grime to remove, lots of hammering to get axle out and back in, lots of wondering if you're doing it right when there's tiny gaps that turn out not to matter when everything's back together.

Overall AWESOME experience, and the car is 100% better now! So stoked. I took a few pictures here and there, I'll try to post a short write up. In short, I ended up doing a whole front-end workover: new cv/axle left and right, new left and right lower control arms, new inner ball joints, new tie rod ends, new sway links, new control arm polyurethane bushings, MAJOR cleanup of the CV-boot-grease mess. Stoked!
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:02 AM   #48
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here is a video now that you mentioned seized bolts and stuff, i did this video by popping the ball joint to install the axle
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:08 PM   #49
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I have same issue 05 325xi driver side inner boot leaking I'm debating if to fix just the cv boot or replace the whole axle with a GKN oem supplier from PelicanParts.com
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:44 PM   #50
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^^ I'd say it depends on how long it's been leaking and how many miles are on the axle. If the boot's been busted for a while, don't take the risk, just replace the axle, it doesn't take any longer.

Just found out my passenger side outer boot is busted, AGAIN. ~14 months since I replaced it with brand new reman'ed Cardone one. Argh.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:46 PM   #51
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KUBICA
Thanks for your input/fix/and parts your replacement of the front axles on the xi and parts list is extreamly precise .i was shop foremen at Wide World of Cars and could not have researched this as fast as i found it in Your post Great Job Flash Gordon BMW Master Tech 16 years.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:07 PM   #52
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Thanks for the write up
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:33 PM   #53
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Re: 325xi Front CV/Axle Repair

@itanekes it has been leaking for like 5 months and the car has 93k on it where can I find cheap brand new replacement axles passenger side anyone $100-$250 range

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Old 12-29-2013, 05:47 PM   #54
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Why not read the forums...it says pelican parts or Rock Auto...
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Old 12-29-2013, 05:53 PM   #55
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Re: 325xi Front CV/Axle Repair

@chliton88 cause I wanted to see if you guys knew of any other I usually buy from pelican parts or Bavauto or Northside auto parts

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Old 01-02-2014, 04:27 AM   #56
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Replaced the left front with Cardone from Rockauto, and they are clunking and vibrating even at low spreads. Anyone have this issue?
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