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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 08-10-2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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Axle removal

Working on replacing both front axles as CV joints were worn on '04 330xi. Project moving along very nicely until time to remove axle from front hub. After removing axle nut with 36 mm 12 pt socket and removing everything else to free steering knuckle, the axle will not budge. Gave it a few pretty good whacks with hammer/drift combo and nothing happened. Looked at part breakdown and there does not seem to be circlip on the axle outboard side. Other than rust from moisture penetration, what could be holding this up. Any suggestions welcome. Hoping that this will not require removal of entire lower wishbone and carrier to have axle pressed out........

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Old 08-10-2011, 07:40 PM   #2
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go to autozone and rent one of these:



it fastens to the hub using your lugs, then screw in the bolt to push the axle out of the hub.

they're just hard to remove sometimes.

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Old 08-10-2011, 07:43 PM   #3
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I have a similar puller, but too small. Off to parts store I go.

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Old 08-10-2011, 09:13 PM   #4
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wait until you try to get it back in. i had a horrible time getting the axel in the dif. i still don't think its right, have a horrible vibration.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:11 PM   #5
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wait until you try to get it back in. i had a horrible time getting the axel in the dif. i still don't think its right, have a horrible vibration.
Place the axle partially in the diff then remove and cut away the plastic insert that was in the seal. then push the diff as far into the diff as possible without any major force. place the other end of the axle into the hub. then push on the hub repeatedly with moderate force until the axle clicks into place in the diff.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:36 PM   #6
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Seal Replacement

This is an awesome car. In this economy, I probably could not realistically replace it with a new one. My wife will drive it for a loooooooong time. Given that, would you replace the diff seals. Currently no leak but with 86k on odometer ya gotta wonder.......

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