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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 10-03-2011, 06:51 AM   #1
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Right Front Axle Boot Replacement

Mine (outer) is leaking grease; the indy shop I use for most things wants $800.00 which seems out of line.

I was considering just getting the whole axle from FCP and installing myself. I have looked over a few DIY's - is it hard to get the axle out of the transmission end?
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:27 AM   #2
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Mine (outer) is leaking grease; the indy shop I use for most things wants $800.00 which seems out of line.

I was considering just getting the whole axle from FCP and installing myself. I have looked over a few DIY's - is it hard to get the axle out of the transmission end?
Hey there, I just recently did the same thing. Here are my conclusions: it seems that more than a few people have attempted this repair and run into serious problems either removing the inner joint from the diff or reinserting it back into the diff.

What I did was simple get a new inner boot kit as well so you can separate the inner joint instead of completely removing it. I wrote a nice DIY with pics. Careful though, in order to do it properly you must disassemble the outer joint 100% to clean out the contaminated grease.

Here is a link to the post! Check it out to see what is entailed in this fix: http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...31&postcount=2


All in all, i would have gone with the new axel route but I did not want to deal with axel pullers and such, plus my joints were fine so I just repacked em. Still going strong.

If you are not scared about removing the axel from the diff then by all means go with the axel replacement. Much less work!!!
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:29 AM   #3
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:32 AM   #4
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napa sells oem reman axles for under 100 after the core charge. far easier then repacking. just make sure you have air tools and a big fvcking hammer.
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:26 AM   #5
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I bought a new axle from FCP Groton. Very happy! Left front axle boot is now torn, so will probably replace that axle shortly.
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:16 PM   #6
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+1 on the air tools, and make sure it goes higher than 88ft Lbs of torque those axle nuts are on there with some serious force..at least mine were, i ended up using a 4 ft pipe and a breaker bar to get those free ahahahah
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:40 PM   #7
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Hey there, I just recently did the same thing. Here are my conclusions: it seems that more than a few people have attempted this repair and run into serious problems either removing the inner joint from the diff or reinserting it back into the diff.

What I did was simple get a new inner boot kit as well so you can separate the inner joint instead of completely removing it. I wrote a nice DIY with pics. Careful though, in order to do it properly you must disassemble the outer joint 100% to clean out the contaminated grease.

Here is a link to the post! Check it out to see what is entailed in this fix: http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...31&postcount=2


All in all, i would have gone with the new axel route but I did not want to deal with axel pullers and such, plus my joints were fine so I just repacked em. Still going strong.

If you are not scared about removing the axel from the diff then by all means go with the axel replacement. Much less work!!!

nice DIY mang.

but in all honesty it's way easier and far less time consuming to just replace the whole damn axle. time is money. i made the mistake of doing the boots only, not only did i waste time i lose my car for a week since i was shipped the wrong inner boot :-(

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Old 10-10-2011, 04:16 PM   #8
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I was disappointed in the axle I got from FCP. It caused vibration from day 1. You're much better off with A1-Cadone.
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